How To Become A CCIM

Access tuition discounts, industry-leading tools, and a global network of commercial real estate pros as you earn the CCIM designation.



Institute Members, also called candidates, are pursuing the CCIM designation through one of the three types of membership below.

  • Candidate Membership – This membership type is appropriate for most commercial real estate practitioners who are pursuing the CCIM designation. It requires no additional designations or advanced degrees.
  • Fast Track – This membership is available to individuals who hold other eligible commercial real estate designations. Fast Track members are exempt from some of the CCIM designation requirements.
  • University Fast Track – Individuals with eligible master’s degrees from allied universities are invited to apply for this membership. University Fast Track members are exempt from some of the CCIM designation requirements. The following universities offer credit on the Fast Track program:

Individuals who are not seeking the CCIM designation but want access to some of the tools may choose an Associate or Academic membership.

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Candidate members* need to complete the following requirements to earn the CCIM designation:

Analyze investment factors for each of four major property types: office, industrial, multifamily, and retail.

*International members are exempt from the negotiations, Online Ethics Course, and elective credits requirements. International members are required to complete the two-day Course Concepts Review (CCR) in conjunction with a Comprehensive Exam.

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