Certified International Property Specialist | Chicago Association of REALTORS®


Course Description

The CIPS designation is for REALTORS® from the United States and abroad, as well as association staff and volunteer leaders who wish to develop or grow their international real estate business. It will provide you with the knowledge, research, network and tools to globalize your business.

This course offers you hands-on experience with international real estate transactions, as well as five full days of study focusing on the critical aspects of transnational transactions, including:

  • Currency and exchange rate issues
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Regional market conditions
  • Investment performance
  • Tax issues
  • And more!

Want to learn how the CIPS Designation can help you market yourself to the world? Read about it here.


Audit Pricing

  • $65 Member | $75 Non-member

Upcoming Courses

Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
No CE Credit
Instructor: Maurice Hampton

Tuition (All 5 Days): $625 Members | $725 Non-Member

5-Day Institute TBD  Webinar
Online Course: CIPS Core


Tuition (Single Day): $145 Member | $170 Non-Member

CIPS Global RE: Local Markets TBD  Webinar
CIPS Global RE: Transaction Tools TBD  Webinar
CIPS: Europe & International TBD  Webinar
CIPS: Asia/Pacific TBD  Webinar
CIPS: Americas & International TBD  Webinar
Online Course: CIPS Electives

Pricing is per course. In order to audit this course, you must be a current member in good standing with the National Association of REALTORS®. You must have already received the designation or certification to be eligible.

Audit registration may not be completed online. To audit a course, please complete the registration form.


To be eligible for the CIPS Designation, you must complete 5 courses outlined below. All courses must be completed within 3 years of completing the core courses to earn your designation.

Upon completion of the courses, fill out and submit the U.S. CIPS application. 

The Courses

Global Real Estate: Local Markets [Core Course]
This introductory course offers you an overview of the international real estate business environment, including capital flow, currencies, government regulations and cultures. Topics such as international brokerage, networking, marketing, and selling will also be discussed.

You must take this course before taking any other CIPS courses. Upon completion of this course, you will receive elective credit towards the ABR and CRS designation (applies to U.S. members only).

Global Real Estate: Transaction Tools [Core Course]
This course examines how customary real estate practices need to be modified when working with international clients or properties.  Students learn how to research markets, convert metric measures, monitor currency trends, alert clients to tax and visa matters, and provide guidance and market knowledge to help clients make decisions.

Asia/Pacific and International Real Estate
This course addresses real estate practices in Asia and the Pacific with emphasis on cultural influences, economic trends and assessment of investment opportunities. An extra chapter on working with the Japanese is also included.

Europe and International Real Estate
This course provides you with insight in regards to working with clients in Western and Central Europe. Topics include: the European Union and its impact on international real estate, economic and real estate trends, networking and relationship building, and marketing and selling practices.

The Americas and International Real Estate
This course offers you practical information on working with Caribbean, North, Central, and South American investors. Historical and cultural influences, regional relationship, and investment opportunities are covered along with a special focus on Mexico.

Additional Costs:

  • Application fee: $75
  • Annual CIPS membership renewal fee: $220