Designations & Certifications
What is the difference between a NAR Designation and Certification?
The biggest difference is in dues. In order to obtain a designation, you need to take the required coursework (generally a 2-Day course) and fulfill specific requirements (some have electives that must also be taken.) After approval, you will pay annual dues on a recurring time frame in order to keep the credential active. There are several added benefits included with the yearly dues such as free education webinars, networking and referral opportunities, promotional materials, CE credits or other discounts toward other education and credentials.
Certifications are also specialized credentials for Realtors. However, after completing the required coursework (usually a 1-day course), there is a one-time application fee and no annual dues. In order to use the credentials, you must have an active NAR membership.