Designations & Certificates

You are passionate about a specialized area in the real estate industry. Harness your curiosity and enthusiasm by pursuing NAR’s Certifications and Designations. Work with clients who share the same excitement, whether it’s as a Buyer’s Representative, Senior Real Estate Specialist or Certified International Property Specialist.

Designation and certification courses enhance skills, profitability, and professionalism. Many courses can also be applied to Continuing Education (CE) requirements.

RASM is committed to offering NAR designation and certification classes. Here are just some of the Designation and Certification courses RASM has offered in the past and continues to offer. See a full list NAR Designations and certifications.

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Designation

NAR reports that GRI designees are among the most successful and enthusiastic practitioners in the business. Over 90 percent of GRI designees said they received value from the education and over half gave their GRI training the highest possible rating.

The GRI Designation is the perfect place to start, as you’ll master the knowledge you need to succeed in today’s market. The CE course also includes the required Sales post-licensing and broker licensing credit. RASM consistently offers this course each year. Check the schedule for upcoming classes.

Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)

The Sarasota and Manatee area continues to be a top destination for international buyers and sellers. Don’t miss your chance to take your business to the international level. 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 over 4,000 professionals who turn to each other first when looking for referral partners. Global Business Council members receive a discount when they take the course with RASM.

Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)

The Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation is commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement, earned through an extensive curriculum of 200 classroom hours and professional experiential requirements. This class is offered through the Commercial Real Estate Alliance.

At Home with Diversity (AHWD)

Learn to work effectively with – and within – today’s diverse real estate market. This certification teaches you how to conduct your business with sensitivity to all client profiles and build a business plan to successfully serve them.


Through NAR’s Green Designation, the Green REsource Council provides ongoing education, resources and tools to help real estate practitioners find, understand, and market properties with green features.

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.


NAR’s e-PRO® certification program helps REALTORS® master the advanced digital marketing techniques of today. Increase your ability to reach customers, expand their capabilities, and build trust by safeguarding client information.

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.

Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®)

This program educates REALTORS® on how to profitably and ethically serve the real estate needs of the fastest growing market in real estate, clients age 50+.

Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE)

Sharpen your negotiation skills. The RENE certification program gives REALTORS® the tips and tools they need to be skillful advocates for their clients.

Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS)

Perfect for REALTORS® who facilitate the buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination.

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®.

Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)

The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation is the premier credential in seller representation.

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.