CCIM Institute believes in equipping the next generation of commercial real estate professionals with practical skills and tools to best serve their clients and build their own careers.
The CCIM designation is one of the most recognizable indicators of professional achievement in commercial real estate. Individuals who complete the CCIM designation program are awarded the CCIM designation and are given the iconic CCIM lapel pin. CCIMs complete a series of courses, provide evidence of their experience in the industry, and bring it all together in a final and comprehensive exam.
The Cultural Diversity Education Program (CDEP) was created in 2002 to develop a critical mass of minority CCIM designees who can positively impact their respective communities and the commercial real estate industry in general. At present, African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native-Americans, and Asian-Americans are underrepresented in both the commercial real estate industry and within CCIM Institute.
Through the program, qualified diversity real estate professionals are introduced to CCIM Institute education. Since the program began, more than 1,500 minority students have completed the Institute's two-day introductory course. Others have gone on to earn the CCIM designation. The CDEP offers discounts on tuition for the Foundations for Success in Commercial Real Estate course as well as the four core courses that are required to earn the CCIM designation.
CCIM Institute has partnered with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs to provide U.S. military veterans the opportunity to start their careers in commercial real estate. Eligible vets or their beneficiaries (spouses or children) may receive tuition assistance for CCIM Institute's designation program, a non-college-degree certificate.
The University Outreach program is designed to help students and graduates achieve their real estate career goals. CCIM is the designation to pursue for professional education, networking opportunities, and industry-leading technology in the commercial and investment real estate world.
Worldwide, CCIM Institute works to provide the best commercial and investment real estate education and services, promote recognition of the CCIM designation as the hallmark of excellence, and facilitate networking among all of its members. The International Program connects individuals in countries outside of the U.S. with international partners for commercial real estate training and networking. Currently, there are over 1,000 CCIMs representing 24 countries, outside of the U.S.
Navigating your way into commercial real estate or even among the large CCIM member network can be difficult. CCIM Mentor is an exclusive online platform that matches undergraduate and graduate students interested in beginning their careers in commercial real estate and new CCIM designees interested in specializing or getting more involved with CCIM Institute with experienced CCIM mentors.
Named after Jay W. Levine, the Institute's first president and its second designee, this nine-month program is designed to build the skills and self-knowledge participants need to fulfill leadership roles with the Institute, other real estate organizations, in business, and in the community.
With a blend of online and in-person training, the curriculum of the Academy is built upon core competencies for effective leadership in association, business, and community settings, with a focus on the understanding and
application of leadership principles and techniques to further the personal and professional leadership development goals of participants.