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Earth Advantage Broker

Formerly Sustainability Training for Accredited Real Estate Professionals (S.T.A.R.)

Earth Advantage Broker
Overview
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Become an Earth Advantage Broker and meet increasing consumer demand for healthy, durable and energy efficient homes.


The EA Broker (formerly S.T.A.R.) accreditation course provides real estate professionals with a competitive edge in communicating the benefits of green and high performance home features in their market. Participants will be able to identify which home features and building products provide greater energy, water, and resource efficiency and create a healthier living environment for their clients.

The two-day course provides an overview of different home certification programs and offers participants a hands-on exploration of green building techniques and products through home site visits. Brokers will also gain an understanding of the green home consumer market segments in order to prepare them to market and sell a green or high performance home.

Pass the accreditation exam to earn the Earth Advantage Broker designation! 
Earth Advantage provides marketing support in the form of logos, an online profile on the EA registry of professionals, and more to help EA Brokers display and promote their green credential to consumers and the marketplace. See Benefits below for more info. 

Learning Objectives

  • Translate green home products and features into consumer benefits
  • Communicate effectively about high performance building concepts and trends
  • Identify the differences between leading energy efficiency programs and third-party certifications 
  • Tailor your marketing message to consumers with varying green values and needs

Benefits

  • Distinguish yourself in the marketplace with the Earth Advantage Broker Accreditation and use of logo
  • Earth Advantage Broker Manual and Resource Guide
  • Personalized professional profile listing within the Find a Professional registry on Earth Advantage website
  • Membership to the Earth Advantage Broker network of over 1,900 brokers across 10 states
  • Two site visits to certified green homes (live course only)
  • Guest speaker presentation (live course only)
  • Discounts on future Earth Advantage courses and events
  • Access to premier quality, relevant education courses that are developed by Earth Advantage (an independent, 3rd party certifier of green homes)
  • Satisfies NAR's Green Designtation 'Green 100' course requirements

Find an Earth Advantage Broker

Looking for a qualified green broker that has earned our comprehensive EA Broker designation? Click here.

Partnerships & Licensing

Interested in delivering our green broker courses in your area? Click here.


Questions? Contact Heather Kendall at hkendall@earthadvantage.org or (503) 968-7160 x20


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Accreditation
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How to Become an Accredited Earth Advantage Broker

Complete the Live 2-Day or Online 8-Hour Course. Registration links can be found under "Course Availability" above. 

How to Maintain Your Accreditation

EA Brokers must meet the following continuing education requirements every 2 years in order to maintain their accreditation status:

  • Earn 4 CEs (in green real estate education)

Approved CE Courses

There are several opportunities to fulfill the CE requirements:

  1. CE Courses from Earth Advantage
  2. CE Courses from Other Providers
  3. Submit a course for approval
  4. EA Broker Live or Online Course
    If you became an EA Broker before 2011, please consider taking the updated course again as a refresher.
Interested in getting your course approved for Earth Advantage Broker CE credits?
Apply Now! or call 503.968.7160 x20
FAQs & Reviews
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FAQs


Is the course approved for continuing education units?

Yes.  The two-day, live course is approved for:
14 continuing education credits in WA
12 continuing education credits in OR, NV, VA
9 elective continuing education credits in AL

The online course is approved for:
8 continuing education credits in OR

How long is the live course?

Earth Advantage Broker is a two-day course. The course typically starts at 9:00 am and goes until 4:00 pm.

Are there any prerequisites or requirements?

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the Earth Advantage Broker accreditation course. However, participants seeking continuing education units or the Earth Advantage® Broker designation should be licensed real estate brokers or salespersons in Oregon or Washington. Certification requires full attendance and the successful completion of the online, open-book examination with a minimum passing grade of 80%. Students are allowed to retake the exam once to receive a passing grade

Who are the instructors? What are their qualifications?

Currently, Taylor Watkins is our Earth Advantage Broker Accreditation course instructor. Find out more about Taylor by reading his profile.

Are there site visits?

Yes, the course includes site visits of innovative certified homes, including Passive House, Net Zero, Living Building Challenge, LEED for Homes, Earth Advantage, and ENERGY STAR.  Generally, the course includes two site visits.

How do I take the accreditation test?

The online, certification exam is composed of 35 multiple choice questions. Upon (live and online) course completion, students will get access to our online testing site and will have two weeks from the completion of the course to attempt the exam. Successful completion of the exam, pass with a 80 percent or higher, you will earn the Earth Advantage Broker accreditation. Should you need to retake the exam, your course fee includes one retake of the certification exam.

Are there discounts or scholarships?

Group discounts and custom classes can be created on an individual basis; contact Earth Advantage Institute (EAI) for details. Currently, there are no scholarships available to offset the entire course cost

How long do I have to complete my CEs?

You must renew your accreditation every two (2) years.

How do I renew my Earth Advantage Broker accreditation?

  1. Register to take the Earth Advantage Broker accreditation exam. Once you pass the accreditation exam with a score of 80 percent or higher, you will receive an email confirmation that you passed.
  2. Submit all of the following to Earth Advantage:
    • Printed copy of the email confirmation you received when you passed the Earth Advantage accreditation exam.
    • Certificates of attendance verifying you completed the required 4 continuing education hours. See approved CE courses and providers for more information.

How do I become an approved provider of Earth Advantage Broker continued education?

If you would like your course to be approved for Earth Advantage Broker CE credits, you can Apply Now! or call 503.968.7160 x20 for details on our course approval process.

How long has Earth Advantage Broker been around?

In 2007, Earth Advantage created a real estate professional course (formerly titled Sustainability Training for Accredited Real Estate Professionals - S.T.A.R) focused on green homes in the wake of the Vancouver Valuation Summit. Since 2007, the course design and curriculum have grown and adapted to provide brokers with the most up-to-date education of green building trends and practices. Today, the Earth Advantage Broker program serves as a rigorous designation that provides real estate professionals with a competitive edge in communicating the benefits of green homes in their market.

Reviews

"I just completed an AMAZING training with Earth Advantage- WOW! This was one of the clearest, most practical, easiest to digest, and most fun certification courses ever! I will be able to apply the content directly to my work as a REALTOR.... Thank you Earth Advantage for a crystal clear view into home energy efficiency and the world of sustainable building. It was a pleasure!"
Tracey Lockwood, Green Lynx Realty (Roanoke, VA)

"The Earth Advantage Broker course was excellent! (and I am hard to please) The complex information was communicated clearly without over simplifying it. I came away hopeful that I can make a difference. I look forward to further educational opportunities with Earth Advantage." 
- Holly Burton, co-owner Urban Nest Realty (Portland, OR) 

"Truly the best and most beneficial class I have ever attended for Real Estate. I want to thank Earth Advantage and Carina for providing this great class that will be an invaluable resource in my business, and even more so in my personal life! The class instructor, Taylor, is a superb communicator and passionate about the principles of sustainability. Thank you for your investment into my business and life!"
Chris Bernard - Better Homes & Garden NW Living (Portland, OR)

"I have been in the business over 20 years and have taken many classes. This would rate on the top for long- lasting effect in my business and personal life. Since the class, my mind set has changed. I've told clients and agents this is the future. We all need to do our share. Thanks for the opportunity."
– Sherry Adcock | First Realty (Auburn, AL)

"Wonderful and pertinent class! The Earth Advantage Broker program is an indispensable tool for Realtors to professionally represent the new trends in building and design, and is invaluable in helping us to educate our clients on the durability, safety, and cost effectiveness of green products, practices, homes."
– Jenifer Jepson | The Hasson Company (Portland, OR)

"I would like to thank EarthAdvantage for the comprehensive look at the "world of home efficiency". This course gave an indepth look at each component that effects a home's makeup from conception to finish and considerations that a family would have to look into to make the appropriate decisions for their lifestyle and family. It also showed us the unique advantage in the marketing an energy efficient home that we have over others who have not taken the course. I would recommend that all Brokers and Realtors take this course and gain the EarthAdvantage!"
– Eugenic Lee | Your Realty Company (Montgomery, AL)

Course Fee
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Live Course
$245 for EA Builders ($100 OFF)
$295 General Admission - Special Offer thanks to Energy Trust of Oregon ($50 OFF - Regularly $345)
Online Course
$199 General Admission
Energy Trust of Oregon - Real Estate Ally Network
Attend EA Broker & become a Real Estate Ally!
Participants can enroll as Real Estate Allies during the 2-day EA Broker course, learn more here.
Already a Real Estate Ally?
You may be eligible for a reimbursement, please email existinghomesdevelopmentfund@energytrust.org to request pre-approval. 
Group Discounts
Group Size Discount Rates
3-5 brokers $50
6-11  $70
12 or more Contact hkendall@earthadvantage.org for rates
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