The National Association of REALTORS® and its affilated Institues, Societies, and Councils have a wide range of designations and certifications for various real estate sectors.

For complete information on each designation please click here.

ABR - Accredited Buyer's Representative
ALC - Accredited Land Consultants
CCIM - Certified Commercial Investment Member
CIPS - Certified Property Specialist
CPM - Certified Property Manager
CRB - Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager
CRS - Certified Residential Specialist
CRE - Counselor of Real Estate
GAA - General Accredited Appraiser
GREEN - NAR's Green Designation
GRI - Graduate, REALTOR® Institute
PMN - Performance Management Network
RCE - REALTOR® Association Certified Executive
RAA - Residential Accredited Appraiser
SRS - Seller Representative Specialist
SIOR - Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®
SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist

AHWD - At Home With Diversity
C-RETS - Certified Real Estate Team Specialist
e-PRO - Technology and Digital Certification
MRP - Military Relocation Professional
PSA - Pricing Strategy Advisor
RENE - Real Estate Negotiation Expert
RSPS - Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist
SFR - Short Sales & Forclosure Resource

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The Graduate Realtor Institute Designation is considered as the nation's number one real estate designation.
The series consists of 12 live webinar classes held throughout the year and will provide 30 hours of CE credit.
Each class is $149 or the entire session is $1,625. To find out more and to register for classes please click here or visit www.edesignations.com.


VCCAR offers a wide variety of designation courses throughout the year. If you have questions about a specific designation, please contact our Education Department at (805)981-2100.

NAR and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide range of programs and services that assist members in increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

VCCAR Cancellation and Class Attendance Policy

 A full refund will be given if cancelling at least 48 hours prior to the class start (unless otherwise specified: i.e. designations and certifications). You must arrive prior to the class start time, and attend while class is in session. Those who fail to arrive on time or attend will forfeit the class fee and will not receive DRE credit. Transferring of funds from one class to another is not allowed. No exceptions will be made regarding this policy.