Real estate agents in USA are trained and licensed people dealing in all types of real estate functions such as purchasing, selling and renting of the household units. Some US lawyers are also involved as real estate agents without attaining a license for some states in USA.

A direct deal between a buyer and seller does not require a license. In all other situations any real estate agent operating without a license is considered illegal. Real estate agents in USA indulge both in commercial as well as residential property deals. Owing to the professional services of the agents, the real estate market in USA is flourishing and attaining new horizons.
Here is a list of most popular real estate designations:

ACRE - Accredited Consultant in Real Estate

Accredited Consultant in Real Estate is the name or title that is offered by a private company which in turn is constituted by a group of Realtors. The concerned agents involved here download a course book, read it and participate in an on line exam. It provides guidelines to the agents, on how to use the consulting versus the sales approach in their day to day dealings.

ASR - Accredited Seller Representative

This particular course is formatted to improve a listed agent’s professionalism and provide greater erudition in the dimension of his service to the sellers. This is offered through Realty U Online. The agents have the provision to choose between online or in-class courses. Also the agents must pass the exams that are held.

AHWD - At Home With Diversity

Sponsored by the National Association of Realtors, AHWD aims at increasing an agent’s awareness and sensitivity to people across different cultures. Agents can choose between in-class attendance or an on line course. The certification can be used as a credit towards other designations such as CRS and the like.

CRE - Counselor of Real Estate

The Counselors of Real Estate offer membership in its organization through invitation. The eligibility criteria would include, an agent having at least 10 years of experience in the business with related counseling and is also recognized for his excellence.

SRES - Senior Real Estate Specialist

Sponsored by the National Association of Realtors, the SRES designation given to the agents who are over the age of 55 and work with buyers and sellers. Agents can be of any age. The coursework is offered as a two-day live class, online or a combination of the both. Passing the examination is compulsory.