How to Become a CRD Instructor

Are you interested in joining our team of instructors? If so, please review the following suggestions, which will help get you started in teaching the ABR® Designation Course and other CRD offerings.

How do I become an instructor for CRD?

The first thing you need to do is find a "home"—a specific course provider—for whom to teach. These organizations include State and Local REALTOR® Association Boards, proprietary schools, as well as a network of educational franchises. A complete list of course providers can be found here.

Submit your resume to one of these providers. If hired, your contract will be between you and that licensed provider only. The provider will also be responsible for providing the course materials for any CRD courses that you are qualified to teach.

Once you are hired, the provider will contact CRD where you’ll be added to the database as an approved instructor. At that time you will also be added to CRD’s approved instructor e-mail list, so you can begin receiving instructor information from CRD.

CRD monitors instructor performance through instructor evaluations. Instructors are also required to attend an ABR® Instructor Recertification workshop—a continuing requirement that must be met every two years.

Can I teach for other CRD course providers?

Yes, unless you have an exclusive contract with your course provider.

Where and when are the Instructor Recertification Workshops held?

These workshops are attended by both new and veteran instructors and are held several times a year at various locations, but always in conjunction with NAR’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo and the Mid-year Legislative Meetings. Additional details and a current schedule can be viewed here.

What will I learn in the Instructor Recertification Workshop?

Everything you need to share with students in the classroom will be reviewed in the Instructor Recertification workshop. We’ll also cover any updates in the ABR® Designation Course. Further, we’ll spend half a day on instructor development with different topics that will assist instructors with their teaching skills.

Is the Instructor Recertification Workshop required?

Yes, all instructors must attend once every two years. New instructors are strongly encouraged to attend as quickly as possible, since this will greatly enhance your success as a CRD instructor.

How am I compensated for teaching CRD courses?

CRD is not involved in any compensation agreements (unless CRD is offering the course). This is negotiated between you and the course provider. In establishing these agreements, we recommend that you also discuss compensation for hotel, travel, and food expenses, if applicable, and document these terms in writing before you begin teaching.


Among offerings from the REALTORS® Land Institute, only Land 101 may be taught by CRD instructors;

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