Certified Residential Specialist Designation

CRS members who have met certain educational and professional requirements are eligible to apply for the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation.  The CRS Designation signals to consumers and other real-estate professionals that you are one of the best of the best.

The new CRS Designation Maintenance Requirement will take effect for the 2018 renewal period. CRS Designees are now required to take 2 hours of CRS Education within a calendar year, in addition to paying their dues, to maintain their designation standing. For more information, please see the CRS Designation Maintenance Requirements FAQ.

Annually, Certified Residential Specialists earn more than triple the income of the average REALTOR®, and CRSs complete nearly twice as many transactions each year. Out of more than 1 million REALTORS®, less than 3% are Certified Residential Specialists.

That little percentage equals a huge advantage for agents looking to expand their real estate business, differentiate themselves from a million other agents, and put themselves on a proven path to success.

CRS Designees are more successful than the average REALTOR®. By becoming a CRS member and earning your Certified Residential Specialist designation, you will secure your place in the top 3% of real estate agents in the country, and you'll unlock a number of additional CRS-specific benefits, including:

  • Use of the CRS Designation trademark
  • Listing in the premier CRS Referral Directory – including print, online and in the Find a CRS smart phone application
  • Additional discounts on CRS educational opportunities and events
  • CRS Designee consumer marketing materials


If you have questions about your eligibility, call Customer Service at 800.462.8841.