CIPS Designation


About the Certified International Property Specialist Designation (CIPS)

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.

Your Ticket to Certified International Property (CIPS) Passport with NVAR

The NVAR Certified International Property (CIPS) Passport gives you entry to any CIPS classes at NVAR – allowing 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 recently renovated Fairfax Hub, shop the Realtor Shop, or collaborate virtually, co-work and network with peers, and benefit from the expertise of an in-person instructor!

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

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. 

    Earn the CIPS Designation

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    To earn your CIPS designation, you will need to complete two core courses, three elective courses, and submit your designation application demonstrating 100 points of international experience.

    Courses are available either online or in the classroom and are valid for 3 years. Any courses completed more than 3 years prior to the submission of your application must be retaken to receive credit towards the education requirement of the designation.

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

    CIPS Passport FAQ

    How long is my CIPS Passport valid?

    The 2020 CE Passport Training Ticket is valid for all CIPS classes scheduled between January 1 and December 31, 2021. Passport holders may attend as many CIPS courses as they like through December 31.

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