Revisiting What Makes A CCIM So Special

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Last September, I wrote a post on the CCIM designation, why it matters and why you should care, and how you might understand the importance of the little red and gold pin I wear on my lapel everyday to signify this certification.  On the heals of the CCIM organization unveiling a new logo, I wanted to revisit that post and refresh the significance of the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.

Why select a CCIM professional? An advisor who holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate. The coursework and requirements needed to fulfill the designation are rigorous and aren’t taken lightly. In fact, this designation is so respected, broker allies also pursue the program, including investment counselors, asset managers, appraisers, developers, attorneys and bankers world wide.

Proficiency In Theory And Practice

A CCIM is an invaluable resource to the commercial real estate owner, investor, and user, and is among an elite corps of more than 9,000 professionals who hold the CCIM designation across North America and more than 30 countries. Nearly 9,000 additional professionals are pursuing the CCIM designation. Since the CCIM program was created in 1969, more than 15,000 commercial real estate professionals earned the designation. CCIM Institute has taught more than 225,000 students since 1969.

Recognized for its preeminence within the industry, the CCIM curriculum represents the core knowledge expected of commercial investment practitioners, regardless of the diversity of specializations within the industry. The CCIM curriculum consists of four core courses that incorporate the essential CCIM skill sets: financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis, and investment analysis for commercial investment real estate. Additional curriculum requirements may be completed through CCIM elective courses, transfer credit for graduate education or professional recognition, and qualifying non-CCIM education. Following the course work, candidates must submit a portfolio of closed transactions and/or consultations showing a depth of experience in the commercial investment field. After fulfilling these requirements, candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive examination to earn the CCIM designation. This designation process ensures that CCIMs are proficient not only in theory, but also in practice.

With such a wide range of subjects to be mastered and in a dynamic business such as real estate, the educational process doesn’t end once the designation is earned; there is a strong commitment among CCIMs to continuing education.

Only 6 percent of the estimated 150,000 commercial real estate practitioners nationwide hold the CCIM designation, which reflects not only the caliber of the program, but also why it is one of the most coveted and respected designations in the industry. The CCIM membership network mirrors the increasingly changing nature of the industry and includes brokers, leasing professionals, investment counselors, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, property managers, developers, institutional investors, commercial lenders, attorneys, bankers and other allied professionals. Through this business network, CCIM members successfully complete thousands of transactions annually, representing more than $200 billion in value.

Certified Commercial Investment Members are in more marketplaces in North America – 1,000 cities – than all major real estate companies combined. Regions and chapters provide designees and candidates the opportunities to promote business and educational goals through local and regional forums and meetings.

To learn more about The CCIM Institute and designation program, click here.


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