Who is it for?
Accredited Land Consultants (ALCs) are land professionals who are the most accomplished, most experienced, highest-performing land experts. Becoming an ALC requires successful completion of a rigorous education program, a proven track record of transaction performance, and a commitment to professional growth.
What You Gain
- Access to the network of ALC designees, who work together to build and share knowledge, develop trusted relationships, and expand business opportunities.
How to Earn It*
The ALC requires a total of 104 course hours through the REALTORS® Land Institute's LAND University (LANDU) program.
Three required courses (56 hours):
- Land 101: Fundamentals of Land Brokerage (16 hours)
- Land Investment Analysis (24 hours)
- Tax Deferred 1031 Exchanges (16 hours)
- Electives adding up to 48 course hours
- All ALC designation applicants must successfully complete a comprehensive online exam that covers the core components of the Land University curriculum.
- Applicants must score 70% or better to pass the exam.
- hold a current real estate license
- have a minimum of two years of experience in land sales or brokerage
- have a minimum of three years of comparable real estate experience in auction, leasing, development, farm management, consulting, brokerage management, or related services in land
- Applicants must submit a portfolio that substantiates specific levels of volume achieved in land sales or in providing real estate services related to land.
- The value of the land must account for at least 51% of the total sale of the transaction in order for the transaction to be eligible.
- REALTOR® Membership or Institute Affiliate Membership in good standing with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
Letters of Recommendation
Provide two letters of recommendation:
- One from an Accredited Land Consultant (ALC)
- One from a local or state board confirming that the applicant is a member in good standing
- A formal portfolio must be submitted, along with a resume, knowledge requirement form, and signed agreement to follow the ALC Code of Conduct.
- The application is peer-reviewed by a five-member accreditation committee and the REALTORS® Land Institute Board of Directors.
- The fee is $100 and covers two attempts.
- 16-hour courses cost members $445 each, with the exception of the Land Investment Analysis course, which costs $545.
- The initial cost of the designation is $350, to be submitted with the ALC designation application.
- Annual ALC dues are $445.
Reinstatement fee for lapsed designation
- A $350 reinstatement fee is charged if membership with the Institute lapses for more than three years and the member would like to rejoin.
*Fast Track Program
Individuals holding the CCIM, CRE, SIOR, AFM, ARA, RPRA, AAC, MAI, CAI or who hold a B.S. or M.S. with a major in real estate or a program related specifically to land, may receive their ALC designations through an accelerated "Fast Track" program.
- Fast Track candidates only need to complete the three required courses: Land 101, Land Investment Analysis, and Tax Deferred 1031 Exchanges.
- Fast Track candidates must still meet all other requirements listed above.