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The following information is provided by the Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD).

Last week, in celebration of NAR’s Designation Awareness Month, we discussed the differences between a designation and a certification. This week, we’re going to take it a step further and give you guidance about exactly where to go to research which designations and certifications fit you best, or interest you most.

NAR and all of the organizations affiliated with it offer education in some format and one or more credentials. Four of these organizations focus predominantly on residential real estate: REBAC, REBI, RRC and WCR. The others focus on specialized real estate markets or activities such as commercial investment, property management, land brokerage and real property advising.

In total, there are 26 NAR credentials (designations and certifications). Each of these individual programs have their own dedicated websites (see within the link above), which are a great place to start your research if you are looking for detailed information about each credential, such as requirements for obtaining, benefits and fees. The vast majority of NAR credentials require specific coursework.

Furthermore, a detailed, comprehensive and sortable database of all courses offered by NAR and its affiliates is located at the NAR Courses Directory.

In addition to the links above, there are two important learning platforms that you should be aware of when planning your education:

  • Most residential and international-focused education from NAR that is available in classroom format rolls up under the website. Using this site, real estate professionals can register for onsite classroom courses in locations that work for them.
  • A similar set of education in online format rolls up under, which is NAR’s popular online learning platform. On this site, real estate professionals can sign up for online courses and complete them on their own timeframe, since the individual course sites are good (“live”) for a full year in your account.

Regardless of format, if you are looking for a particular course but can’t find it on either of these two sites, go back to the NAR Courses Directory or to the specific program’s website and contact their program team for guidance.

In addition to these credential-focused education programs, NAR also offers an accredited and fully-online Master of Real Estate (MRE) graduate-level program, Code of Ethics Training Resources and the Leadership Academy.

To celebrate Designation Awareness Month, during the month of November, all online designation and certification courses offered in the online format through the Center for REALTOR® Development at its site are 20% off their regular price. For more information about NAR’s Designation Awareness Month, click here.

For more information, please visit RISMedia’s online learning portal from NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD) and the Learning Library. Here, real estate professionals can sign up for online professional development courses, industry designations, certifications, CE credits, Code of Ethics programs and more. NAR’s CRD also offers monthly specials and important education updates. New users will need to register for an account.

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