The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)
course curriculum is the educational foundation of the
CIPS Network. It distinguishes CIPS designees as
individuals who have both hands-on experience in
international real estate transactions, as well as
successfully completed an intensive seven-day program
of study focusing on critical aspects of transnational
transactions, including currency and exchange rate
issues and cross-cultural relationships, regional
market conditions, investment performance, tax issues
and more. A more detailed description of the five
courses is provided below.
U.S. REALTORS® must complete the two-day
"International Essentials of International Real Estate"
before joining the CIPS Network. Non-U.S. practitoners
are also encouraged to take this course, but it is not
currently a requirement. Whether or not a practitioner
intends to work toward the CIPS designation, this
course is ideal for anyone who may encounter
opportunities in their local market to assist in an
international transaction, e.g., assisting an
immigrant or foreign investor, or helping a US
resident purchase property abroad.