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CRS Introduces Education Maintenance Requirement for all its Certified Real Estate Professional Members

May 25, 2017

Contact: Anthony Priore
Chief Marketing Officer

For Immediate Release

CHICAGO, May 25, 2017—The Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) announced today that, beginning with the 2018 membership renewal period, all CRS Designees will be required to take a minimum of two hours of continuing education each calendar year to maintain their CRS designation status.

The CRS Designation is the most prestigious professional designation in the residential real estate business. This new continued learning requirement is designed to reinforce its significance and value.

CRS Designees will have the remainder of the 2017 calendar year to earn their credits prior to renewal for next year.  The requirement can be fulfilled by taking a number of free CRS education programs or by attending sessions at the CRS annual Sell-a-bration® conference or a pre-approved CRS Local Networking Group event.

REALTORS® who earn the CRS designation have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding achievement in residential real estate. Only 32,000 agents (3% of all REALTORS nationwide) have achieved the credential.

‘The CRS designation yields great value for REALTORS® who have earned this distinction,” said Leigh Brown, CRS President. “In addition to being more experienced and successful REALTORS®, CRS designees receive advanced training above and beyond what is required of typical agents. The CRS designation assures consumers that they are working with the most professional agent who will work to assure they get the best price and terms and are guided through a smoother transaction process.”

For more information about becoming a CRS member and earning the Certified Residential Specialist designation, visit or call 800-462-8841.