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ARP and RRP Designations

The Associate Resort Professional (ARP) and Registered Resort Professional (RRP) are the premier designations for the vacation ownership industry. Demonstrate your knowledge and experience, as well as commitment to the industry and the ARDA Code of Standards & Ethics, by attaining one of these designations. Add this goal to your professional development plan and wow your boss during your next performance review. Use ARDA meetings and events to earn credits, learn, and network at the same time!

 Congratulations to our current ARPs and RRPs!    

Both ARP and RRP applicants are required to be an ARDA Advantage, Trustee, or Chairman’s League member in good standing and must have successfully completed the AIF Qualification Test. ARPs should have a minimum of 2 years of industry experience and 6 credits, while RRPs need at least 5 years of experience and 10 credits. 

Tracking credits: 
Now you can track your credits as you earn them! Visit the AIF Learning Center to create your personal record and submit your application online. ARDA does not track individual credits, but for assistance contact the AIF Development and Outreach Manager

To first get a better understanding of the process, use the old printed application form as a reference; current ARPs should use this application.

Ways to earn credits: 

  • Attending the ARDA Convention, Fall Conference, regional meetings, or other pre-approved seminar or meeting
  • Participating in an AIF Webinar  
  • Earning another designation or license such as CTS, real estate, CAM, etc.
  • Receiving an ARDY award
  • Working in the industry for more than 2 years
  • Participating on an ARDA committee
  • Earning or having earned an educational degree from an institution of higher education
  • Publishing an article in Developments magazine or other trade publication
  • Serving as an ARDA Ambassador
  • Maintaining an ARDA Advantage membership
  • Attending industry related workshops or gaining other relative certifications (please note credits for non-ARDA programs must be pre-approved by the AIF)

Applications are reviewed four times a year by the Accreditation Board, and deadlines are March 1st, June 1st, September 1st, and December 1st. Accepted applicants will be notified via e-mail and will receive a certificate of achievement and lapel pin, and they will be listed on the ARDA Web site and featured in Developments magazine.

Maintaining a designation:
To maintain the designation, a current ARDA membership is required, as well as one of the following each year:

  • Participation on an ARDA committee
  • Attendance at an ARDA meeting or other ARDA-accredited meeting
  • Attendance at a session in the AIF Webinar series or completion of an AIF eLearning course
  • Publishing an article in Developments magazine


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