Designations & Certifications

Designations & Certifications

NAR Designations & Certifications

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has affiliated institutes, societies and councils that provide a wide-range of programs and services to assist members with skill development, productivity and advanced knowledge. Designations acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by each affiliated group upon completion of the required courses. In addition, NAR offers two certification programs to its members.

Why Earn a Designation or Certification?

Earning a designation from NAR or one of its affiliated Institutes, Societies and Councils can help you succeed in all aspects of your business and help you earn more money. REALTORS® who pursue professional designations have a distinct competitive edge as a result of their increased expertise and marketability. Based on 2010 survey data, the median income of REALTORS® without a designation was $29,700 and the median income of those with at least one designation was $51,500 — a difference of $21,800.

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