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Do I use a forward slash or comma for my title and designations? I see both uses throughout my industry but which one is the correct usage, or could both be correct?

Broker/REALTOR®, CRS®, ABR®

Broker, REALTOR®, CRS®, ABR®

Thank you, EM

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According to REALTOR® Trademark usage FAQ:

The marks should not be used inadvertently and improperly to denote a vocation or business. A good rule to follow is if the term “Member” cannot logically be substituted for the term REALTOR®, then the term should not be used. Appropriate substitutions might include the phrases “real estate broker,” “real estate agent,” “real estate salesperson,” “property manager,” etc.

So, saying you are a REALTOR® is just a more qualified (or precise) way of saying you are a broker, therefore I believe that using the form with the comma would introduce ambiguity. Since a REALTOR® is a type of broker, you could always say "REALTOR® broker" as well, with no comma or slash. The comma would only be useful if it is used in a sentence where you are clarifying what kind of broker you are. Hope that helps.

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I agree with using the slash, but not for the reason you give. The registered trademarks in the OP indicate not "more qualified" or "precise", but having attained membeship in a recognized body. In practice, attaining these memberships requires passing tests, demonstrating expertise, and proving experience, but they are association memberships. In fact, a Realtor can be an agent OR a broker. And a non-Realtor can be a better agent or broker than someone who has that distinction. –  Cyberherbalist Mar 27 at 23:48
    
Just as a clarification, the "more qualified" was in reference to the way of saying it (ie, "a more qualified way of saying X"), not that the person themselves is more qualified. –  insaner Mar 28 at 3:38
    
Ah ha! Sorry, I was barking up the wrong tree, then! :-) –  Cyberherbalist Mar 28 at 16:02

Generally speaking when giving ones qualifications, you would separate them by commas.

For example, John Smith, M.D., Ph.D., M.A., B.M.O.C., etc.

Typically when two words are separated by a slash, it is the equivalent of saying or aloud. (Occasionally it is used for and/or, too.)

If you are a Broker or a REALTOR®, then use a slash. If you are a Broker and a REALTOR®, then use a comma.

A slash isn't technically wrong for and, but the use of the comma removes any ambiguity from the equation.

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