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About CCIM

About CCIM

The CCIM Institute was established in 1954 to give commercial real estate practitioners a previously unrealized opportunity to further their business practices through focused education and networking opportunities. 

Today, with the addition of advanced technology tools, CCIM is the global leader in commercial and investment real estate education and services. And the coveted CCIM designation, recognized as a hallmark of professional competency, affords members an undisputed competitive advantage.

Belonging to CCIM means being part of an ethical and knowledgeable network that fosters lasting relationships based on mutual respect. Our membership represents diversity in culture, gender, and age from all disciplines in the commercial real estate industry.

Leadership and Governance

The CCIM Institute is administered by CCIM designees who volunteer their time and expertise. These commercial real estate professionals work in conjunction with CCIM's team of association professionals to carry out the Institute's mission. Our official name is The CCIM Institute of the National Association of REALTORS®. We are a 501(c)(6) trade association.

Get Involved

Members have many opportunities to expand their networks by volunteering at a local or national level. Active applications will be updated in this section throughout the year. Criteria for Leadership Positions.

Jay W. Levine Leadership Development Academy

Named after the Institute's first president, the Jay W. Levine Leadership Development Academy is a selective, members-only program that trains future leaders for top volunteer positions within the CCIM organization. [Read More and Apply]

CCIM Officer and Committee Position Descriptions

The CCIM Institute is led by a group of dedicated CCIM volunteers. They hold leadership positions and serve on committees and advisory boards that help to define and direct CCIM's strategic goals. Learn about the governance structure and the roles and responsibilities of the various positions. [Read More]

The Institute's Strategic Plan

This three-page document explains who we are, what our goals are, and where we're going. It includes our values, mission, and vision. [Read More (PDF, 161Kb)]

The Institute's Current Annual Report (2009)

The annual report reviews CCIM's activities and accomplishments during the past year and includes a letter from the president. Archived annual reports are also available. [Read More]


These are the rules used to govern the CCIM Institute. [Read More (PDF, 142K)]

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CCIM Institute

430 North Michigan Avenue,
Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60611

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Our Programs


Continuing and Corporate Education; Ward Center for Real Estate Studies; Tuition and Scholarship.

News and Information

CIRE Magazine Features; Articles; CCIM Quarterly Market Trends; Site To Do Business; Public Policy.

Technology Tools

STDB Online; DealShare; CCIM Green; Social Media; Find a Professional Program; and more


CCIM Conference; Chapter Hosted Education; Seminars; Webinars.


International certification program presence in over 30 countries.

University Outreach

Discounts, benefits and accelerated certification path for students and faculty at partner schools.


Face-to-Face Networking Events; Convenient local chapters.

Other Outreach

CCIM Foundation; Cultural Diversity Education Program.