CRS Information

What is a Certified Residential Specialist?

The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest Designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. The CRS Designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education.

Since 1977 the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS Designation on agents who meet its stringent requirements. Currently, there are more than 34,000 active CRS Designees.

Council of Residential Specialists

The Council of Residential Specialists is for members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® who want to move to an advanced level of experience, knowledge and earn the CRS Designation.

It is a not-for-profit affiliate of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, with its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. It is composed of nearly 40,000 Certified Residential Specialists (CRS) Designees and Candidates/General Members. The association was created to attract and retain those REALTORS® seeking the knowledge, tools and relationship-building opportunities needed to maximize their income and professionalism in residential real estate.

The Council was founded in 1976 and has four objectives:
  • To enhance members' continuing competence through providing superior educational opportunities in a cost-effective manner.
  • To provide and promote benefits which enhance the economic value of membership in the Council.
  • To create and maintain organizational systems and alliances with appropriate organizations to ensure the integrity of the Council.
  • To create and maintain procedures to ensure a standard of excellence that is required for earning the CRS Designation.