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What is a CCIM?

What is a CCIM?

A CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) is a recognized expert in the commercial and investment real estate industry. The CCIM lapel pin is earned after successfully completing a designation process that ensures CCIMs are proficient not only in theory, but also in practice. This elite corps of CCIMs includes brokers, leasing professionals, investment counselors, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, property managers, developers, institutional investors, commercial lenders, attorneys, bankers, and other allied professionals.

CCIM Members smile while posing for a photo.A CCIM is part of a global commercial real estate network with members across North America and more than 30 countries. This professional network has enabled CCIM members to close thousands of transactions annually, representing more than $200 billion in value. As a result, the experts who possess the CCIM designation are an invaluable resource for commercial real estate owners, investors, and users.

CCIMs have completed a designation curriculum that covers essential CCIM skill sets including ethics, interest-based negotiation, financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis, and investment analysis for commercial investment real estate. CCIMs have completed a portfolio demonstrating the depth of their commercial real estate experience. Finally, they have demonstrated their proficiency in the CCIM skill sets by successfully completing a comprehensive examination. Only then is a designation candidate awarded the coveted CCIM pin, joining the ranks of highly skilled commercial and investment real estate experts.

More than 13,000 commercial real estate professionals have earned the designation. Currently, 3,000 professionals are pursuing their CCIM designation.

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CCIM Institute

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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, Mailbridge; Social Media; Find a Professional Program


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; National Virtual Deal Making sessions; Convenient local chapters.

Other Outreach

CCIM Foundation; Cultural Diversity Education Program.

A CCIM Is...

  • Knowledgeable in theory and application.
  • Equipped with industry-leading technology.
  • Connected to a global membership network.
  • Ethical and committed to upholding the prestige of the CCIM designation.
  • Equipped with the latest news and information.
  • Dedicated to serving clients.
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Deal Makers

When looking for financing on behalf of a 1031 exchange buyer with a tight timeline, Federico Rochwerger, CCIM, of Keyes Commercial in Boca Raton, Fla., turned to his CCIM network. “I posted a Mailbridge message and received an email from Parker Briley, CCIM, within minutes,” Rochwerger says. Briley, of Willow Bend Commercial Capital in Dallas, brought a local lender to the table that provided the $1.7 million in financing needed to close the $2.5 million sale of the 9,451-sf Golden Corral in Richardson, Texas. The deal closed in only 29 days with a 7-year term at a 5 percent fixed rate and a 25-year amortization with 15 years remaining on the lease term. The loan-to-value ratio was 68 percent. “Parker brought the most aggressive and compatible lender to the table,” says Rochwerger. “This was a very complex transaction — something a CCIM would know how to handle.”