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.

2018 CRS Designation New Requirements

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's


Mark your calendars! Leigh Thomas Brown is here to tell you how to change your business for the better.

Posted by Council of Residential Specialists on Monday, August 28, 2017

Leigh Brown, CRS President

The CRS Board of Directors recently approved a change in the requirements to achieve CRS designation that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. The current A & B designation path options are being eliminated and replaced with one new path which requires 60 transactions or $30 million in sales volume over the most recent three years plus 30 hours of CRS classroom or eLearning course credit. The Pro program will remain in place and will be re-evaluated at a later date.  For more information please view the 60-30-30 Program FAQs.


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.