Realtors who have earned their Certified Residential Specialist designation could lose their certification if they don’t keep up with new requirements.

Certified CRS Realtors will now be required to complete two hours of CRS education each calendar year to maintain their designation, according to the Texas Association of Realtors.

The requirement was approved by the CRS Board of Directors at the 2016 Annual Meeting to differentiate the designation and establish a high standard, according to TAR.

Current designees will need to fulfill the requirement by Dec. 31, 2017, to keep their designation for 2018. New designees will be exempt from the maintenance requirement during their first year.

Here are the ways Realtors can earn their new yearly maintenance requirement:

  • Free live or recorded member benefit webinars at
  • CRS-produced education such as classroom courses, eLearning courses
  • Sell-a-bration sessions, and webinars
  • CRS elective courses
  • Pre-approved CRS Local Networking Group events