All candidates who successfully pass the examination will be notified in writing that they have earned the RCE designation. All new designees must pay a one-time, non-refundable certification fee of $195. A news release for use by local media will be sent to the designee's association from the National Association. All new RCEs will receive a plaque, an RCE pin, and will be recognized during the AE Institute and both NAR meetings in front of their AE peers and volunteer leadership.
(effective November 2012)
- RCE Designation Use
RCE designees may use the designation until they fail to comply with recertification requirements on the RCE recertification form.
- Unemployed/Interim RCE Status
If a designee becomes unemployed, but is seeking a new position as a REALTOR® association executive, the designee is allowed to maintain the designation for one year from the last day of employment as a REALTOR® association executive. The designee will continue to be invoiced for dues/recertification fees during the one year time period when they are seeking employment with a REALTOR® association.
However, it is the responsibility of the designee to inform the Association Leadership Development Department (312-329-8514) if they wish to use the designation while seeking future employment. If the designee has not found an AE position after the one year period, then the designee loses the right to use the designation. If the AE secures employment with a REALTOR® association within a four-year time period, they can resume use of the designation and all past fees will become due.
A designee who leaves the REALTOR® association management profession for more than four years from the last day of employment, they must reapply for certification and start the process from the beginning, in the manner required for new applicants, upon return to the REALTOR® association management profession.
- Real Estate Industry Position RCE Status
If an RCE designee leaves their REALTOR® association AE position, and wishes to continue use of the RCE designation, they must hold a new position in REALTOR® association management (including consultant) to maintain the designation and will be responsible for submitting dues/recertification fees. However, it is the responsibility of the designee to inform the Association Leadership Development Department if they wish to continue using the designation.
- RCE Retired "Ret." Status
An RCE who retires will receive RCE Retired Status (there is no age requirement). They may only use the RCE (Ret.) status behind their name and will not be required to recertify. However, if the RCE (Ret.) returns to the REALTOR® association management profession as a REALTOR® Association AE or holds a new position in the real estate industry (including consultant) within a four-year time period, they must recertify and pay back dues as set forth in the "RCE Designation Use" (#2 above) requirements or in the "Real Estate Industry Position RCE Status" (#3 above) requirements. If an RCE (Ret.) designee returns to the real estate industry after four years from the last day of receiving the RCE (Ret.) status, they must reapply for certification and start the process from the beginning, in the manner required for new applicants, upon return to the REALTOR® association management profession.
In keeping with continuing education standards, RCEs must be recertified every four years to maintain the designation. To be recertified, you must earn additional points as outlined in the Recertification Form. For all RCEs, the recertification date is the fourth January 31st following the certification date that appears on his or her certificate. Recertification requires an additional 75 points from two sections of the Recertification Form.