Educational Opportunities

V These resources may meet the Core Standards' Vote requirement.
A These resources may meet the Core Standards' Act requirement.
I These resources may meet the Core Standards' Invest requirement.
* These RPAC programs are subject to state election laws.
Through a series of webinars culminating in an in-person course, AEs and GADs will have a deeper understanding of how to access and use NAR’s Campaign Services resources to create multi-phased plans for their association’s issues and candidate campaigns. Attendees will also discover how they can accomplish association minimum Core Standards requirements through initiating campaign efforts.
  • Part 1 Webinars: A webinar series will cover the basics of issue and candidate campaign programs, including but not limited to mail, phone, online, and email tactics and legal ramifications. Webinars are mandatory for those attending the in-person training and optional for any staff or member seeking additional information on a specific topic.
  • Part 2 In-Person Training: An intensive, hands-on two-day training, NAR staff and professional campaign consultants will help attendees create multi-phased plans for issues and candidate campaigns. Pre-registration is required.
This three-hour training session provides best practices for RPAC Trustees, Government Affairs Committees or other member-leaders who are tasked with making decisions regarding making contributions to candidates at their state or local associations. The training provides hands-on assistance, from NAR trainers or trained GADs in your region. Time-tested sample documents provide associations the needed guidance to identify and support political candidates who are best qualified to represent the issues important to REALTORS®.
Collaborate with NAR’s professional campaign staff and consultants to help groom your REALTOR® Champions to be viable and successful candidates for public office. This training class walks a potential candidate step-by-step through the process, from making the decision to run and fundraising to Get-Out-The-Vote efforts on Election Day.
State and local associations are invited to schedule one-on-one virtual sessions with Community Outreach Staff to brainstorm ways to address affordable housing challenges, community planning and development issues, revitalization opportunities and fair housing education using a Housing Opportunity, Fair Housing, Smart Growth, Placemaking and/or Rural Outreach grant. Overview of critical steps to success for developing grant ideas and writing a compelling application provided.
Access a variety of Community Outreach webinars showcasing local and state association successful use of grants and services to meet their community development related advocacy and community engagement objectives.
This intense and interactive training program would be required for all new FPCs. All FPCs moving forward will be expected to participate in this program when they onboard in a new Congressional Cycle.
The Government Affairs Directors (GAD) Institute is an annual professional development conference for state and local real estate association professionals who provide guidance to and work for associations in the areas of government affairs; political, legislative or regulatory affairs; communications; lobbying, advocacy, RPAC fundraising, campaigns, community outreach and all other REALTOR® Party initiatives. The Institute is an opportunity for these industry professionals to meet, exchange ideas and best practices, and gain valuable career skills and networking opportunities in order to provide the best value and information to their association and the real estate industry.
This three-hour session for state association leaders and staff helps develop and articulate a business case for inclusion and diversity, define what diversity means in your community and move your association along its path to inclusion of diversity in your leadership. Workshop participants weigh the benefits of working with local chapters of multicultural real estate organizations and develop action plans that form the basis for a Diversity Initiative Grant. NAR will also work with State Association staff to help prepare the State Association to conduct this workshop for local associations in their state.
Designed for REALTORS® or REALTOR® association staff members interested in running for public office or just curious about learning more about campaigns. This free interactive four-hour course includes quizzes, exercises, and videos from REALTORS® who have run for and been elected to local office. The training is divided into nine modules that can be completed at your own pace.
Newly hired Association Executives (AEs) and GADs are invited to attend a day-and- a-half orientation, offering opportunities to explore the REALTOR® organization’s community, political and advocacy agendas at all three levels of government. Attendees will be introduced to the array of REALTOR® Party tools, services and programs that can assist them in achieving their own association’s community goals and advocacy efforts, as well as meet their minimum Core Standards. Interactive exercises will send attendees on their way with a roadmap for advocacy success. This training is offered twice a year in Washington, D.C. Please check the website for training details and qualifications.
The REALTOR® Party New Member Orientation supplements the existing NAR Orientation Toolkit for associations, while solely focusing on educating your members on the value of advocacy. Materials, including a PowerPoint presentation, talking points for Instructors, and embedded videos, are designed to introduce new members to the REALTOR® Party; explain the importance of REALTOR® advocacy; and increase the likelihood of their involvement in Calls for Action, voting for issues important to real estate and using those activities to achieve association core standards requirements.
Participate in webinars designed to help state and local staff as well as REALTOR® volunteers acquire practical RPAC fundraising skills. The webinars are often hosted by NAR staff and allow opportunities to get all of your RPAC questions answered.
Offer and sponsor this four-hour course that teaches REALTORS® state-of-the-art community planning concepts, the value of smart growth neighborhoods to homebuyers and their communities and how REALTORS® can help make smart growth happen.