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The CCIM Institute Milestones

Many member-driven initiatives and contributions have elevated The CCIM Institute's reputation as the world's premier commercial real estate organization.




1959Investment Property Exchange and Taxation (IPET) courses are created. Administered through the California Real Estate Association, the IPET courses lead to the Certified Property Exchanger (CPE) designation.
1967The CPE designation becomes part of the National Association of REALTORS®.
1969The CPE designation is renamed the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Designation, which remains in place today.
January 1969First CCIM Designations are conferred to about 300 members, including Jim McMichael No. 1) and Jay W. Levine (No. 2).
1970sThe CCIM membership program and educational courses continue to expand nationally.
1972First instructor auditions and training sessions are held. Bob Ward, CCIM, who later would have the Ward Center for Real Estate Studies named in his honor, becomes an instructor.
1982CCIM's peer-reviewed scholarly publication, Commercial Investment Journal: The Journal of Advanced Real Estate, is launched and later evolves into Commercial Investment Real Estate, the organization's award-winning magazine.
1991Commercial Investment Real Estate Council, which administered the CCIM Designation under the Realtors National Marketing Institute, receives institute status from NAR and is renamed Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute.
1992CI101 is taught in Russia, marking the beginning of The CCIM Institute's international expansion.
1996CCIM Quarterly Market Trends, a market survey report based on member transaction data, is added as a member benefit.
1999STDB - a web-based site analysis program - is released, giving members access to demographic and financial reports.
1998The CCIM Education Foundation is established through a bequest from the estate of Victor Lyon, CCIM.
2001The Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute changes its name to The CCIM Institute.
2007The Ward Center for Real Estate Studies is created to provide education about current commercial real estate topics and trends.
2013The CCIM Institute begins a national campaign to raise the profile of the CCIM Designation among the highest levels of the industry. This includes promoting CCIM Designees' data-driven approach to commercial real estate through the RealShare Conference Series, Fox Business Network, The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesBloombergReal Estate ForumNational Real Estate Investor,, and many regional and local outlets.