Professional Development

certificationsThe National Association of Realtors® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that help members increase their 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.

We will highighlight upcoming Designation and Certification classes coming up here, so check back often.

For 2018, NVAR is excited to offer classes for these designations and certifications.

GRI Courses Are Back at NVAR!

Who is it for?
Earning the Graduate, Realtor® Institute (GRI) designation is a way to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers as a Realtor® who has gained in-depth market knowledge, increased proficiency in a broad array of subjects to enhance professionalism and business success.

Earning your GRI is one of the first "Must-Dos" after getting your license as recommended by real estate news source Inman.


What You Gain
Higher earnings: the median income of GRI designees in 2012 was $61,000, compared to the median income of non-designees of $33,500.  Be better able to serve and protect your increasingly sophisticated clients though an understanding of new technology, laws, and procedures.

  • Use of GRI logos
  • Marketing materials
  • Customizable flyer
  • Banner ad
  • Postcard
  • GRI referral form
  • Network with other GRI designees
  • How to Earn It
  • Education

02/08/2018     GRI 504: Working with Buyers

03/08/2018     GRI 507: Code of Ethics & Fair Housing

04/12/2018     GRI 505: Working With Sellers

05/17/2018     GRI 502: Sales Contracts

06/06/2018     GRI 508: Real Estate Law and Virginia Regulations

07/12/2018     GRI 501: Agency in Virginia

08/09/2018     GRI 503: Business Planning

09/06/2018     GRI 506: Risk Management & Escrow

Certified International Property Specialist Training (CIPS)

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The CIPS designation, sanctioned by the National Association of Realtors®, seeks to provide Realtors® with the knowledge, research, network and tools to globalize their business and better serve international clients.

NVAR CIPS week begins October 22 and concludes on October 26. Register today! Instructor:

Brian Woods, ABR, CIPS, SRS

10/22/2018     CIPS: 5-Day Institute

At Home with Diversity (AHWD)

At Home With Diversity (AHWD) is an NAR certification program designed to present a picture of the changing face of the real estate industry. Since 1998, the At Home With Diversity program has prepared over 20,000 REALTORS® to work effectively with and within today’s increasingly diverse pool of homebuyers.

12/14/2018: AHWD Certification [NVAR Headquarters]

CRS Designation

There are two paths to earning CRS Designation: the 60/30/30 or Pro Program. Combine the Council's education with your transaction experience and you’re on your way to earning recognition as one of the top agents in the industry. To learn more about obtaining your CRS designation, click here.

4/23/2018  RRC 135: Transforming Difficult Situations Into Profitable Deals

Pricing Strategies Advisor Certification (PSA)

Students will learn how to select appropriate comparable, guide sellers and buyers through the details of CMAs and interact effectively with appraisers. 

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10/24/2018     Pricing Strategies Advisor Certification (PSA)

Military Relocation Professional Certification (MRP)

The goal of Military Relocation Professional Certification Core Course is to educate real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs—as sellers or buyers--and take full advantage of military benefits and support. Students 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.
Please visit for more information on the MRP certification.

03/15/2018     Military Relocation Professional Certification (MRP) [NVAR Herndon Center]

06/11/2018     Military Relocation Professional Certification (MRP) [NVAR Headquarters]

Accredited Buyer Representative Designation (ABR)

This two day course is the first step towards earning your ABR Designation.  In addition to the core course one must complete an eight-hour elective and verification of five buyer-brokered transactions within three years of the course. For more information visit:

2018 ABR Dates:

04/24 & 04/25    Accredited Buyer Representative Course

Senior Real Estate Specialist Designation (SRES)

This two day training program offers real estate agents the unique opportunity to learn and build key skills in counseling adults age 50+ though selling their family home, buying rental property, moving to a senior community, among many other issues.

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07/16/2018     Senior Real Estate Specialist Designation (SRES) - 2 days


Check NAR's website for information on Designations and Certifications available to increase your skills and help you stand out.

NAR Realtor® Designations and Certifications

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