Extra Credit: Pre-Conference Learning

Check out the full list of designation and certification courses available in Orlando this November.

September 13, 2012

Education pays. That’s the message of Designation Awareness Month in November. REALTORS® who make the commitment and investment to earn a professional designation or certification—about one-third of members—have a median gross income that’s $27,000 higher than that of REALTORS® who have none, according to the 2012 NAR Member Profile.

So if you’re heading to Orlando in November, why not raise your designation awareness by taking one of several pre-conference courses being offered on site Nov. 7–8? For example, you can work toward NAR’s new Broker Price Opinion Resource certification by taking the course “BPOs: The Agent’s Role in the Valuation Process,” which can also be applied toward the Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation. Eligible BPOR-certified members can be included on a preferred panel to receive BPO orders from partnered BPO management companies. To qualify for the preferred list, applicants must be licensed for at least 2.5 years and carry an errors and omissions policy with $250,000 minimum coverage per incident and $500,000 aggregate maximum.

Other pre-conference courses include “At Home with Diversity”; the e-pro certification course (for YPN members); the green designation course “Greening Your Business”; the Certified International Property Specialist course “The Business of U.S. Real Estate”; “Short Sales and Foreclosures: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know”; and “The Business of Your Business: Formula, Financials, Function & Freedom” from the Women’s Council of REALTORS®.

Erica Christoffer
Product Manager

Erica Christoffer is the product manager for REALTOR® Magazine, driving growth and helping make data-driven decisions for the editorial products and programs that fall under the publication's umbrella. Erica also co-manages the magazine's 30 Under 30 program. During her tenure as an editor, she wrote and edited hundreds of articles for the magazine and launched the Broker to Broker section. Connect with Erica via email: echristoffer@nar.realtor.