Education Policies and Program Guidance

Get familiar with CCIM Institute education policies before you register for a course so you are aware of exam completion time lines, cancellation procedures, and more.


Tuition Discounts for Members

To be eligible for Institute membership tuition discounts, students must be current on membership dues or be paying for their membership at the time of registration. Tuition discounts will not be provided retroactively to students who join as an Institute member after registering for their course. Members current on dues are eligible for tuition discounts on eligible courses.


Course Reference Manuals

Students who enroll in classroom education will receive a hard copy of the course's manual on the first day of class. Students in online courses will receive a instructions on how to download a digital version of the course manual before the course begins. For a $95 fee, students may purchase the hard copy of a manual for a course in which they are enrolled.

To order a book, students can email courseinfo@ccim.com with the course title and their customer ID number.

CCIM courses are continually revised and updated to reflect changes and new developments in commercial real estate. As a member benefit, current members may download updated course manuals and supplemental materials for CI 101-104. Institute candidate members only have access to material for courses they've successfully completed.


Course Examinations

Exam Grades

To receive course credit, students are required to pass the exam by earning a score or 70% or higher. All exams are administered online. Within 24 hours, the student's grade is posted and his/her record and course completion certificates are available for download under My Resources in My Account.

Course Exam Deadlines

  • Classroom Courses: Exams open at 8 a.m. Central time the day after the course ends and closes at 8 a.m. Central time seven (7) days later.
    Example: The exam for a course course that ends on Thursday will open at 8 a.m. Central time Friday. That exam will close at 8 a.m. Central time the following Friday.
  • Online Instructor-Led and Blended Courses: Exams open immediately after the course ends and closes at that same time seven (7) days later.
    Example: The exam for a course course that ends on Thursday at 9 p.m. Central time will open immediately at 9 p.m. Central time . That exam will close at 9 p.m. Central time the following Thursday.
  • Online Self-Paced Courses: Exams are available immediately after the completion of all course modules fro CI 101-104 and Foundations for Success in Commercial Real Estate. Regardless of when all modules are completed, self-paced course exams remain open until the course period ends. See Registration Time Frames: Self-Paced Courses.
    Example: A student in a Jan. 1 - June 30 self-paced course can complete the exam any time on or before 11:59 p.m. Central time on June 30.

Registration Time Frames

CCIM courses fill up quickly, so students are encouraged to submit course registrations as soon as possible. Registrations for regular course offerings should be received at least two weeks in advance of the course. Course confirmations will be sent to all registered students prior to the course start date.

Self-Paced Courses

Online self-paced core courses (CI 101-104) and Foundations for Success for Commercial Real Estate are available in six-month time frames:

  • Jan. 1, 8:30 a.m. Central time-June 30, 11:59 p.m. Central time
  • June 30, 8:30 a.m. Central time-December 31, 11:59 p.m. Central time

Students who register for a self-paced offering must complete coursework and the exam by the end date of the session period regardless of the start date of registration.


Course and Exam Retakes

Students may retake a full course or just a course exam.

Course Retakes

Course retakes allows students to attend a course they've already taken in any format and get an attempt at the course exam.

  • CI 101 course retake: $150
  • CI 102 course retake: $580
  • CI 103 course retake: $580
  • CI 104 course retake: $580

Exam Retakes

Students who want to re-attempt the course exam without attending the course again can just register for an exam retake.

  • Foundations for Success in Commercial Real Estate exam retake: $75
  • CI 101 exam retake: $150
  • CI 102 exam retake: $150
  • CI 103 exam retake: $150
  • CI 104 exam retake: $150

In the event a students do not pass the course exam on their third attempt, they must retake the course prior to attempting the exam again.

Life After the Pint Benefit for Designees

CCIM designees may retake one core course (CI 101-104) per year at the rate of $370 as part of their Life After the Pin benefit. Designees must call +1 (312) 312-4460 opt. 2 to register at this rate.


Course Cancellations and Payment

CCIM Institute reserves the right to cancel any course at any time. Students enrolled in a course that is cancelled will be notified as far in advance as possible. Students have the option of getting a full refund or transferring into another course.

Please note that the Institute is not responsible for any out-of-pocket expenses (lodging, airfare, etc.) students may incur in anticipation of a course that is later cancelled. Students are encouraged to avoid non-refundable flights/accommodations.

Full payment must be received prior to the course start date.


Student Cancellation and Transfer Policy

Students may cancel their registrations at any time, but they will be responsible for paying a cancellation fee.

Classroom and Blended Core Courses (CI 101-104)

  • Cancellations made 14 or more days before the start date have a $75 cancellation fee
  • Cancellations made less than 14 days before the start date have a $150 cancellation fee.
  • No refunds or transfers are given once the course begins.
  • Students may transfer to another course one time for $75. After that, there is a $150 a withdrawal/transfer fee per course.

Online Instructor-Led Core Courses (CI 101-104)

  • Cancellations or transfers prior to the start of the course are subject to a $150 fee.
  • No refunds are given once the course begins.

Online Self-Paced Core Courses (CI 101-104)

  • Cancellations or transfers prior to the start of the course are subject to a $150 fee.
  • No refunds or transfers are given once the course begins.
  • Students have seven (7) days from their registration date to transfer to a classroom or instructor-led course.

Ward Center for Real Estate Studies Courses

  • Cancellations or transfers must take place prior to start of course (classroom or online).
  • Cancellation/transfer fee of $50 for Courses under $500.
  • Cancellation/transfer fee of $75 Courses over $500.

Hotel Discounts

CCIM Institute cannot guarantee any specific hotel discounts. Students are encouraged to review the local area where the course is being held for any available discounts.