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Get Started in Commercial Real Estate

An Exciting Career Awaits

Commercial real estate is a rewarding field that offers many paths and opportunities for success. To become a commercial real estate agent, you will need to be licensed by your state. Today, there are more than 4 million professionals working in commercial real estate. The industry requires practical expertise from a clear source of value and experience, The CCIM Institute. To jumpstart your commercial real estate career, consider becoming a member of The CCIM Institute. We offer support, networking and learning opportunities for all commercial real estate career stages. 



Begin Your Commercial Real Estate Career
Read on for steps for pursuing a career in commercial real estate.
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Learn About the Industry

The first step is to educate yourself about the commercial real estate industry. This includes learning about types of commercial properties, types of transactions, and the roles people play. The CCIM Institute offers a variety of educational programs, including online courses, classroom courses, and self-study programs. These programs cover a wide range of commercial real estate topics, including finance, law, and transactions, as well as foundational classes for professionals new to the field. 

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Gain Experience

Once you have a basic understanding of commercial real estate, it is important to gain some experience. This can be done by working as an intern or assistant at a commercial real estate firm. You can also volunteer to help out with commercial real estate projects or organizations. Your local The CCIM Institute Chapter can help you connect with people in the industry. 

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Build a Network

Networking is essential in the industry! Get to know other commercial real estate professionals, such as brokers, lenders, and appraisers. The CCIM Institute offers a variety of networking opportunities for its members. These opportunities include local, regional, and national events. The CCIM Institute also has a strong online community where members can connect with each other and share information. 

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Student Tools

We support you through your professional development and designation journey.

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Tuition Assistance

Need help with your tuition? We offer several tuition assistance programs. 

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The CCIM Designation
Establish yourself as an industry leader with the CCIM Designation. The Designation is the premier credential for commercial real professionals