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To earn your CIPS designation, you will need to complete two core courses, three elective courses, and submit your designation application demonstrating 100 points of international experience.

Courses are available either online or in the classroom and are valid for 3 years. Any courses completed more than 3 years prior to the submission of your application must be retaken to receive credit towards the education requirement of the designation.

The path to earn your CIPS designation is customized for U.S residents, non-U.S. residents, and association executives. Follow the links below for more information.

For U.S. Residents
For Non-U.S. Residents
For Association Executives
Application Instructions
Designation Reactivation

 

For U.S. Residents:

Core Courses:

  • Global Real Estate: Local Markets (1 day)
  • Global Real Estate: Transaction Tools (1 day)

Elective Options: (choose three)

  • Europe & International Real Estate (1 day)
  • Asia/Pacific & International Real Estate (1 day)
  • The Americas & International Real Estate (1 day)

OR you can substitute ONE of the below for ONE of the above:

  • NARs At Home With Diversity (1 day)
  • CRS 200 - Business Planning and Marketing for the Residential Specialist
  • CRS 204 - Creating Wealth through Residential Real Estate Investments
  • CCIM - Residential Real Estate Financial Analysis

Upon completion of the courses, fill out and submit the U.S. CIPS application.

For Non-U.S. Residents

Core Courses:

  • Global Real Estate: Local Markets (1 day)—required prerequisite
  • The Business of U.S. Real Estate (1 day)

Elective Options: (choose three)

  • Europe & International Real Estate (1 day)
  • Asia/Pacific & International Real Estate (1 day)
  • The Americas & International Real Estate (1 day)
  • One Real Estate Advanced Practices (REAP) module from the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS)

Upon completion of the courses, fill out and submit the Non-U.S. CIPS application.

Please note: If you reside in a country where NAR has a Cooperating Association, you must be a member of that Association in order to join the CIPS Network/NAR and earn the designation. If you reside in a country where NAR does not have a Cooperating Association, you must agree to abide by NAR's code of ethics and join the Cooperating Association if developed in the future.

Association Executives

All association staff must attend the one-day Global Programs for Associations course. In addition to the Global Programs for Associations course, you must complete the two core courses as well as three elective courses from those outlined below.

Global Programs for Associations Course

This one-day course provides in-depth education on developing and growing global member programs that will prepare REALTORS® to succeed in a global marketplace. This course is open to association executives, association staff, volunteer leadership, or anyone interested in understanding the value of global programs at his/her association.

Core Courses:

  • Global Real Estate: Local Markets (one-day, required core course)
  • Global Real Estate: Transaction Tools (one-day, required core course)
  • Global Programs for Associations (one-day)

Elective Options:

  • Europe & International Real Estate (1 day)
  • Asia/Pacific & International Real Estate (1 day)
  • The Americas & International Real Estate (1 day)

OR you can substitute ONE of the below for ONE of the above:

  • NARs At Home With Diversity (1 day)
  • CRS 200 - Business Planning and Marketing for the Residential Specialist
  • CRS 204 - Creating Wealth through Residential Real Estate Investments
  • CCIM - Residential Real Estate Financial Analysis

Upon completion of the courses, fill out and submit the Association Executives CIPS application.

Application Instructions

In addition to completing 5 CIPS courses, you must submit a CIPS Designation application demonstrating your experience in international real estate. This application requires that you earn 100 points in elective credits. Elective credits can be earned by speaking other languages, possessing additional NAR designations, attending international conferences and education sessions, and international transactions in which you will be asked to answer specific questions regarding the sales of each transaction. Transactions must involve other cultures or countries, and can include sales in your local market.

Applications can be submitted throughout the year; however they are due by Oct. 1 to be recognized (and pinned) at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in November. They should be submitted after your coursework is completed. A one-time only processing fee of US$75 is required when you submit your designation application. Once approved, you must maintain your designation dues annually in order to use the CIPS Designation. Annual CIPS Designation dues are US $220.

If you are having trouble signing the .pdf, go to Advanced > Security Settings. Click on Digital IDs in the left menu. Examine the Intended Usage and select the certificate that includes Sign transaction, Sign document, and Client Authorization. Go to Usage Options and select Use for Signing. Then go back to the document and click Sign, but select Certify with Visible Signature. This should sign the document.

Application for U.S. Residents
Application for non-U.S. Residents
Application for Association Executives

Reactivation Policy for CIPS Designees

If you earned the CIPS Designation and you haven’t paid membership in over 5 years you must:

  • Take the CIPS Core Course - Global Real Estate: Transaction Tools
  • One additional CIPS course (no substitutions of CRS, AHWD or CCIM course allowed)
  • Resubmit the CIPS Designation Application
  • Submit payment for the current quarter’s dues and the application fee

If you earned the CIPS Designation and your membership has been inactive for a period of 1-4 years you must:

  • Pay the current quarter’s dues
  • Pay a $50 reactivation fee