What Is a Certified Relocation Professional?
By Mark Woelfel, CRP, GMS, Senior Vice President, Global Client Services
The Certified Relocation Professional, or CRP® designation, is a highly-regarded, competency-based program for the talent mobility industry. It acknowledges that one has achieved extensive and useful knowledge in every aspect of U.S. domestic employee relocation. The CRP® designation is earned by taking the study course and exam, which is offered once-per-year, presented and administered by the industry trade association, Worldwide ERC®.
Just as people earning a Business Administration degree in college often go on to earn an MBA, professionals in many segments of the employee relocation industry often seek special certifications that attest to their expertise, knowledge, and experience gained over many years.
Since 1990 when Worldwide ERC® first launched the CRP® designation, the program has grown in recognition and the individuals who hold the designation are revered for having mastered a level of professionalism and knowledge held by only a few thousand. The CRP® designation has become a premiere “badge of accomplishment” that is recognized throughout many industries. Individuals from real estate, lending, insurance, relocation services, and transportation have all qualified for the sought-after CRP® designation. As certified relocation specialists, they dedicate themselves to the successful transfer of employees, and consistently seek to improve their knowledge of the relocation industry.
The CRP® exam measures an individual's knowledge on a range of issues: family relocation; tax and legal matters; corporate relocation policies; appraisal methods for real estate; real estate marketing – among others. Many companies relocating their employees demand nothing less than a certified relocation professional to administer the needs of their company and to return their transferees to full productivity as quickly as possible.
The CRP® certification requires dedicated study and wide experience in relocating employees across the nation. Furthermore, the designation requires re-certification every three years to maintain excellence and expertise. The certified relocation professional program aims to raise the professional standards of those involved in relocating employees and to encourage on-going professional development.
Why the CRP® Designation Is Important
PETE LARKIN, CRP, GMS-T
“The CRP® exam was a requirement by the relocation management company that hired me. That said it turned out to be the best step for my new career in relocation.
In May 2004, I remember feeling like a college freshman taking my first final exam – the anxiety to do well!
Hands down the CRP® designation is foundational knowledge in our industry. Once earning, you establish yourself as an industry professional dedicated to investing in a career-long pursuit of education and skill building.”
ANGELA TAN, CRP, GMS-T
“I earned my CRP® designation as soon as I was eligible. It was my first opportunity to earn a designation in relocation and I was eager to accomplish that milestone. I knew that my employer invested time and money in supporting my goal, and in retrospect, it was a major component in my transition from job to career in the relocation field.
To those who are tentative, I say this: 'Make it a priority. You will be glad you did.' And here's some incentive: The ROI for my time invested was at least tenfold!"
LAURA WILKINS, CRP, GMS
“At the time I had an amazing VP who thought that it was an extremely important step for all relocation counselors. Indeed, she was correct.
I earned my CRP in 2009. At my level as a rental/early-stage home sale counselor it was a big thing!
After attending weekly study sessions for months, we carpooled to Stanford, CT, Stayed in a hotel and studied some more. I can remember walking out of test and saying to myself “yes I did it”. At that point I told myself that I would never let my membership expire.”
A CRP® designation recognizes professionals involved in the field of corporate relocation and global mobility services. People with those credentials may work within a human resources department, a real estate sales organization, a moving and transportation firm, or a relocation services company. Candidates seeking to earn the CRP® designation must have a prerequisite one full year or more of experience in the relocation industry to qualify for the CRP® certification exam.
The Senior Certified Relocation Professional
For those who have earned their CRP® designation and wish to attain even higher levels of expertise, providing their professional service to Worldwide ERC® can lead to the Senior (SCRP®) level of recognition. Such individuals make significant contributions to the relocation and mobility industry by contributing their expertise and energies on Worldwide ERC® committees, panels, classes, online commentary and more.
HR teams and relocating employees rely on the expertise from their relocation management partners. Education and knowledge gained by those who have professional certifications and employers that invest in their staff upskilling is paramount. Click here to connect with a client service expert today.
About the author
Mark Woelfel, CRP, GMS
Senior Vice President, Global Business Services
As SVP, Global Client Services, Mark Woelfel brings a high level of customer service linked closely to technology solutions, rigorous compliance and a high-value supply chain. Charged with leading all of CapRelo's client engagements globally, Mark works with a broad and talented Client Services team to grow strong, strategic partnerships with both our clients and the mobility community.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management degree from Northeastern University as well as an associate degree in Finance. He is an active member of the Worldwide ERC® and holds GMS and CRP professional certifications.