The "Key to Success" is Education!
Look to your Association for the fullest range of professional development and education options. Leadership and staff makes professional development a top priority by offering a broad selection of education forums and seminars based on REALTOR® interest in specific topics. The New Jersey Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® and BCCAR offer educational opportunities through Special Designation Programs such as GRI (Graduate REALTOR® Institute), ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), and SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist).
Four times a year, BCCAR convenes a Professional Development Focus Group, comprising industry veterans and newcomers alike, to cull information and identify industry trends which may be used in designing programming initiatives.
Professional Designations Endorsed by the National Association of Realtors®
Earning a designation or certification takes a commitment to your career, time, money, and demonstrates your desire to become a leader in the industry. Because of this we would strongly recommend that you work them into your personal goal plan. In this highly competitive market you must make every effort to stay ahead of the curve and professional development is the best way to do that. Use these opportunities to network with your peers. Gather ideas that you might not have come up with otherwise. Create your own referral network by establishing a rapport with out of state students. The possibilities are endless. Your educational experience will be every thing that you can make it. The choice to become an expert in your area is yours. What do you think your competition is going to choose?
ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative Designation
Completion of the Accredited Buyer Representative designation course is an important first step towards earning the coveted ABR designation. The ABR designation is part of the official family of REALTOR® designation and the only buyer representation designation recognized by the National Association of REALTORS® making it the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. The designation is awarded to practitioners by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC) of the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information call 800-648-6224 or visit www.rebac.net
ABRM - Accreditied Buyer Representative Manager
Geared to real estate firm brokers, owners and managers that have or wish to incorporate buyer representation into their daily practice, designees have taken and passed both the ABR® and ABRMSM course and provided documentation of past management experience.The designation is awarded to practitioners by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC) of the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information call 800-648-6224 or visit www.rebac.net
CCIM - Certified Commercial Investment Member
CCIM's are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation, and investment analysis. Visit www.ccim.com
CIPS - Certified International Property Specialist
CIPS designees work with buyers and sellers from different countries or cultures and have demonstrated their international experience. For more information visit www.cipsnetwork.com or e-mail to narglobe@REALTORS.org
CPM - Certified Property Manager
CPM members have the competitive edge in every area of real estate management from residential to commercial to industrial. For more information you can visit www.iremhou.com
CRB - Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager
This designation recognizes leaders in the industry and is the highest level of professional achievement in the specialized field of brokerage management. For more information call the Real Estate Brokerage Managers Council at 800-621-8738 or visit www.crb.com
CRE - Counselor of Real Estate
CRE designees are members of the Counselors of Real Estate, an international group of recognized professionals who provide objective advice on real property and land related issues. Membership is by invitation only. For more information call 312-329-8427 or visit www.cre.org
CRS - Certified Residential Specialist
Maximize your earnings potential by earning the CRS designation awarded to experienced REALTORS® who complete advanced training in listing and selling. For more information contact the Council of Residential Specialists at 800-462-8841 or visit www.crs.com
e-PRO - e-PRO Certification Course
The e-PRO Certification Course is an educational program unlike any other professional certification or designation course available, comprehensive and Interactive. It is sponsored by NAR and is specifically designed to help real estate professionals thrive in the competitive world of online real estate. For more information or to register for the course, visit serviceoneaorepro.internetcrusade.com
GAA - General Accredited Appraiser
GAA'S are individuals whose education and experience exceed state appraisal requirements and are supported by NAR. For more information call 800-354-2397 or visit www.narappraisalsource.com
GRI - Graduate Realtor® Institute
The GRI program provides a solid base of information for use in your real estate practice. Endorsed by the National Association of REALTORS®, the GRI programs are run through the state associations and provided to the membership via local associations. GRI information
NAR’s Green Designation Core Course provides real estate professionals with knowledge and awareness of green building principles applied in residences, commercial properties, developments, and communities so that they can help consumers in purchasing, retrofitting, and operating green properties. The course encourages the real estate professional to be an advocate for green principles in the design and use of homes and commercial buildings and a positive force for creating sustainable communities. www.greenresourcecouncil.org
LTG - Leadership Training Graduate
The LTG designation focuses on career improvement and individual goal achievement. Contact the Women's Council of REALTORS® at 800-245-8512 or visit www.wcr.org
RAA - Residential Accredited Appraiser
The RAA designation is awarded to appraisers whose education and experience exceed the state requirements. For more information call 800-354-2397 or visit www.narappraisalsource.com
RSPS - Resort and Second Home Property Specialist
The RSPS designation course initially focuses on the key skills required to succeed in the second-home market, then broadens its scope. Additional modules identify who the resort and second home specialistsâ™ customers and clients are by focusing on profiles, demographics, motivations and forms of ownership. For more information visit www.coursecalendar.com
SIOR - Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®
SIOR designees represent the top producers in industrial and office real estate brokerage. For more information visit www.sior.com
SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist
SRES designees represent REALTORS® with the experience, knowledge and desire to serve and support maturing clients. For more information visit www.seniorsrealestate.com
In addition to the REALTOR® designation family, NAR also offers certification programs like the "At Home with Diversity" Certificate.