Real Estate Designations
GRI, ABR, CRS - What Do They Mean and Why Are They Important?
GRI, CRS, CRP - what does all this alphabet soup mean to you? When
you see initials like these behind a REALTOR®'s name, it means that
this person is a committed professional, not content just to take
the courses needed to get and maintain a real estate license, but
determined to improve his or her professional skills. They have
devoted time to attending advanced educational courses and taking
examinations to earn these designations.
ABR ABRM ALC CCIM CIPS CRB CRE CRP CRS CSP ePro GRI LTG QSC SIOR SRES
Accredited Buyer Representative - denotes a Sales Associate
who is qualified to provide buyer representation and is familiar
with buyer brokerage and buyer agency issues. Requires a 12
hour course, active membership in REBAC, and at least five documented
transactions during the previous 18th month period where the
Sales Associate acted as a buyer's represetative. Awarded by
Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC).
The Accredited Buyer Representative Manager designation, is
geared toward brokers, owners and managers who wish to incorporate
buyer representation into their daily practice. Those who have
earned the ABRM designation have overseen a minimum of 25 real
estate transactions involving a buyer agent or have had more
than two years of experience in the oversight of buyer representatives.
REBAC is an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®.
It is conferred by the Real
Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC).
The Accredited Land Consultant designation is conferred by
Land Institute. Members specialize in areas such as subdivision
development, real estate marketing, urban and investment land,
and farms and ranches. Requirements include course work, passing
a comprehensive exam, service to the Institute, documented
experience, and passing an oral interview – all within a two-year
A Certified Commercial Investment Member is a recognized
professional in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset
management, valuation, and investment analysis. As an experienced
expert, a CCIM is an invaluable resource to the commercial real
estate owner, investor, and user. The Commercial
Investment Real Estate Institute (CIREI), through its education
program, has been conferring the CCIM designation since 1969.
The 240 hours of graduate-level curriculum leading to the designation
represent the finest education available in real estate. Professional
experience requirements ensure that a CCIM is skilled not only
in theory, but also in practice.
Certified International Property Specialist awarded by the
Network through the National Association of REALTORS® and
local REALTOR® organizations.
The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) Designation
is recognized throughout the industry as the symbol of excellence
in brokerage management. In order to be eligible for the CRB
Designation, candidates must have been directly responsible
for the effective management of a real estate business as an
active principal in a brokerage management capacity, or in a
real estate related management position for a minimum of two
(2) consecutive years which may be acquired while enrolled in
the CRB Management Certification Program. In addition, at least
18 course units are required. Awarded by the Real
Estate Brokerage Managers Council.
of Real Estate (CRE) is an international group of real estate
professionals who provide advisory services to clients on property
and land-related matters.
Certified Relocation Professional, awarded by the Employee
Relocation Council. In order to obtain the CRP™ designation,
an individual must pass a comprehensive exam that covers relocation
issues related to corporate policies, appraising, real estate,
legal considerations, and family concerns. Only those relocation
professionals who have demonstrated a minimum of two years'
experience dealing with relocation issues are allowed to sit
for the exam. Industry professionals who have earned the CRP™
designation are dedicated to expanding their knowledge in order
to provide the utmost in service and quality to today's transferees
and their employers.
Certified Residential Specialist - the "master's degree
of real estate". Every CRS Designee must have a proven track
record in the business, as well as advanced education in related
areas like finance, technology and marketing. The training available
to CRS Designees includes a strong focus on technology and its
applications in the real estate business. Awarded by the Residential
The Certified Sales Professional designation is conferred by
the National Sales and Marketing Council of the National
Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Candidates are required
to complete 24 hours of course work.
is a new certification first offered in 2000 by the National
Association of Realtors®. It is a comprehensive Internet certification
program for real estate professionals. e-PRO holders have completed
a course covering fundamentals of doing business online, ways
of creating and maintaining online relationships, web marketing
ethical and legal issues, and ways to adapt to new ways of doing
REALTOR® Institute, is a nationally professional real estate
designation. This designation may only be earned after successfully
completing a rigorous educational program that includes 92 hours
of live course instruction from a statewide faculty selected
because of extensive experience in their own areas of expertise.
This designation is available only to members of the local,
state and National Association of REALTORS®.
Training Graduate designation recognizes members of the
Women's Council of Realtors who have achieved a superior level
of leadership expertise through education, experience and industry
service. Both men and women can be members of the WCR.
Quality Service Certification®, is presented by Quality
Service Certification, Inc., and is recognized for credit
toward the CRB Designation through the Council’s Accreditation
Program. The program provides an education program leading to
service certification and includes a formal framework and process
for delivering measurably better service results. It offers
consumers the opportunity to identify and select certified service
professionals based upon the experience, quantified feedback
and evaluations of other consumers.
of Industrial and Office Realtors confers this designation
to agents with five years of industrial and office real estate
experience who fulfill all educational requirements, pass a
comprehensive membership exam, or hold the CCIM designation.
Designees must meet an annual minimum in closed transactions
by number, volume or square footage as set by local chapters.
Senior Advantage Real Estate Council®, "SAREC", offers
a specific designation, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, "SRES®",
to identify those members who have successfully completed
its education program along with other prerequisites. REALTORS
with the "SRES" designation help seniors make wise decisions
about selling the family home, buying rental property or managing
the capital gains and tax implications of owning real estate.
By earning the "SRES" designation, the REALTOR has demonstrated
that they have the requisite knowledge, experience and expertise
to be a senior's real estate specialist and counselor.