How to Become a Course Provider

Center for REALTOR® Development licensed course providers include REALTOR® Boards and Associations, proprietary schools, and franchises. Any REALTOR® Board or Association can become a provider. However, proprietary schools are monitored to ensure the communities and areas they serve do not overlap. All CRD-licensed course providers are asked to teach the ABR® Designation Course to at least 100 students annually. We encourage Boards and Associations with less than 1,000 members to consider co-sponsoring with another Board, Association, or proprietary school in your area.

License & Royalty Fees

The annual license fee is $2,500 for the first year and $1,000 thereafter. This license enables you to deliver all courses posted on A per-student royalty of $10–$60 is also assessed for each course. The provider retains all other revenues generated by each classroom event.

Course providers assume responsibility for hiring instructors and obtaining continuing education credit from the state(s) for their classroom events. Additionally, providers can schedule classes addressing other real estate business specialties, such as:

  • Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) Designation
  • GREEN Designation
  • Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation
  • Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) Certification
  • Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) Certification
  • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR®) Certification
  • And many more

Proposed program budgets are available upon request. CRD Course providers are responsible for adding the dates and locations of their courses to the CRD system. CRD providers are also responsible for importing necessary documentation, including required rosters, instructor evaluations, and royalty fee(s) per student within 10 days of the course.


Smaller REALTOR® Boards and Associations—those with less than 1,000 members—may be unable to develop sufficient student interest to become licensed providers and offer CRD courses independently. For this reason, we encourage all REALTOR® Boards and Associations to co-sponsor with CRD licensed providers. Co-sponsorships can create win-win revenue-generating opportunities for both parties involved.

You’ll need to contact a licensed provider in your state to investigate co-sponsorship possibilities. A current list of course providers is available for review. 

If you approach another provider about co-sponsoring courses, be sure to discuss and negotiate terms concerning:

  • Course promotion
  • Location of course site
  • Responsibilities for printing materials, manuals, forms, etc.
  • Contacting and hiring an instructor

The licensed provider will ultimately be responsible for adding the dates and location of the course to the CRD system to be advertised. This licensed provider is also responsible for importing all the necessary documentation to the CRD system within 10 days. That includes importing required rosters, instructor evaluations, royalty fee(s), and exam answer sheets (if applicable).

To Apply

If your organization wishes to become a CRD licensed course provider, please complete the application form using your NAR M1 number. Once your application is received, we will review it and schedule an introductory meeting.


If you have more questions, please contact:
Dawn Headtke, Director, Business and Instructor Development
E: | P: 312-329-8488