Access tuition discounts, industry-leading tools, and a global network of commercial real estate pros as you earn the CCIM designation.
CCIM DESIGNATION REQUIREMENTS
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.
Individuals who are not seeking the CCIM designation but want access to some of the tools may choose an Associate or Academic membership.
EARNING THE CCIM DESIGNATION
Candidate members* need to complete the following requirements to earn the CCIM designation:
- CI 101: Financial Analysis for Commercial Investment Real Estate
This course is a prerequisite for CI 102-CI 104 and will provide you with a foundation of practical financial analysis skills you need to succeed in the following courses and in the field.
- CI 102: Market Analysis for Commercial Investment Real Estate
Analyze investment factors for each of four major property types: office, industrial, multifamily, and retail.
- Negotiations Training
Eight-hours of negotiations training is required before going on to CI 103 and CI 104. This requirement can be completed through the online Preparing to Negotiate course, the one-day classroom course Commercial Real Estate Negotiations, or the two-day classroom Advanced Negotiation Workshop.
- CI 103: User Decision Analysis for Commercial Investment Real Estate
Utilize market and financial analysis skills for user space decisions, and apply cost-of-occupancy models for ownership and leasing.
- CI 104: Investment Analysis for Commercial Investment Real Estate
Optimize investment returns and effectively forecast investment performance by quantifying real estate risk.
- Online Ethics Course
This free training covers the CCIM Code and Standards of Practice of the CCIM Institute.
- Elective Credits
Two elective credits must be earned before you take the Comprehensive Exam. These can be earned by completing non-designation courses, or for every 12 months of continuous membership.
- Portfolio of Qualifying Experience
This portfolio demonstrates your experience in commercial real estate. You are eligible to submit it any time after completing CI 101. Submissions are reviewed approximately two months prior to each Comprehensive Exam.
- Comprehensive Exam
Once the above requirements have been completed, you will sit for the Comprehensive Exam which is held twice a year in the U.S. or as-needed internationally.
*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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