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Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®

Real Estate Certifications and Designations 

Look to GCAAR Education in 2022 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.

Congratulations to our members who completed an NAR-family designation or certification in 2021!

Residential Real Estate Council Designations & Certifications


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®.

Smart Home Certification is for the real estate professional who wants to develop expertise in the technology, privacy issues and best transitions practices involved in selling and buying smart homes. Earn this certification while working towards your CRS designation. 

The Digital Marketing: Social Media certification is for real estate professionals who want to develop expertise with social media resources and sites that are an essential part of today's digital marketing mix, whether you are promoting your business or the properties you represent. Earn this certification while working toward your CRS designation.


NAR Family Designations


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.

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 internatinoal 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.


NAR Family Certifications


The National Association of REALTORS®' RENE certification provides REALTORS® with negotiation skills so you have the tips and tools you need to be a skillful advocate for your clients. Bonus? This course is also an elective for both the Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) and Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®) designations.

You can sign up for GCAAR's next Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) course on September 14-16, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. GCAAR members can sign up for only $169 until 8/31. 

REALTORS® know the importance of adapting to remain relevant in today's multicultural marketplace. AHWD covers how to work effectively with diverse populations by developing business practices rooted in inclusion and equality to help buyers of all cultural backgrounds achieve the dream of homeownership.

You can take the At Home with Diversity (AHWD) certification course with GCAAR on  October 19 & 20, 2-5 p.m. daily, available at no cost to GCAAR members. GCAAR splits the 6-hour course across two days; you must be present for all hours on both days.

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.

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.

NAR Family Certificates


  • Real Estate Professional Assistant (REPA)

This comprehensive program is designed for those vital members of the office who are currently working with a real estate professional or for those aspiring to work along a real estate agent or team in an administrative capacity. The REPA certificate course will sharpen current, and create new, skills to further make the professional assistant an irreplaceable part of the team. Every administrative employee in the brokerage office, from listing secretary to the personal assistant, will benefit greatly from this program.


Graduate, REALTOR® Institute / GRI


  • Virtual GRI courses in development, courtesy of the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® (DCAR) and GCAAR. Bonus? Completing all four series of courses (100, 200, 300 and 400-level) meets the 135-hour pre-licensing education requirements for D.C. broker licensure. 

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. 


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