Retirement Living Certifications

Nowadays it seems everyone in the workplace has a letter or two after their name and title. Many times I have looked at someone's business card and thought, I wonder what those letters stand for after their name? Is it part of their college degree? Is it a necessity for their profession? Should I know what it means? Below is a guide to knowing and recognizing these important senior living designations as you navigate the world of senior living.

NASMM

NASMM website
Ever seen this designation and wondered what it stood for? It's specifically, National Association of Senior Movers.
NASSM members dedicate their focus and specialize in helping older adults and their families with downsizing and moving to a new residence.
NASSM members are experienced professionals, bound by a pledge of integrity, committed to safety and ethics, and dedicated to continuing professional development...
NASMM members will move you with compassion and affordable. The are experts working with this growing population.


SRES

SRES website
Baby boomer represent a significant part of the real estate buying population; as such, a Seniors Real Estate Specialist® is well versed and knowledgeable in meeting their specific needs and that can make all the difference in the world.
We would use a specialist for any medical needs we may encounter, so why not in our housing and equity needs as well? Consider these things that an SRES® brings:

  • A customized approach to your situation, working to fit your living situation in with your overall life plan
  • Expertise and patience throughout the transaction
  • An awareness of options and a network of solid, reliable referrals to help you in the process
  • Many ways to reduce out of pocket expenses, gain cash, or create or defer income streams to either stay independent or obtain financial assistance

The service SRES® designs provide is to guide the 50+ home buyer and seller through a professionally sound, successful real estate transaction. SRES® designers are able to provide this expert service by utilizing the invaluable knowledge acquired during the SRES® course and experience gained while actively participating in the real estate market. Our SRES® designers strive to become the prudent real estate professional


CSHP

CSHP website
Certified Senior Housing Professionals (CSHPs) are specialists who know that in order to best serve the distinct late-in-life transition needs of senior adults, they need to surround themselves with a resource team of trusted professionals.
Among the most respected REALTORS® in their individual markets, CSHPs have completed extensive prerequisite coursework and the in-depth review necessary to achieve the Certified Senior Housing Professional designation.
As such, they are far more equipped than general real estate agents and are committed to serving as professional partners throughout the entire consultative surrounding a late-in-life move.


CSA

CSA website
What makes the CSA certification significant when working with senior population?
CSAs understand how to build effective relationships with seniors because they have a broad-based knowledge of the health, social and financial issues that are important to seniors, and the dynamics of how these factors work together in seniors’ lives.
In the financial services field alone, you could earn at least 70 different credentials. The health and social work fields have a similar array of credentials, as do other professions. These credentials teach professionals aboutproducts and professions. The CSA credential focuses exclusively onpeople. So, it’s not a question of whether to become a CFP or a CSA. It’s a question ofand.
Professionals who choose the CSA Course and Exam option learn what's important to seniors and how – always – to keep their interests first. Whatever your speciality, you already know your business. In the CSA Course, we teach you about the people you want to do business with. The result is successful professionals and satisfied seniors.


CRTS

CRTS website
Moving can be stressful. Allow the CRTS certified individual to help you. The Senior Move Certified™ Program is a joint project between Movers' Associations and CRTS® Certification. These entities are dedicated to upholding professional standards for service providers who focus on the senior markets. Anyone can market their services to seniors, but it takes true commitment to serve the client well.
The Senior Move Certified™ Program is designed to:

  • Improve and then test your level of understanding and competency when serving seniors in cooperation with your existing professional organization(s).
  • Recognize providers who support their older clients and families with expanded or dedicated services.

Provide secure and qualified resources to the older segment of the population and their families. You are eligible for a free basic listing onwww.MoveSeniors.comonce you are SMC certified.


NAELA

NAELA website
These are attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. NAELA is their professional organization.
The NAELA membership is comprised of attorneys in the private and public sectors who deal with legal issues affecting seniors and people with disabilities. Members also include judges, professors of law, and students.
These are the folks to turn to if you are 55+ and or meet this criteria.