Expand your knowledge globally.

The CIPS course curriculum offers you hands-on experience with international real estate transactions, as well as five full days of study focusing on the critical aspects of transnational transactions, including:

  • Currency and exchange rate issues
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Regional market conditions
  • Investment performance
  • Tax issues
  • And more!

To be eligible for the CIPS Designation, you must complete 5 courses as outlined below. The designation application must be submitted within 3 years of beginning your courses. 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.

CIPS Core Courses

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Global Real Estate: Local Markets (for U.S. and non-U.S. professionals)

The goals of this Global Real Estate: Local Markets course are to provide an awareness and understanding of how the global economy impacts local real
estate markets and to prepare real estate professionals to serve international clients as well as customers in their local markets.

You must take this course before taking any other CIPS courses. Upon completion of this course, you will receive elective credit towards the ABR and CRS designation (applies to U.S. members only).

Global Real Estate: Transaction Tools (for U.S. professionals only)

This course reviews the tools and concepts real estate professionals need in order to work with the investor client in the global real estate market. Learn
how to research markets, convert metric measures, monitor currency trends, alert clients to tax and visa matters, analyze financial data for transactions,
and follow a process for compiling transaction information.

The Business of U.S. Real Estate (for non-U.S. professionals only)

This course provides the tools and concepts real estate professionals need to serve clients and customers in the global real estate market. Learn how to
describe the social, political, geographical, and cultural characteristics of the U.S. to better understand how the real estate market functions. You will also
acquire knowledge of the business of U.S. real estate. Finally, you will gain the tools needed to adapt to the standards, customs, and cultural norms of U.S.
real estate business that will enable you to achieve success.

CIPS Global Programs for Associations (Association Staff ONLY)

This four-hour course provides in-depth education on developing and growing Global member programs that will prepare REALTORS® to succeed in a global marketplace. This course is open to association executives, association staff, volunteer leadership, or anyone interested in understanding the value of global programs at their association.

Completion of this course will partially fulfill the requirements for the CIPS Association Executive designation. Other requirements include successful completion of the practitioner CIPS courses and compilation of 100 elective points earned for various international-related skills or activities on the designation application.

CIPS Electives: Regional Courses

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Europe and International Real Estate

This course provides the tools and concepts real estate professionals need to serve clients and customers in the global real estate market.

You will learn how identify important laws, cultural norms, and geographic factors of various European markets that will help you facilitate successful
real estate transactions. You will also assess opportunities in European real estate markets by understanding the history of specific regions, investment
patterns, and trends in real estate activity. Finally, you will learn ways to gain additional information and develop a professional network to enhance an
international real estate business with European clients and properties.

Asia/Pacific and International Real Estate

This course introduces real estate professionals to the basic skills and knowledge necessary to facilitate international transactions with Asian clients.The course benefits both experienced real estate professionals as well as those just getting started.

The Americas and International Real Estate

This course offers students practical information on working with regions of the Americas and provides historical and cultural influences, regional relationship, and investment opportunities from that region. It is designed to benefit both experienced real estate professionals as well as those just getting started.

Africa and International Real Estate

This course will help elevate your knowledge, skills, and understanding of the real estate industry in Africa. You will learn about the geography, demographics, government, economy, and real estate sectors in 11 countries, and you will be introduced to our newest bilateral partners in Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. Because this is such a dynamic continent, you will be provided with resources to keep you up to date with current economic and real estate trends. Finally, you will learn about the cultural norms that affect business practices in each country.

Or, you can substitute ONE of the courses below for ONE of the electives above:

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At Home With Diversity

The class teaches real estate professionals how they can increase their sensitivity and adaptability to future market trends. It addresses issues of diversity, fair housing, and cultural differences. Participants will learn practical skills and tools to expand business and effectively service all cultural groups.

Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist Certification

With the Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) certification course, you will gain skills and foundational knowledge for working with resort and second-home customers, clients, and properties. Participants will increase their knowledge of tax and investment implications and regulatory matters associated with resort and second-home properties.

Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA

In the one-day course, "Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA," learn how to select appropriate comparables and make accurate adjustments, guide sellers and buyers through the details of CMAs and the underlying pricing principles that inform them, and interact effectively with appraisers.

Have questions?

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