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Who is it for?

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers and brokers.

What You Gain

  • Discounts of up to 50% on most education offered by the Residential Real Estate Council (RRC)

  • Access to the Council’s referral network

  • Listing in the Council’s online and print directories

  • Eligibility to join the Qualified Consumer Leads program

  • Attend RRC events at preferred member pricing

  • Free subscription to Inman Select News

  • Subscription to the Council’s magazine, the The Residential Specialist

  • Professionally branded materials like customizable sign riders, fact sheets, business cards, and the bi-monthly Your Home newsletter

  • Local Networking through your state RRC organization

  • Recognition of your expertise—the CRS designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers

  • Discounts on insurance coverage through USI Affinity

How to Earn It


There are two paths to the CRS designation:

60/30/30 Program

  • 30 hours of RRC education

Pro Program

  • 16 hours of RRC education

> Learn more about CRS course credits.

Volume Requirements

  • U.S. CRS Designees

    • 60/30/30 Program

      • 60 transactions or $30 million in volume in the past five years

    • Pro Program

      • 10+ years as a licensed real estate agent

      • 150 transactions total, or an average of $1 million per year with at least 40 transactions

  • Non-U.S. Designees


  • There is no exam for this designation, however individual courses may require an exam for credit.

Professional Affiliation

  • Member in good standing of the Residential Real Estate Council

  • Member in good standing of the National Association of REALTORS®



  • Application fee

    • $99

  • Annual Dues

    • $195

Maintenance of Designation

  • Two hours of continued education every calendar year via any of the following options:

    • RRC classroom course

    • eLearning course

    • Elective course

    • Live or recorded RRC webinar

    • Attending an approved State RRC or Local Network event

    • Attending RRC's annual Sell-a-bration

    • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for RRC

    • Write an article for The Residential Specialist (TRS)

    • Author a RRC course or being a course content contributor

    • Be a speaker or instructor for a RRC webinar, or at Sell-a-bration or any pre-approved RRC state or local networking group (LNG) event

  • Annual dues payment

For more information, visit the RRC website.


Legal Action Program

Provides financial assistance to support litigation of significance to the real estate industry and private property rights.


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