The Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Exam is the very last step to earning the CCIM designation. Candidate members who have completed all educational, portfolio, and elective credit requirements are eligible to take the Comprehensive Exam. 

Held twice a year in the U.S. and as-needed internationally, the Comprehensive Exam tests members' knowledge of CI 101-104 concepts. Students also have the option to attend the Course Concepts Review (CCR) immediately prior to the exam. This two-day immersive review is especially helpful for individuals who completed the courses over a period of several years.

Register for the Comprehensive Exam (PDF)

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Exam Cost: $325 | CCR Cost: $760


Common Questions about the Comprehensive Exam

Can I take the Comprehensive Exam online?
No. The Comprehensive Exam must be taken in-person at one of the scheduled locations.

Do I have to take the Course Concepts Review?
No, but the majority of test-takers do attend. It's a great review of the material you will find in the exam, and it fulfills a full elective credit in the event that you still need one.

Is the exam open book?
Yes. Students may use digital or printed CCIM textbooks and materials during the exam. Internet use is prohibited.

Can I take the Comprehensive Exam prior to submitting my portfolio?
No. An approved Portfolio of Qualifying Experience is required to sit for the Comprehensive Exam.

How long are the CCR and Comprehensive Exam?
The CCR lasts two days, from 8:30am to 5pm both days. Check-in typically begins at 7:30am You will be provided with an agenda with time and location details.

The Comprehensive Exam lasts one day, from 8am to 2pm Check-in typically begins at 7am, and exam instructions are given at 7:45am. You will be provided with an agenda that includes detail about exam time and location.

How will I know if I passed?
Your exam grade will be posted in My Course History in My Account at 5pm on the day of the exam. A grade of 70% or better is passing, and you can attend the Pinning Ceremony that evening.

What happens if I fail the exam?
Students who don't pass are given the opportunity to take the exam again at no cost the next morning. Those individuals will have the opportunity to meet with instructors the evening prior to go over concepts that might need more review. Details about this are available in your registration confirmation.

A candidate may also retake the exam at a reduced cost at another nationally scheduled session. Candidates have up to four retake attempts.

Still have questions? Email designation@ccim.com