How To Become A Certified Transaction Coordinator

How Do I Become A Certified Transaction Coordinator?

If your state requires you to have a certification prior to working as a real estate transaction coordinator, you’ll need to obtain the certification from a source that’s recognized by your state real estate commission. There is currently only one state that mandates certification to act as a TC and that’s California.

Do I Need To Be Certified To Work As A Transaction Coordintor?

In every state we’ve reviewed, the answer is no. You do not need to have or maintain a certification to work as a Transaction Coordinator unless you’re working with licensed agents from California.

It definitely helps if you have real estate experience and a good online course can give you an edge as long as the course focuses on the mechanics of how to work as a TC - review the curriculum carefully.

I Saw A List Of TC Certifications, What About Those?

When we were researching for this article we ran across other blog posts and websites that listed TC certifications too, but when we went looking for those certifications, they either didn’t exist any longer or they never existed at all.

Resumecat’s list of Transaction Coordinator Certifications

Resumecat lists eleven (11) different Transaction Coordinator Certification Courses. We were only able to verify one course that still existed - that course was for Certified Transaction Coordinator (CTC)[California](Certified Transaction Coordinator (CTC)).

Let us save you some energy, here are the associations and certifications she listed and what we were able to find out about each.

1. Certified Transaction Coordinator (CTC)

This is the California TC certification for individuals wanting to work as a TC in California. It’s offered on CAR’s (California Association of Realtor) official store and is only available through there.

2. Certified Real Estate Transaction Coordinator (CRTC)

Offered by RENI (Real Estate Negotiation Institute), this organization doesn’t appear to exist any longer as the website listed on their Linkedin page leads to a website that no longer exists.

3. Certified Real Estate Closing Professional (CRCP)

Offered by ALTA (American Land Title Association), this organization is still very much in existence, however, we were not able to locate the mentioned certification in ALTA’s course catalog.

4. National Association of Realtors Transaction Coordinator Certification (NAR-TCC)

NAR (National Association of Realtors), still in existence and they offer a vast number of certifications and training courses and certifications (31 certifications at the time of this article). We were not able to find any mention of a Transaction Coordinator Certification (TCC), though from experience we do know that NAR occasionally changes its certification classes and offerings, so while there’s not a TCC cert today, it’s worth checking in with them periodically.

5. Certified Residential Real Estate Transaction Coordinator (CRRETC)

Also supposedly offered by NAR (National Association of Realtors), but again, we were unable to find any mention of the course on NAR’s website or by doing focused Google searches.

6. Certified Home Closing Professional (CHCP)

Another NAR (National Association of Realtors) course that we were unable to locate information on.

7. American Escrow Association Certified Transaction Coordinator (AEACTCC)

AEA (American Escrow Association) still exists and it offers two certifications, neither of them is a Transaction Coordinator Certification though.

8. National Notary Association Certified Transaction Coordinator (NNACTCC)

The National Notary Association is still in existence, however, we were not able to find anything related to Transaction Coordinator Certifications on their site or in their training catalog.

9. International Association of Professional Transaction Coordinators Certification (IAPTC-TCC)

Not only could we not find this organization, we couldn’t even find a trace of it ever having existed. All searches we made trying to find this association lead us back to Resumecat’s blog post.

10. Institute of Real Estate Management’s Certified Transaction Coordinator Program (IREM-CTC)

IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) still exists. Their certification page lists only three certifications: CPM – Certified Property Manager, ARM – Accredited Residential Manager, and ACoM – Accredited Commercial Manager. No mention could be found of anything even remotely resembling a TC Certification course.

11. National Homebuyers Alliance Certified Transaction Coordinator Program (NHACTCP)

NHBA (National Homebuyers Alliance) exists, but it appears to be focused exclusively on helping home buyers purchase a home. In fact, NHBA’s Facebook page lists them as a Credit Counseling Service. No mention of a Transaction Coordinator Program.

Real Estate Transaction Coordinators Association

Near the bottom of Resumecat’s article, in the FAQs About Transaction Coordinator Certifications, there is mention of Real Estate Transaction Coordinators Association (RETCA) that purportedly certifies TC’s, but again, we were unable to locate even a mention of this association on the internet. Our search kept returning us to Resumecat’s blog post.

Conclusions about Resumecat’s list of TC Certifications

We were only able to turn up a single certification being offered, it was specific to TCs working with CAR agents. The rest of the article was suspect as none of the organizations mentioned (if the org even existed) had a cert that was related to Transaction Coordination.

There is so much information on the internet and so many people trying to get into the field of Transaction Coordination, we felt that doing the research for you to help uncover some of the misinformation would be beneficial.

Certification or Certified?

There are a great number of TC Training Classes out there, some even state they offer certification, but we have been unable to find a single TC Course that is recognized by a state agency or a Realtor’s Association to meet a minimum required standard to work as a TC. Many courses offer a certificate, but none appear to offer a recognized certification - a subtle, but important distinction.

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Ok, Where Do I Get Transaction Coordinator Training?

There are a great number of courses available on the internet, and if you have the financial resources, we suggest taking multiple courses as no course covers every single facet of being a TC, and after you’ve taken a few courses, we suggest reaching out to a local TC company and seeking a position.

⚠️ A Word Of Advice The curriculum in a high number of TC courses we reviewed was primarily focused on time management and organization rather than how to function as a Transaction Coordinator. Pay close attention to the listed cirriculum.

FAQs About Transaction Coordinator Certifications

1. If I don’t need to be certified, how do I become a Real Estate Transaction Coordinator?

First, it helps if you have some real estate experience as a licensed real estate agent or working at a title company. Second, we recommend taking a few different training classes (check the curriculum to make sure they teach how to be a TC and not just time management techniques). Once you’ve taken a few different courses, talk to some local TC companies about joining their team and they’ll usually train you on their processes, help you through your first few transactions, and depending on the company they may also handle billing, onboarding new agents, collections, marketing, and lead generation for you as well.

2. What is a typical workday like for a Real Estate Transaction Coordinator?

Even though many agents work weekends, being a TC is a “9-to-5” job. Your workday will usually follow a fairly predictable pattern, and if you’re organized and efficient, you’ll find you’re able to handle a fairly large number of simultaneous transactions.

Typically, mornings will be spent entering new contracts, sending out welcome emails, and following up on any correspondence that came in after close of business the day before. Mid-day activities usually involve answering emails, making calls, scheduling closings / appraisals / inspections / photographers, doing MLS data entry, and answering client questions. Late-day activities should be spent doing anything you need to do to be prepared for the following morning or handling any last-minute fires.

3. What skills do I need to become a Real Estate Transaction Coordinator?

The most sought after skills of a TC are high attention to detail, excellent time management, and impeccable organization skills. Everything in real estate is time-sensitive, so a string sense of urgency is also needed. If you’re able to multi-task, deal with stressful situations, and meet deadlines, you should be just fine working as a TC.

Al Bunch
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Al Bunch

In real estate, as in life, integrity and transparency are the cornerstones of trust.

I’m Al Bunch, a managing broker passionate about making real estate transactions as smooth and successful as possible. My journey into real estate began with an infomercial in my early twenties and buying my first home in 2003. This sparked a transition from wholesaling to a commitment to ethical real estate practice. Drawing on my IT background, I focus on integrity and transparency, striving to serve rather than just sell. I guide my clients every step of the way, ensuring that your journey in the property market is handled with expertise and genuine care.