How to Get a Real Estate Designation: First Steps

Nov 23, 2016
It is important to grow and develop as a professional in order to succeed in a highly changing industry. This is why many real estate professionals are giving themselves a competitive edge through expert training and industry-recognized designations that provide career-long benefits like increased skill and reputability. 

If you are reading this article, there is a good chance that you’ve also decided to stay ahead of the pack and invest in your career by earning a real estate designation - but where do you start?
Find Your Best Fit
REIC offers industry-leading designations in multiple areas of the real estate industry, so its important to decide where you want to specialize. If you are licensed in real estate sales, the Fellow of the Real Estate Institute (FRI) designation is a great way to enhance your profile and marketability. In property management, we offer the Certified Property Manager® (CPM) and Accredited Residential Manager® (ARM®) programs. You can view the full list of designation offerings on our website, but if you are experiencing any issues - a member of our team will be happy to help. 
Becoming a Member
REIC Members are individuals who currently maintain or are working towards earning a designation. The first step to becoming a Candidate Member is selecting a designation program, or contacting REIC to learn which program will best suit your career goals and experience level. Our Membership team will walk you through program benefits and requirements as well as the annual dues structure. Your membership distinguishes you a real estate professional who has achieved the highest standards of experience and education, and who has made a solid commitment to business ethics.
The Application Process
In order to be approved as a Candidate Member you must complete the designation application process. Application forms are available for download on each designation web page.
  • Select the designation program that best suits your needs
  • Download the application form
  • Fill out all the required information
  • Submit your application with payment

After submitting your application, you will be notified once you are approved as a Candidate Member.

Receiving your Designation

You will receive your designation certificate and pin when you:

  • Complete the education and experience requirements.
  • Complete the peer interview.
  • Commit to the REIC Code of Professional Standards.
  • Pay annual dues fees as established by the Institute.
Fulfill Education and Experience Requirements
Each designation has unique education and experience requirements. If you aren’t sure if
your education or experience qualifies for the designation you are interested in, contact
 directly to discuss with a staff member.

The Peer Interview Process
Once you have completed your education requirements and have the necessary experience, you will be contacted by a representative from your local REIC Chapter for a peer interview.


Benefits of Membership
Membership with REIC provides ongoing access to a wealth of resources, networking opportunities and business referrals. Members with property management credentials are also members of IREM and enjoy access to IREM's vast resources and tools. 
EIC Members receive a number of benefits, including:
  • Discounted tuition, events, services and products
  • Access to local and national resources
  • Member networking and support
  • Online promotion
Ethics and standards are the cornerstone of what we do, and becoming an REIC Member lets clients know you are focused on upholding the REIC Code of Professional Standards

For more information on becoming a member and earning a designation, please contact Membership Services or call 1-800-542-7342

REIC National

Written by REIC National

The Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC) is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing education and professionalism in the real estate industry. Our courses and designation programs shape the future of real estate by enhancing the skills of talented professionals and business leaders. Committed to the highest professional and ethical standards, REIC has been educating and certifying specialists since 1955.