For more information, contact Deb Hernandez.

Submission Deadline: December 4, 2018


Guidelines and Qualifications


Four awards are designed to recognize innovative  education programs that meet member needs and increase the quality of professionalism in the real estate field.


Individual programs may be entered in any or all of the following categories:

  • Legal

    Includes courses covering a broad range of topics such as contracts, breach of contract, financial obligations, broker responsibility, agency relationships, client obligations, disclosure, misrepresentation, laws, offer presentation and negotiation, MLS rules, fair housing rules, or other such topics.

  • Marketing

    Includes courses designed to help agents list, price, promote, advertise, and sell properties. Also includes strategies to gain seller and buyer clients, how to market to those clients or marketing retention strategies, building repeat business or a referral network, or entering new market segments. Can also discuss particular strategies such as farming, print, online, incorporating technology, etc.

  • Series or shorts

    Includes a short class devoted to a hot topic or an issue that members are struggling with, a series of classes focusing on different aspects of an issue or further in-depth exploration of the same problem. It could be your most popular class that is either always requested or an education staple. It can serve to give clients an overview of a new issue or market change or provide weekly or monthly tips to realtors.

    Examples for a series might include: staging, open house tips, and providing feedback to clients; or preliminary lender information and requirements, money needed for an offer, including down payment amount, and funds needed at closing, including tax escrows, etc.

  • Innovative

    Includes any course not in the above categories that helps agents achieve, excel, motivate, prosper, and ultimately better serve homebuyers and sellers. Did your association create a course based on member feedback, to respond to a specific need in the industry, or to help agents diversify their business? Do you have a new twist on an old trick, a new approach to a well-known problem, or a new delivery method or concept? Enter it here.


All Texas REALTORS® and associations may submit programs (seminars, workshops, training programs, orientations, etc.) for the Education Program of the Year; however, programs that have previously won this award are not eligible. NOTE: Only programs offered in the current year are eligible.

Previous Winners

Legal Category
Year Recipient(s) Program(s)
2017 MetroTex Association of REALTORS Contract Feud
2016 Houston Association of REALTORS Contracts and Compliance
2015 Austin Board of REALTORS Professional Standards for REALTORS
2014 MetroTex Association of REALTORS Contract Proficiency
2013 None
2012 None
2011 Houston Association of REALTORS Legally Speaking
2010 Austin Board of REALTORS Real Estate Reality: Leasing; Property Management; Beyond the Basics
2009 MetroTex Assoctiation of REALTORS Back-up, Contingent, and Multiple Offers
Marketing Category
Year Recipient(s) Program(s)
2017 Austin Board of REALTORS Social Media; Branding and Lead Generation
2016 Houston Association of REALTORS REALTOR Launch
2015 San Antonio Board of REALTORS Rookie to Pro
2014 MetroTex Association of REALTORS DFW New Home Specialist Certification
2013 MetroTex Association of REALTORS Building a Successful Real Estate Business
2012 Houston Assoction of REALTORS HAR Member Outreach: Bringing HAR Tools to You
2011 MetroTex Association of REALTORS Technology: Analysis or Paralysis
2010 MetroTex Association of REALTORS Prospecting 101, 102, and 103
2009 San Antonio Board of REALTORS Embracing Online Networking; Learning how Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are impacting your business
Series or Shorts Category
Year Recipient(s) Program(s)
Houston Association of REALTORS
Certified Strategic Marketing Specialist (CSMS)
MetroTex Association of REALTORS®
Collin County Association of REALTORS®
A Professional Series
A Professional Series
2015 Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS YPN Speaker Series
2014 Houston Association of REALTORS Meeting and Exceeding Consumer Expectations
2013 Houston Association of REALTORS HAR International
2012 MetroTex Association of REALTORS MetroTechies-Social Media Training
2011 Austin Board of REALTORS Technology 101, 102, and 103
2010 Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS Starbucks Sessions
2009 Houston Association of REALTORS Social Media Pro
Innovative Category
Year Recipient(s) Program(s)
Houston Association of REALTORS
Moving to Matrix
MetroTex Association of REALTORS
Austin Board of REALTORS and Bill Evans
San Antonio Board of REALTORS
Leadership Bootcamp
Agent and Consumer Advocacy
Hands on zipForm
2015 Williamson County Association of REALTORS Selling Real Estate in Williamson County
2014 Greater Denton Wise County Association of REALTORS Red Hot Real Estate: Should I Sell or Should I Wait?
2013 San Antonio Board of REALTORS Heroes Welcome Home
2012 MetroTex Assoction of REALTORS Texas Certified Leasing Specialist & Texas Certified Leasing and Property Manager
2011 San Antonio Board of REALTORS Safety (REALTOR Assault)
2010 Houston Association of REALTORS Htown Day
2009 Austin Board of REALTORS Online Learning Communities