Designation Requirements

The CCIM designation is the elite standard among commercial real estate professionals. To earn this commercial real estate certification, professionals must be a Candidate member of the CCIM Institute and complete the steps outlined below. Visit CCIM - Earning the Designation to learn more about the types of Candidate memberships and for full details on CCIM Designation requirements. 

Education Component

The education component of earning your CCIM designation is comprised of a four-course curriculum, an online ethics course, negotiation training, and elective courses from the Ward Center for Real Estate Studies. Your membership type will determine how many education requirements you’ll need to fullful.

Four-Course Curriculum:

CI 101 Financial Analysis - This course is a prerequisite for the other CI courses 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 - Analyze investment factors for each of the four major property types: office, industrial, multifamily, and retail.

CI 103 User Decision Analysis - Utilize market and financial analysis skills for user space decisions, and apply cost-of-occupancy models for ownership and leasing.

CI 104 Investment Analysis - Optimize investment returns and effectively forecast investment performance by quantifying real estate risk.

Online Ethics Course

This training covers the CCIM Code and Standards of Practice of the CCIM Institute.

Negotiations Training

Eight hours of training on the CCIM Interest-Based Negotiations Model.

Additional Requirements

Earn two elective credits


Portfolio of Qualifying Experience

To demonstrate their experience in commercial real estate, designation candidates must submit a portfolio of qualifying activities, transactions, projects, or work products. This portfolio can take one of three forms, depending on your level of experience and the type of work that will be included.

Transactional portfolios must meet minimum volume requirements:

  • Three (3) or more qualifying activities totaling $30 million or more; or

  • Exactly ten (10) qualifying activities totaling $10 million or more; or

  • Twenty (20) qualifying activities with no dollar volume requirement.


Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Exam is a full-day exam testing your mastery of the concepts introduced in the core CCIM courses. It’s preceded by the two-day Course Concepts Review, allowing designation candidates the opportunity to review the key topics that will be covered on the exam.

For more information, please contact the Education Chair.