CIPS Designation

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CIPS is a 5 Day Certification Course and is the gateway into International Real Estate.

Global real estate opportunities are everywhere. People move to the U.S. from other countries every day and foreign-born individuals residing in the U.S. move to new markets. Americans in your current market may look to invest in property overseas. No matter which audience you cater to, the CIPS designation will provide you with the knowledge, research, network and tools to globalize and expand your business.

When you become a CIPS designee, you gain immediate access to business-enhancing products and services that are offered exclusively to CIPS designees.

Anyone can take the CIPS courses, but only REALTOR® members in good standing of the National Association of REALTORS® can apply for the CIPS designation."


5 Day Registration


Course List

2/5 - Global Real Estate: Local Markets - Learn how the global economy impacts your local real estate market and be prepared to serve foreign clients and customers in your local market.

2/6 - Global Real Estate: Transaction Tools - Learn to measure investment performance and understand effects of taxes and exchange rates on investment.  

2/7 - Africa and International Real Estate -  Learn about the geography, demographics, government, economy, and real estate sectors in 11 countries, and you will be introduced to our newest bilateral partners in Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa.

2/8 - Asia/Pacific & International Real Estate - This course will cover real estate practices in Asia and the Pacific with emphasis on cultural influences, economic trends and assessment of investment opportunities.

2/9 - Europe & International Real Estate - This course will cover information on working with clients in the Europe, the European Union & its impact on international real estate including marketing and selling practices.

Pricing CIPS
The CIPS Passport allows you to simplify and save while you earn your certification requirements and advance your knowledge. Taking CIPS at NVAR gives you the opportunity to visit our Fairfax Realtor Hub, shop the Realtor Shop, co-work and network with peers, and benefit from the expertise of an in-person instructor!

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Maurice L. Hampton
Speaker, Trainer, Consultant 
Passion To Learn Inc.

Maurice L Hampton is a highly respected Speaker, Trainer, and Consultant in the real estate and DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) fields. With a broad range of certifications, including ABR, AHWD, MRP, RENE, RSPS, SRS, and PSA, Hampton has established himself as a top authority in the real estate industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Service Management and is pursuing his Master of Science in International Real Estate. Hampton has trained for several organizations worldwide, including the National Association of

REALTORS® and the Ghana Real Estate Professional Association. Over the previous 10 years of his speaking career, he has trained more than 1000 individuals. As the former President of the Chicago Association of Realtors, he has received numerous awards, including Realtor of the Year, Distinguished Partner Award, and Presidents Award. Hampton has implemented diversity programs in organizations and companies of all sizes, demonstrating his commitment to creating inclusive workplaces.


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how to earn cips

To earn your CIPS designation, you will need to...

- Complete two core courses
- Complete three elective courses
- Submit your designation application demonstrating 100 points of international experience.

The path to earn your CIPS designation is customized for U.S REALTORS®, International REALTORS®, and Association Executives.

Benefits of CIPS

In addition to joining the CIPS network and use of the prestigious and internationally-recognized CIPS logo and brand, you will receive:

Existing CIPS Designees: Global Marketing Center

Find a CIPS designee in NAR’s CIPS Directory
You can search by name, location, language, or country specialization.
Frequently asked questions

More About CIPS

What can a CIPS designee do for a client?

Global transactions are significantly different and more complex than domestic deals. From currency issues and financing to visa and tax laws, working with a REALTOR® who knows how to handle these differences can make or break a real estate transaction. Because of these nuances, it is essential to work with a knowledgeable and trusted professional, such as a CIPS designee.

What is the CIPS Designation?

A Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designee has undergone specialized training to complete global transactions seamlessly and with reduced risk

The CIPS designation is the only international designation recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®. Only REALTORS® who have completed the coursework and demonstrated considerable experience in global business can call themselves a CIPS designee, and use the name and logo.

What is the coursework/training?

CIPS designees must complete 5 full days of study focusing on the critical aspects of global transactions, including:

  • Currency and exchange rate issues
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Regional market conditions
  • Investment performance
  • Tax issues
  • Learn more about the required designation course.

  • After they have completed the coursework requirements, designees instantly join a tight-knit network of over 3,500 real estate professionals around the world. These referral partners can help a client do business in over 45 countries, and ensure that the client will receive the same level of service no matter where the real estate transaction is.

    Network and Enjoy Other Benefits

    By earning your CIPS designation, you will gain access to the CIPS Network, which is comprised of over 3,500 real estate professionals in 45 countries. This member-only group is specifically for real estate practitioners of the National Association of REALTORS® who have earned the CIPS designation. REALTORS® who have earned this designation are consumers' best and most trusted resource for navigating the global market.