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Designations & Certifications

Designations and certifications are a great way to learn and further advance your career in the real estate industry. The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide range of programs and services that help members increase their skills, proficiency, and knowledge.

Below are some of the Designations and Certifications offered at Greater Bergen REALTORS®:


Accredited Buyer's Representative / ABR®

The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is designed for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home buying process. Contact REBAC at or 800-648-6224.



Certified International Property Specialist / CIPS

Instantly align yourself with the best in international real estate by earning the CIPS designation. The designation requires completion of five full-day courses focusing on the critical aspects of international real estate transactions. CIPS designees are connected to an influential network of over 3,500 professionals who turn to each other first when looking for referral partners. Contact Member Support at [email protected] or 1-800-874-6500 ext. 8369.


 Certified Residential Specialist / CRS

The CRS designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers. On average, CRS designees earn nearly three times more in income, transactions, and gross sales than non-designee REALTORS®. Contact RRC at  or 800-462-8841.


Seller Representative Specialist / SRS

The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation is the premier credential in seller representation. It is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance. The designation is awarded to real estate professionals who demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential for seller advocacy. SRS designees represent a global community of REALTORS® who use their advanced training and expertise to go above and beyond their client’s expectations. Visit  or contact the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) at [email protected] or 800-621-8738.


Seniors Real Estate Specialist® / SRES®

The SRES® Designation program educates REALTORS® on how to profitably and ethically serve the real estate needs of the fastest growing market in real estate, clients age 50+. By earning the SRES® designation, you gain access to valuable member benefits, useful resources, and networking opportunities across the U.S. and Canada to help you in your business. Contact SRES Council at [email protected] or 800-500-4564.


At Home With Diversity / AHWD

Learn to work effectively with – and within – today’s diverse real estate market. The At Home With Diversity certification teaches you how to conduct your business with sensitivity to all client profiles and build a business plan to successfully serve them. For more information on this course and its business principles, please contact us at [email protected] or 800-874-6500 ext. 8393.



NAR's e-PRO® certification program helps REALTORS® master the advanced digital marketing techniques of today. With the e-PRO® certification, REALTORS® increase their ability to reach customers, expand their capabilities, and build trust by safeguarding client information. Presented by the National Association of REALTORS® Contact e-PRO® at [email protected] or 877-397-3132.


Real Estate Negotiation Expert / RENE

The first and only negotiation credential recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®, the Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) certification is designed to elevate and enhance negotiating skills so that today’s real estate professionals can play the game to win. Visit  or contact the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) at [email protected]  or 800-621-8738.


Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource® / SFR®

The SFR® certification  teaches real estate professionals to work with distressed sellers and the finance, tax, and legal professionals who can help them, qualify sellers for short sales, develop a short sale package, negotiate with lenders, safeguard your commission, limit risk, and protect buyers. Presented by the National Association of REALTORS® Contact us at [email protected] or 877-510-7855.

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