Professional designations and certifications denote specialized education and experience. The Richmond Association of REALTORS® Real Estate School offers a broad range of designation and certification courses.


ABR®, Accredited Buyer Representative – The mark of excellence in comprehensive buyer representation services and expertise. (READ MORE)

GRI®, Graduate Realtor® Institute – For Virginia REALTORS® GRI information, contact Cailin at The GRI is a nationally recognized designation of the National Association of Realtors®. (READ MORE)

SRES, Seniors Real Estate Specialist – Adults aged 50+ represent more than 20% of The U.S. population. For senior adults, the homes that they live in are their largest asset and account for much of their net worth. (READ MORE)

SRS, Seller Representative Specialist – The premier credential in seller representation for Real Estate Professionals. (READ MORE)


e-PRO – The certification program that helps REALTORS® master the advanced digital marketing techniques of today by increasing their ability to reach customers, expand their capabilities, and build trust by safeguarding client information. Serves as an elective course for the ABR® and SRS designations. (READ MORE)

MRP, Military Relocation Professional – This certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support. Serves as an elective course for the ABR® and SRS designations. (READ MORE)

RSPS, Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist – This certification is for REALTORS® who specialize in buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in resort, recreational, and/or vacation destinations. (READ MORE)

PSA, Pricing Strategy Advisor – This certification is specifically designed to enhance skills in pricing properties, creating CMAs, working with appraisers and guiding clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values. (READ MORE)

Designation Electives

New Home Construction – This one-day course provides buyer’s representatives with the product knowledge and increased confidence to make new-home construction a win-win transaction for buyer clients. Serves as an elective course for the ABR® designation.

Real Estate Investing – The one-day course looks at how practitioners can adapt core real estate skills and learn new skills to serve clients who want to invest in single family homes, condos, townhomes, and small multifamily properties. Serves as an elective course for the ABR® and SRS designations.

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Specialty Education

The RAR Real Estate School regularly offers classes geared towards the commercial practitioners, property managers and appraisers. Classes include technology, legal and regulatory issues, contract writing, and landlord tenant considerations.