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About: Designations are specialized credentials for REALTORS®. Designations offer extensive benefits which are continually improved upon and expanded. For this reason, maintaining a designation requires annual dues and continued membership in NAR. Designations have specific core course and elective course requirements, both which may serve as approved education credits toward other NAR credentials.

About: Like designations, certifications are also specialized credentials for REALTORS®. The benefits they offer hold high value, but are not as extensive as those for designations. For this reason, maintaining a certification requires only an application fee and continued membership in NAR, but no annual dues. Certifications have specific course requirements which may serve as approved education credits toward other NAR credentials.


ABRM Accredited Buyer Representative Manager
Geared toward real estate firm brokers, owners or managers who want to incorporate buyer representation into their daily practice. Designees have taken and passed both the ABR and ABRM course and provided documentation of past management experience. Offered through the National Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (800) 648-6224.


Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
IREM offers individual credential programs for CPM Certified Property Manager, ARM Accredited Residential Manager, ACoM Accredited Commercial Manager and AMO Accredited Management Organization. Contact  IREM at 312-329-6000.


CAI Certified Auctioneers Institute
The Certified Auctioneers Institute is the most prestigious designation awarded in the auction industry. For more information visit the National Auctioneers Association.


MAI Member Appraisal Institute
MAI professional membership designation is held by appraisers who are experienced in the valuation of commercial, industrial, residential, and other types of properties and advise clients on real estate investment decisions. Offered by the Appraisal Institute, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60611-1980, (312) 335-4100.


RLI Realtors Land Institute
RLI was established in 1944 as a trade association for REALTORS® who specialize in the brokerage of land.  RLI members specialize in five land categories. Members may earn the Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation.  Contact 800/441-LAND (5263).

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