The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in increasing 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.

Accredit Buyers Representative – ABR
ABR® education provides REALTORS® with what they need to stay competitive in today’s market. Member benefits such as marketing tools, a referral network and other resources, help to promote their business. Courses for the designation are available both in person and online. Presented by REBAC (Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council) Contact REBAC at, 800/648-6224.

Accredited Land Consultant – ALC
The REALTORS® Land Institute confers its prestigious Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Designation to only the best land professionals in the business. To qualify for the ALC designation, a land specialist must complete the organization’s rigorous LANDU education program and demonstrate a proven track record in experience and success.The REALTORS® Land Institute is the leading membership organization for land specialists involved in brokerage, sales, consulting, appraisal, development, site selection, marketing, and management of a large range of land property, such as agricultural land; ranches; recreational land; hunting property; timberland; underdeveloped tracts of land; and special purpose properties. Presented by the REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI) Contact RLI at, 800/441-5263.

Certified Commerical Investment Member – CCIM
CCIMs are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, valuation and investment analysis. The CCIM business network includes more than 9,000 designees and 5,000 candidates principally in North America, but also in Asia and Europe. CCIMs are backed by a respected education program, as well as superior technology products and business resources. Presented by the CCIM Institute Contact CCIM at 800/621-7027.

Certified International Property Specialist – CIPS
The Certified International Property Specialist Network (CIPS Network) comprises 2,500 real estate professionals from 50 countries and is the specialty membership group for global business practitioners of the National Association of REALTORS®. The CIPS® designation prepares REALTORS® to service the growing international market in their local community by focusing on culture, exchange rates, investment trends, and legal issues. Presented by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Contact Information Central at NAR Global, 800/874-6500, ext. 8369.

Certified Property Manager – CPM
Acquire valuable real estate management skills through educational offerings leading to the CPM® designation. CPM® Members have the competitive edge in every area of real estate management from residential to commercial to industrial. Presented by Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)Contact IREM® Customer Relations at 800/837-0706, ext. 4650

Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager – CRB
The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRBsm) is one of the most respected and relevant designations offered in real estate business management. The CRBsm designation is awarded to REALTORS® who have completed advanced educational and professional requirements. CRBsm Designees are better positioned to streamline operations, integrate new technology and apply new trends and business strategies. Join today and discover a new approach to enhancing knowledge and leveraging opportunity. CRB Courses are offered in a classroom setting or online in the Council’s e-Learning Center. Presented by Council of Real Estate Brokerage ManagersFor more information, e-mail, call 800/621-8738.

Certified Residential Specialist – CRS
The Council of Residential Specialists has over a thirty-year legacy of giving residential real estate professionals the tools they need to be successful in any market. CRS delivers the education, resources and connections agents need to achieve their goals. Beyond the referral network, the high-caliber online and classroom courses and the benefits of membership, earning the CRS Designation is really about learning proven methods for making more money. Find out how you can get on the proven path to success today. Presented by Council of Residential Specialists Contact Customer Service by e-mail at CRS Help, call 800/462-8841.

Counselors of Real Estate – CRE
The Counselor of Real Estate – or CRE – is a member of The Counselors of Real Estate, an international group of recognized professionals who provide seasoned, objective advice on real property and land-related matters. Only 1,100 practitioners throughout the world carry the CRE® designation. Membership is by invitation only. Presented by The Counselors of Real Estate Contact CRE® at 312/329-8427.

General Accredited Appraiser – GAA
Certified general appraisers wishing to increase their visibility should consider pursuing the GAAsm designation. The GAAsm designation is awarded to appraisers whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Presented by NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®Call 800/874-6500 ext. 8268, e-mail

NAR’s Green Designation – GREEN
The National Association of REALTORS® created NAR’s Green Designation to provide ongoing education, resources and tools so that real estate practitioners can successfully seek out, understand, and market properties with green features.  The course curriculum requires completion of a 12hr Core Course and a 6hr Elective Course in either residential, commercial, or property management.  All courses are available in live lecture and online formats.  NAR’s Green Designation gives designees the tools to become a community leader and resource in sustainable issues. Established by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the Green REsource Council serves real estate professionals by providing comprehensive training and access to cutting-edge resources and tools as well as promoting green excellence, leadership, and consumer awareness within and across multiple real estate disciplines. Practitioners who complete the 3-day program are awarded NAR’s Green Designation, the only green training program recognized by NAR. For information on NAR’s Green Designation, e-mail, call 800/498-9422.

Graduate, REALTOR Institute – GRI
Members involved in residential real estate who want a solid base of information for their practice will want to participate in the REALTOR® Institute program and earn the GRIsm designation. Presented by NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Contact your State REALTOR® Association for course dates and locations. NAR maintains a clearinghouse of information for individuals interested in the GRIsm program. For more information call 800/874-6500.

Performance Management Network – PMN
The Performance Management Network (PMNsm) is a REALTOR® designation that’s built from the ground up to bring you the real-world skills, the know-how and the tools that will keep your business out front and on top of a lighting-fast market. This designation is unique to the REALTOR® family designations, focusing on the idea that in order to enhance your business, you must enhance yourself. The curriculum is driven by the following topics: negotiating strategies and tactics, networking and referrals, business planning and systems, personal performance management and cultural differences in buying and selling. Presented by Women’s Council of REALTORS®
Contact the WCR at Education Department, 800/245-8512.

Accredited Residential Appraiser – ARR
Certified residential appraisers wishing to increase their visibility should consider pursuing the RAAsm designation. The RAAsm designation is awarded to appraisers whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Presented by NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Call 800/874-6500, ext. 8268, e-mail

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® – SIOR
Individuals certified with the SIOR® designation are top producers in industrial and office real estate brokerage. SIOR’s network includes more than 3,000 members in 580 cities in 20 countries. SIOR® represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists.

Seniors Real Estate Specialist – SRES
The SRES® Designation 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+. By earning the SRES® designation, you gain access to valuable member benefits, useful resources, and networking opportunities across the U.S. and Canada to help you in your business. Presented by SRES® Council. Call 800/500-4564, e-mail

NAR Family Certifications

At Home With Diversity – AHWD
 A ground-breaking professional education initiative designed to provide America’s real estate professionals with training and tools to expand their business as well as home ownership opportunities for more Americans. AHWD certification relays to the public that those certified have been professionally trained in and are sensitive to a wide range of cultural issues inviting a wider volume of business from a greater variety of cultures. Presented by NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. For more information on this course and its business principles, please contact Diversity, 800/874-6500 ext. 8393.

The new e-PRO certification provides a roadmap to help you serve hyper-connected consumers of today and tomorrow. Course topics for Day 1 include the changing market, how to connect with consumers, the online conversation, and reputation management. Day 2 provides hands-on discovery of business tech tools, such as an e-strategy, mobile office, micro-blogging, rich media, and NAR resources. Presented by REBAC (Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council). Contact e-PRO® at, 877/397-3132

Resort & Second Home Propety Specialist – RSPS
RSPS certification is offered by NAR Resort for resort and second-home professionals around the world. REALTORS® specializing in resort and second-home markets and interested in demonstrating their knowledge and expertise should pursue the RSPS certification. The RSPS core certification requirement includes the NAR Resort & Second-Home Market Course. RSPS applicants will also choose from twenty three different elective choices including courses from the NAR Education Matrix and the NAR Resort Symposium held every 18 months. Presented by NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. For more information, call NAR Resort 312/329-8393

Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource – SFR
For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” real estate transaction. Knowing how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities are not merely good skills to have in today’s market — they are critical. And while short sales and foreclosures are not for the faint of heart, agents with the proper tools and training can use these specialty areas to build their business for the long term. REALTORS® with the SFR certification can be a trusted resource for short sales and foreclosures. Your ability to close short sales and foreclosures depends in part on your confidence in seeing these transactions through. Begin building your confidence today with SFR! Presented by NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. For more information e-mail, call 877/510-7855.

REALTORS® Vision Insurance

NAR’s Strategic Alliances Team is pleased to announce the introduction of a new offering which expands the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace platform, under the Association’s REALTOR Benefits® Program: REALTORS® Vision Insurance.

Vision insurance has long been one of our most requested member benefits. REALTORS® Vision Insurance is designed exclusively for members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and their families. There are two guaranteed-issue group plans from which to choose: a PPO option and a non-PPO option. Both provide great, competitive rates and include annual eye exam benefits and savings on frames, lenses, and contact lenses.

REALTORS® Vision Insurance is underwritten and administered by Ameritas Group and SASid, Inc., the same trusted companies responsible for NAR’s successful and long-term group dental plan, REALTORS® Dental Insurance.

If you haven’t explored REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace lately, I encourage you to do so and to remind your members of this important resource. REALTORS® Vision Insurance rounds out the platform of robust insurance and wellness products available through the Marketplace. Here, members will find a private major medical health insurance exchange, dental insurance, supplementary health plans, short term health insurance, a telemedicine service plan, a prescription drug discount card, and now an excellent choice for vision insurance. The Marketplace makes plan enrollment easy, and benefit specialists are available via phone to answer all questions. Personal consultations are complimentary.

Please find below a fact sheet outlining the details of this new offer. For questions about REALTORS® Vision Insurance or the REALTOR Benefits® Program, please call me at extension 8269 or contact a member of the REALTOR Benefits® Program team listed in the “NAR Contact Information” section of the fact sheet.

REALTORS® Vision Insurance

Fact Sheet

 What:  NAR announces the addition of a new offering to REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, under the REALTOR Benefits® Program: REALTORS® Vision Insurance.

 Launch Date:  November 13, 2015

 Who Is Eligible:  NAR members and their families. REALTOR® Association staff with a NRDS ID and their families. See the website for state and territory availability.

 There is an option for Brokers and REALTOR® Associations who are interested in setting up a List-Billing option for their employees.  Please contact SASid directly at 877-267-3752 to learn more.

 REALTORS® Vision Insurance Benefits and Highlights

There are two plans from which to choose: the Premier PPO Vision Plan and the Freedom Vision Plan.

Premier PPO Vision Plan

  • Plans begin at $12.70 per month, with a one-time $10 enrollment fee
  • Group member benefits on annual eye exams, frames, lenses, and contact lenses
  • Plan has a preferred network: EyeMed Select; seeing in-network eye-care professionals can reduce out-of-pocket costs
  • EyeMed Select network includes 42,000+ providers at over 19,000 locations nationwide, including LensCrafters, Target Optical, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, and JCPenney Optical
  • Discounts on LASIK or PRK procedures at US Laser Network participating providers


Freedom Vision Plan (non-PPO)

  • Plans begin at $14.06 per month, with a one-time $10 enrollment fee
  • Group member benefits on annual eye exams, frames, lenses, and contact lenses
  • This is a non-PPO plan: you have the freedom to visit the eye-care professional of your choice
  • Enjoy an additional 15% discount off of eyewear frames and lenses at Walmart Vision Centers
  • Coupons, promotional discounts, and negotiated prices can also be used with this plan
  • How it works: you pay your eye-care provider at time of service, and then submit a claim form and receipt to Ameritas Group, the underwriter, for reimbursement. Calendar year maximum is $200.Visit the REALTORS® Vision Insurance website for complete plan details, exclusions, and restrictions.

About Ameritas

REALTORS® Vision Insurance is underwritten by Ameritas Group, a division of Ameritas Life Insurance Company, the long-term underwriter for NAR’s popular dental insurance program, REALTORS® Dental Insurance. Ameritas is rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

 About SASid, Inc.

The administrator for REALTORS® Vision Insurance is SASid, Inc. (Smart and Simple Insurance Development), the long-term and trusted NAR partner responsible for creating and managing REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, which houses NAR’s insurance and wellness solutions, including:

  • Members Health Insurance Exchange
  • SMART Short Term Medical
  • REALTORS® Dental
  • Members TeleHealth
  • Accident Deductible Protection
  • REALTORS® Core Health
  • Drug Card America

Since 2009, REALTORS® nationwide have put their trust in SASid to help them navigate and enroll in the right insurance plans for themselves and their families. SASid develops technologies and online insurance products from top insurance carriers and nationwide distribution networks.

 To Learn More 

 NAR Contact Information

Anne Cadigan, Strategic Alliances Account Manager


Kristin Maurelia, Managing Director, Strategic Alliances


 Ken Burlington, Vice President, Strategic Alliances


We’ve narrowed down the details into a few key points for easy sharing.

 Note: information is valid as of November 2015 and approved for use through 12/31/2015. If interested in sharing this information past 12/31/2015, please contact NAR’s Strategic Alliances Team at 1-800-NAR-5233.

 New offer! The National Association of REALTORS® announces the addition of a new insurance plan which expands the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace platform under the Association’s REALTOR Benefits® Program: REALTORS® Vision Insurance.

NAR members and their families are eligible, and there are two plans from which to choose. Both plans offer group member benefits for annual eye exams, frames, lenses, and contact lenses.

  1. Premier PPO Vision Plan has a preferred network of providers, with plans beginning at $12.70.
  2. Freedom Vision Plan (non-PPO) allows you to choose any provider, with plans beginning at $14.06.

 Visit to learn more.  

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Contact Information

Alaska Association of REALTORS®
4205 Minnesota Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

Phone (907) 563-7133
FAX (907) 561-1779
Toll-Free (800) 478-3763