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What are the designations (initials) behind names?

The following list is provided to help you identify specific industry designations. Note those that are offered by a REALTOR® (NAR or one of its affiliated Institutes, Societies and Councils) is indicated with an asterisk (*). Per its bylaws, NAR does not recognize or endorse any third-party designation programs regardless of their level of quality. Questions about non-REALTOR® family designations should be directed to the provider.


AACI – Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute

ABR – Accredited Buyer Representative*

ABRM – Accredited Buyer Representative Manager*

ACCI – Association Canadian Condominium Institute

AFM – Accredited Farm Manager

ALC – Accredited Land Consultant*

AMO – Accredited Management Organization

ARA – Accredited Rural Appraiser

ARM – Accredited Resident Manager

ASA – Accredited Senior Appraiser

CAPM – Certificate in Advanced Property Marketing

CBR – Certified Buyer Representative

CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member*

CEA – Certificate of Estate Agency

CFS – Certified Finance Specialist

CGA – Certified General Appraiser

CIPS – Certified International Property Specialist*

CLO – Certified Leasing Officer

CMCA – Certified Manager of Community Associations

CPM – Certified Property Manager*

CRA – Canadian Resident Appraiser

CRB – Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager*

CRE – Counselor of Real Estate*

CREA – Certified Real Estate Appraiser

CRES – Certified Real Estate Specialist

CRF – Certified in Real Estate Finance

CRP – Certified Relocation Professional

CRS – Certified Residential Specialist*

CRSS – Certified Real Estate Securities Sponsor

CRU – Certified Residential Underwriter

CSP – Certified Sales Professional

EBA – Exclusive Buyers Agent

e-PRO – Internet Professional Certification**

FRI – Fellow of the Real Estate Institute

FRICS – Fellow, Royal Institute Chartered Surveyors

GAA – General Accredited Appraiser*

GRI – Graduate, REALTOR Institute*

IFA – Independent Fee Appraiser

IFAC – Independent Fee Appraiser – Consultant

IFAS – Independent Fee Appraiser – Senior

LTG – Leadership Training Graduate*

MAI – Member of the Appraisal Institute

MFLA – Master Farm and Land Appraiser

MRA – Master Residential Appraiser

MSA – Master Senior Appraiser

MVA – Market Value Appraiser

RAA – Residential Accredited Appraiser*

RECS – Real Estate Cyberspace Spealist

RCE – REALTOR association Certified Executive*

RM – Residential Member

RPA – Real Property Administrator

SIOR – Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS*

SRA – Senior Residential Appraiser

SREA – Senior Real Estate Analyst

SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist

SRPA – Senior Real Property Appraiser

SRS – Specialist in Real Estate Securities