Who is it for?

The REALTOR® Association Certified Executive (RCE) is the only professional designation designed specifically for REALTOR® association executives. The RCE designation exemplifies goal-oriented association executives with drive, experience and commitment to professional growth.

What You Gain

  • The right to use the designation after your name
  • Formal recognition at the annual Association Executives Institute (AEI)
  • An RCE plaque to display and an RCE pin to wear
  • Enhanced skills in every aspect of REALTOR® association management
  • Networking with other association executive leaders
  • Mentoring

How to Earn It

  • You must be employed in one of the following ways:
    • Full- or part-time employee of a local or state association of REALTORS®
    • Full- or part-time employee of a regional multiple listing service owned by a REALTOR® association(s) 
    • Full- or part-time employee of a business which is, directly or indirectly, wholly-owned by one or more REALTOR® association(s)
    • Full- or part-time  employee of NAR


  • CAE designees can earn the RCE designation in another way…CAE Plus = RCE!
  • REALTOR® association employment requirements are the same as RCE eligibility requirements.  In addition, you must have:
    • A current CAE designation
    • Three years of full time OR five years of part time REALTOR® association OR real estate management experience


  • Candidates earn the designation by accumulating a minimum of 350 points through
    • Professional development activities
    • Professional achievements
    • Education
  • Points are recorded using the online Applicant Data Form
  • CAE designees are eligible for RCE designation through a streamlined process.


  • The RCE exam consists of three modules
  • Candidates must take one or more modules on the same day per exam cycle
  • You must score 75% or better to pass each exam
  • You have two years after the date you submit your application to pass all three exam modules
  • The exam is offered on-site once a year:
    • At the AE Institute
  • The exam is offered locally, online, with an RCE proctor, twice a year:
    • 2-3 weeks before the REALTORS® Conference & Expo
    • 2-3 weeks before the AE Institute



  • Application fee
    • $375
  • Certification fee
    • $195
  • Re-certification fee (every four years)
    • $125
  • Annual dues
    • $85
  • Exam module re-take fee
    • $50 per module
  • NOTE: The Judith Lindenau RCE Scholarship of up to $570 is available to cover the expense of the application and certification fees.



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