Frequently Asked Questions

Coursework

Are the classes online or in the classroom?

Courses can be taken in person, online, or a combination of both. We recommend taking the courses in person if possible since this is a great time to network with other future CIPS designees and also have the benefit of a live instructor.

How long does it take online?

Each course is designed to be a full-day (8 hours) course, however online courses are self-paced and can be started and stopped based on your preferences. Allow 6-8 hours of screen time. Once the course is purchased, students have one year to complete the coursework and pass the exam.

How long does it take in the classroom?

Each course is 8 hours long and will total 40 hours by the end of the five courses.

How do I access the online courses?

Access the online courses by going to www.nar.realtor/rucips.

Do I have to take a test?

At the end of each class (both online and in the classroom) you will take a test covering the course content, for a total of 5 tests. Each test must be passed with 80 percent or better. There are no additional tests required to earn your CIPS designation.

I took the classes a few years ago, are they still valid?

Any courses completed more than 3 years prior to the submission of your application must be retaken to receive credit towards the education requirement of the designation.

Application

What is the application cost for U.S. and Canadian REALTORS®?

The one-time application fee is $75. Your application must be accompanied with payment for your application fee and membership dues (prorated depending on the month you apply). Payments are accepted in the form of an authorized credit card payment or check. Payments by credit card should be made through NAR’s Ecommerce System:

For US REALTORS®: www.nar.realtor/cipspaymentUS

For Canadian REALTORS®: www.nar.realtor/canadacipsapp

What is the cost for International REALTORS® (excluding Canada)?

The one-time application fee is US$300. Your application must be accompanied with payment for your application fee. Payments are accepted in the form of an authorized credit card payment. Payments by credit card should be made through NAR E-commerce System: www.nar.realtor/intlcipsapp

Are there any additional fees other than course fees and the application fee?

Please see the “Dues” section below for more information.

How do I submit my application?

Once you have provided payment, you may then submit your application to NAR. Please email your application to cips@realtors.org or print and mail it to the address below. You will receive an email confirmation once your application is received.

CIPS, National Association of REALTORS®
430 N. Michigan Ave. 11th FL
Chicago, IL 60611

In addition to the required coursework, how much experience do you need to apply?

In addition to the required coursework you will need to accumulate 100 points on the application form. The application includes several categories measuring your international competency. Each option is given a specific number of points. While you are not required to complete each section, responses you provide must total 100 points.

How do you earn the 100 points?

There are many ways to earn the points. Points can be obtained by completing international transactions, having earned other NAR designations or certifications, being a member of your local or state global business council, being an approved instructor, having a college, associate or advanced degree, working or studying abroad, participating in a REALTOR Association sponsored Trade Mission, attending conferences outside of your country, being a published author of international content and many more. For the full list please see your CIPS application.

I’m having trouble e-signing the application. What should I do?

Please call CIPS customer service at 312.329.8369. You can also print and mail your application and payment to the address below:

CIPS, National Association of REALTORS®
430 N. Michigan Ave. 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

When do I need to submit the application to be recognized at the NAR conferences?

New CIPS designees are pinned twice per year; in May at the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo and at the REALTOR® Conference and Expo in November. Applications must be submitted no later than March 31 to be recognized at the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in May and September 30 to be recognized at the REALTOR® Conference and Expo in November.

When should I expect to hear back about my application?

Due to the volume of applications NAR receives, it can take 2 weeks for your application to be reviewed. If NAR requires any other information to approve your application, you will be notified by email as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience during the review process.

Dues

How much are CIPS dues for U.S. and Canadian REALTORS®?

As a CIPS Designee you will be required to pay annual membership dues in the amount of $220 to keep your designation active. If renewals are received by December 31, you receive a 10 percent discount.

How often do I need to pay my CIPS dues?

CIPS membership dues are paid annually. Dues renewal notices are sent starting in November. You must pay your dues to use the CIPS designation and receive your CIPS member benefits.

How do I submit my dues payment?

Dues are paid online by credit card through the NAR Ecommerce System: www.nar.realtor/cipsdues

I haven’t paid my dues in a few years, can I reactivate my membership?

Yes, you will need to pay a reactivation fee of $50 in addition to your dues. Dues are prorated depending on what time of the year you join. The prorated dues schedule is as follows:

Quarter 1- January, February, March

$220

Quarter 2- April, May, June

$165

Quarter 3- July, August, September

$110

Quarter 4- October, November, December PLUS following year

$220

If you earned the CIPS Designation and you have not paid membership dues in over 5 years you must:

  1. Take the CIPS Core Course - Global Real Estate: Transaction Tools
  2. One additional CIPS course (no substitutions of CRS, AHWD or CCIM course allowed)
  3. Resubmit the CIPS Designation Application
  4. Submit payment for the current quarter’s dues and the application fee

For additional questions please contact us by email at cips@realtors.org or call 312.329.8369.

For International REALTORS® (excluding Canada)

How do I keep my CIPS designation active?

As an international CIPS Designee, you pay a one time application fee of US$300. You remain an active CIPS designee in subsequent years by paying your International REALTOR® dues of $75.

How do I submit my dues payment?

Dues are paid online by credit card using the link provided in the email or through the NAR Ecommerce System: www.nar.realtor/cipsdues (renewals), www.nar.realtor/intlcipsapp (first time applicant)

I haven’t paid my dues in a few years, can I reactivate my membership?

Yes, you can reactivate your CIPS Designation by paying a US $300 reactivation fee if you have been inactive for less than 5 years.

If you earned the CIPS Designation and you have not paid membership dues in over 5 years you must:

  1. Take the CIPS Core Course – The Business of US Real Estate
  2. One additional CIPS course (no substitutions of CRS, AHWD or CCIM course allowed)
  3. Resubmit the CIPS Designation Application
  4. Submit US$300 application fee

For additional questions please contact us by email at cips@realtors.org or call 312.329.8369.

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