How to Become a Course Provider

CRD licensed course providers include REALTOR® Boards and Associations, proprietary schools and franchises. Any REALTOR® Board or Association can become a provider, however, we do monitor proprietary schools to make sure the communities and areas they serve do not overlap with one another. All CRD licensed course providers are asked to teach the ABR® Designation Course to at least 100 students each year. We encourage Boards or Associations with less than 1,000 members to consider co-sponsoring with another Board/Association or proprietary school in your area. Learn more about this option below.

License & Royalty Fees

CRD's annual license fee is $2,500 for the first year and $1,000 thereafter. This license enables you to deliver all courses—over 30 courses in all—including all elective programs offered in conjunction with the ABR® Designation. There is a royalty fee due to CRD per student per class. Additionally, you will be able to schedule classes addressing other real estate business specialties such as:

  • Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) Designation
  • NAR’s Green Designation
  • Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist Certification (RSPS)
  • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification (SFR®)
  • Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation
  • Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) Designation
  • And many more

Proposed program budgets are available upon request. CRD Course Providers will be responsible for adding the dates and location of the course to the CRD system, so we can advertise the course. CRD providers are also responsible for importing necessary documentation including required rosters, instructor evaluations and royalty fee(s) per student within 10 days of the course.

To Apply

If you wish to submit an application for your organization to become a CRD licensed course provider, please fill out the application form. Once your application is received, we will review and schedule an introductory meeting.


Smaller REALTOR® Boards and Associations—those with less than 1,000 members—may be unable to develop sufficient student interest to become a licensed provider and offer CRD courses on their own. For this reason, we encourage all REALTOR® Boards and Associations to co-sponsor with CRD licensed providers.

Co-sponsorships can create win-win revenue-generating opportunities for both parties involved. To investigate co-sponsorship possibilities, you’ll need to contact a licensed provider in your state.

A complete list of course providers can be found here.

If you approach another provider about co-sponsoring courses, be sure to discuss and negotiate terms concerning:

  • Course promotion
  • Location of course site
  • Responsibilities for printing materials, manuals, forms, etc.
  • Contacting and hiring an instructor

The licensed provider will ultimately be responsible for adding the dates and location of the course to the CRD system to be advertised. This licensed provider is also responsible for importing all the necessary documentation to the CRD system within 10 days. That includes importing required rosters, instructor evaluations and royalty fee(s), and exam answer sheets (if applicable).