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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

Education

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; CCIM Green; Social Media; Find a Professional Program

Events

CCIM Conference; Chapter Hosted Education; Seminars; Webinars.

International

International certification program presence in over 30 countries.

University Outreach

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

Networking

Face-to-Face Networking Events; National Virtual Deal Making sessions; Convenient local chapters.

Other Outreach

CCIM Foundation; Cultural Diversity Education Program.

Deal Makers

After sending a “have” message on CCIM Mailbridge for a 478-unit Budget Storage property in Cabot, Ark., Rollin Caristianos, CCIM, of Trademark Real Estate in Hot Springs, Ark., received a response from Todd Rice, CCIM, of Colliers International in Little Rock, Ark. Despite the complexities of the transaction, the CCIM team was able to close the deal within 90 days. “Rollin’s experience as a fellow CCIM was critical in understanding how to dissect this complex property,” says Rice who represented the buyer, Mini Storage Service Co. LLC in the $2.7 million deal. Caristianos represented the buyer Robert Brooks Properties LLC and credits Mailbridge and cash flow analysis models in helping make this transaction a success. “As a fellow CCIM, Todd understood all the cash flows, rents, and details necessary to close the deal,” Caristianos says.