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Grow your business with NAR Designations & Certifications

The Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Academy is pleased to provide a variety of Designation & Certification Courses.  Each program will help you increase your skill, knowledge and proficiency in various topics.  These courses are an excellent way to invest in your real estate career and increase your income.

"According to data from the 2013 NAR Member Profile, the median income of REALTORS® with at least one designation was nearly $27,600 more than the income of those with no designation." *



Upcoming Classes

See Upcoming Classes to check the schedule or send an email to the Education Director if you are interested in any of the courses below.  Certain Designation and Certification Courses may be available online - check out  REALTOR® University today!

*Excerpt from the "Grow your business with NAR Designations and Certifications" brochure


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Accredited Buyer’s Representatives (ABR®) stand for the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. What’s their key to success? They know that you can't count on the market—you have to count on your skills. ABR® education provides the expertise you need for an edge in serving today’s home buyers. Not only do ABR® designees earn more, but member benefits such as publications, marketing tools, a referral network and other resources, help them maintain that edge. Now is the time! [website]




At Home With Diversity® is an educational experience designed to present a picture of the changing face of the real estate industry. More importantly, the course teaches how real estate professionals can increase their sensitivity and adaptability to future market trends. Additionally, you will learn to thrive as an effective service provider and community leader. The course addresses issues of diversity, fair housing, and cultural differences. All three subjects are closely related and have value for real estate professionals who must serve diverse local markets. [more info]


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CRS® training gives you in-depth knowledge about business planning, making listing presentations, negotiating and closing smoother transactions, working in the buyers’ and sellers’ best interest and building a referral business. Your CRS training, mentoring and networking help you decide on the right choices for you and your business. No matter what stage you are in your career, your involvement with the Council will help you be more successful. The Council has the resources to continually improve your business planning, strategies and implementations. [website]




NAR's Green Designation provides advanced training in green building and sustainable business practices so that you can seek out, understand, and market properties with green features. Learn green real estate concepts, principles, practices and benefits from the ground up in a way that makes sense to you and your clients. Builder and consumer adoption of sustainability is rapidly growing...will you be ready to guide your clients? [website]


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Pricing Strategy Advisor/PSA - Enhance your skills in pricing properties, creating CMAs, working with appraisers, and guiding clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values with NAR’s PSA (Pricing Strategy Advisor) certification.  Presented by the National Association of REALTORS® [website]


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The REALTOR® Institute (aka the GRI Program) provides sound fundamental training in the critical skills and knowledge areas of the real estate business. New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers require real estate practitioners to perform with a higher level of professionalism than ever. The coursework required to earn the GRI designation will give you the tools and knowledge you need to provide your clients superior services. [website]


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The Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.   REALTORS® will learn how to provide the real estate services—at any stage in the service member’s military career—that meet the needs of this niche market and win future referrals. Hone in your knowledge and skills for working with active duty military buyers and sellers, as well as veterans with the NAR's Military Relocation Professional Certification. [website]




SRES® (Senior Real Estate Specialist) designation course seeks to instill knowledge and understanding of and empathy for 50+ real estate clients and customers. Develop the business building skills and resources needed for specialization in the 50+ real estate market. The SRES® designation program provides professional training and development suitable for continuing education.[website]


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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 practitioners by the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria. [website]