What Is a GREEN Designation, and Who Is It For?

NAR's GREEN Designation is designed for agents looking to learn about issues of energy efficiency and sustainability in real estate.

Benefits of Becoming a GREEN

  • Access to members-only marketing tools to help you build your business and gain a competitive edge
  • Comprehensive understanding of how homes with green features should be marketed differently than traditional homes
  • Market research about communicating with clients interested in different facets of green
  • Improved visibility as a trusted advisor and source of information on green homes
  • Listing in the online GREEN directory
  • Exclusive industry webinars
  • Pre-written green content for your social media channels
  • The GREEN REsource Council’s monthly newsletter
  • Promotional tools including:
    • Customizable GREEN client handouts on a variety of green topics
    • Social media headers and images
    • Professionally designed banner ads for designee use
    • Logos for print media and member Web sites
    • Customizable postcard options
    • Marketing brochures for consumers and builders
    • Personalized press releases
    • Access to the GRC Facebook group
  • Toolkits, guides, and other resources available through the members-only section of the GREEN REsource Council web site.

How to Earn the GREEN Designation

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How REALTORS® in the U.S. Earn the GREEN Designation


Complete the course, available in classroom or online:


  • For the online course only, you must pass an exam with a score of 80% or better. The exam is also required by some states for continuing education (CE) credit.

Professional Affiliation

  • Member in good standing of the National Association of REALTORS®
  • Maintain active membership in NAR's GREEN REsource Council


  • No application is required for this designation.


  • Application fee
    • None
  • Dues
    • First year free, $98.50 per year after that

How International REALTOR® Members Earn the GREEN Designation


  • Complete NAR's GREEN Designation 2-day course online or in the classroom.

Professional Affiliation

  • Membership in good standing in a cooperating association outside the U.S. which is party to a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).


Cost/Maintaining Your GREEN Designation

  • Once you've earned the GREEN designation, you will also be an International REALTOR® Member of NAR for the balance of that calendar year.

  • Maintaining your NAR International REALTOR® membership with one yearly fee of USD $75 will keep all of your NAR designations and certifications active.

  • Please note that if your International REALTOR® membership goes inactive, so will your GREEN designation.

Questions? Email us at

For more information, email or visit the GREEN REsource Council website.

*Course discount available through the REALTOR Benefits®.

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