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Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®

Real Estate Designations and Certifications 

Look to GCAAR Education in 2020 to start on your path to success in real estate. Designations and certifications are an excellent way to enhance your professionalism and increase your skills, proficiency, and knowledge in the field of real estate.  


NAR Family Designations

  • 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. 
  • 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 more than 3,500 professionals who turn to each other first when looking for referral partners. 

  • 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®.

  • Graduate, REALTOR® Institute / GRI
    GCAAR is offering a full series of GRI courses starting in fall 2020. Details are coming soon!

    REALTORS® with the GRI designation have in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. Earning the designation is a way to stand out to prospective buyers and sellers as a professional with expertise in these areas. 

NAR Family Certifications

  • Military Relocation Professional / MRP
    NAR's Military Relocation Professional 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.

  • 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 Pricing Strategy Advisor certification.

The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils offer many other designations and certifications. If you would like to learn about other NAR Family Designations & Certifications, please visit