Welcome to the Center for REALTOR® Development

The Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD) is where education meets excellence. CRD is devoted to lifelong learning, career advancement, and specialized credentials for real estate professionals.

With 10+ designations and certifications, over 100 microcourses, an award-winning podcast, and educational events, there is a learning experience for every real estate professional. CRD has educational offerings in nearly every real estate niche, from buyer representation to emerging technology and short sales.

In addition, courses are offered online and in-person classroom formats for you to choose which style best fits your schedule.

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What is a Designation?

A designation is a professional credential. REALTORS® who earn credentials may list them after their name, for example, ABR®, CIPS, GREEN, or SRES®.

Designations are earned once you successfully complete the necessary education or experience requirements. Requirements vary for each CRD designation.

Designations require annual dues and active membership. For example, if you have officially earned the ABR® designation, have paid your annual ABR® membership dues, and are a member in good standing with NAR, then you are an active designee.

What is a Certification?

A certification is a specialized credential. REALTORS® who earn credentials may list them after their name, for example, AHWD, RSPS, HFR, etc.

Certifications can be earned once you complete the necessary education requirements.

Certifications do not have annual dues. Once you apply for a certification and pay the one-time application fee, it’s yours to use in perpetuity if you are in good standing with NAR.

What is a Certificate Course?

A certificate is a professional qualification. REALTORS® who earn a certificate acquire a skill in a specific field and the certificate is evidence of knowledge and competency.

Certificates do not have annual dues or application fees, nor do they have a credential to list after your name. Once you earn the certificate, it’s yours in perpetuity.