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Designations & Organizations

As you advance in your career, you often focus on a speciality area. Designations can help you focus on your path and connect you with like-minded business professionals.

Earning one or more designations continues to make a difference in REALTOR® earnings. Based on 2013 NAR survey data, the median income of REALTORS® without a designation was $33,500 and the median income of those with at least one designation was $61,000: a difference of $27,600.

What’s Your Specialty?

The Hawai‘i Association of REALTORS® administers services for the following Institutes, Societies, and Councils.




Interested in Other Areas?

Interested in other areas, such as commercial, appraisals, buyer representation, Green, Short Sales and Foreclosure, Senior Market, Resort and Second Home, or other speciality areas? There are other NAR designations and certifications to meet your needs.


NAR Academy at Columbia College

Columbia College has partnered with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to offer a range of courses for you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to take control of your future and elevate your real estate career. Developed by the industry's leaders and subject matter experts, NAR Academy's innovate, stackable curriculum includes certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's, and master's programs:

Certificate in Real Estate Leadership

Certificate in Real Estate Negotiation

Certificate in Digital Marketing for Real Estate

Associate degrees in Business Administration, Real Estate Management

Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Human Resources Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, and Organizational Leadership

Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate Management, Human Resources Management, and Accounting