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 2017, 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

NVAR will offer the entire 8 modules in 2017.  Here are the first two - Keep checking back as the rest are added for registration:

Thu 5/4/2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Fairfax):
GRI 506: Risk Management & Escrow
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Thu 6/1/2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Fairfax):
GRI 507: Code of Ethics & Fair Housing
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Thu 7/13/2017, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Herndon):
GRI 508: Real Estate Law & Virginia Regulations
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Thu 8/10/2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Fairfax):
GRI 504: Working with Buyers
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Thu 9/7/2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Fairfax):
GRI 501: Agency in Virginia
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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.  For more information visit:

NVAR is offering the PSA course once more this year.
Tue, 10/24/2017, 9am-5pm (Fairfax): Register here

Seller Representative Specialist Designation (SRS)

The 2-day SRS Designation Course provides a comprehensive foundation of skill development, training and resources to help real estate professionals represent the interests of sellers in today’s marketplace. For more information visit

Please check back for future dates. 

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.

NVAR is offering the MRP course two times this year.
Tue, 6/20/2017, 9am-5pm (Fairfax): Register here

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:

NVAR is offering the ABR course two times this year.
Mon, 4/24/2017, 8:30am-5pm (Fairfax): Register here
Mon, 10/2/2017, 8:30am-5pm (Herndon): Register here

CRS 202: Effective Buyer Sales Strategies (CRS)

Top sales associates enjoy a competitive advantage because they understand what motivates and influences their customers.  To win over prospective buyers, you should identify their interests and offer them strategies that make their purchases quick and efficient. This course will teach you how to work with today's new buyer through counseling, salesmanship and negotiation—skills that enable you to earn customers for life.

Course Meets July 13 & 14

7/13/2017-7/14/2017 9am-5pm (Fairfax):Register Here

CRS 201: Listing Strategies for the Residential Specialist (CRS)

This two day training program takes students through an actual listing presentation, which helps them understand the key steps in this process and create a system for success.  Course Content: conducting an effective listing presentation, seller guidance and counseling, pricing a home to sell, closing techniques, marketing pland & servicing systems and sellers' needs & motivations.  

Course Meets November 16 & 17

Thur, 11/16/2017-11/17/2017 9am-5pm (Fairfax): Register here

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. For more information visit  

Course Meets September 11 & 12
9am to 5pm in Fairfax.
Register Here


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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