Show Off Your Expertise With a Designation

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Being a REALTOR® can sometimes feel like the Olympic Games. In the midst of dealing with tough clients, you’re having to type at Usain Bolt speed to respond to emails, run the baton back and forth between listings, and answer phone calls from teammates. Even with all your hard work, you still feel like you’re in second place.

The ABoR Academy knows a way you can stay on top of today’s competitive industry and win the gold medal — earn a designation! With November being National Designation Month, this is the perfect time for you to dust off those running shoes and run back into the classroom. We have a number of great designations to ensure you take the next step in taking control of your career and bringing home the gold medal!

Why earn a designation?

There are several reasons, but we’ve laid out a few for you. On your mark, get set, go! 

  1. It “pays” off.

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, REALTORS® with at least one designation earned $27,000+ more a year compared to those without one. Now that’s a big increase!

  1. Learn something new.

Taught by award-winning instructors, designations are a great way to expose yourself new facets of real estate. The material you’ll gain in designation courses will provide you with more confidence and can even help with lead generation.

  1. Find a mentor.

Especially if you’re a newer REALTOR®, a great way to learn and grow in your professional career is by finding and utilizing a mentor. While being taught by some of the best instructors in the industry, take the time to get to know your instructor and see if he or she can provide you with advice, an extra boost of encouragement, or answer any questions you may have.

  1. Tackle education hours

All designations offer you continuing education hours to help you maintain your license. For example, Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Designation courses are worth 10 CE hours and 30 SAE hours. You can also apply GRI’s education credits to course hours needed for license renewals. Looking to get a broker’s license? A designation can help meet those education hours too!

Plus! Members get discounts on all designation courses!

Join us for National Designation Month at the ABoR Academy!

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI)

GRI Marketing
November 8 – 9, November 15 – 16
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | ABoR South
TREC# 0556

GRI Brokerage
November 8 – 9, November 15 – 16
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | ABoR HQ

Accredited Buyer Representative® (ABR®)

November 29 – 30
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | ABoR South
TREC# 16-00-107-28651

Texas Residential Leasing Specialist (TRLS) Certification

The TAR Residential Lease Agreement
November 29
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | ABoR HQ
TREC# 30982

The Essentials of Residential Leasing
November 29
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | ABoR HQ
TREC# 30980

Agency Issues Impacting Property Managers and Leasing Agents
November 30
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | ABoR HQ
TREC# 30979

Marketing and Leasing Residential Properties
November 30
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | ABoR HQ
TREC# 30981

Earning one or several designations demonstrates to the public and the industry your commitment to professional development and customer service, so sign-up for courses at and start your race to the finish line! We’re all rooting for you!



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