Designation Programs

The REALTOR® organization incorporates five (5) NAR Commercial Preferred Partner that offer education and designation programs specifically for the commercial practitioner.

NAR’S REALTOR® University

CCIM Institute (CCIM)

The CCIM Institute has conferred the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation since 1969. Professional experience requirements ensure that a CCIM is skilled in both theory and practice. The Institute stresses education, networking and ethical practice. There are currently over 7,000 CCIM designated professionals and over 5,000 candidates pursuing the designation, and their business network encompasses 1,000 markets in 52 countries.

Contact CCIM at 800.621.7027 at

Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)

The Counselors of Real Estate is an international network of commercial practitioners who provide advice to clients on complex real property situations and land-related issues. CRE designated Members hold prominent positions in real estate, financial, legal, and accounting firms, as well as in government and academia. Membership is extended by invitation only on either a sponsored or self-initiated basis.

Contact CRE at 312.329.8429 and at

Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)

For over 60 years, the Institute of Real Estate Management has provided training, information, research, analysis, and practical advice for those who manage income-producing real estate of all types, at all career levels. Services of IREM are designed to help Members maximize the value of the real estate and safeguard those who live, work, and shop in the properties they manage. The Institute awards designations of Certified Property Manager (CPM), the Accredited Residential Manager® (ARM), and the Accredited Management Organization® (ARO). There are currently 9,300 CPM and 3,650 ARM designees, and more than 600 AMO firms nationwide.

Contact IREM at 312.329.6000 and at

REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI)

As recognized experts in land, RLI Members specialize in farms and ranches; undeveloped tracts of land; transitional and development land; subdivision and wholesaling of lots; and site selection and assemblage. Their education curriculum keeps its members current with the increasingly complex land real estate profession. RLI has awarded the Accredited Land Consultation (ALC) designation to a select group of over 1,000 land specialists since 1944.

Contact RLI at 800.441.5263 and at

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® (SIOR)

The Society awards the SIOR (Specialist, Industrial & Office Real Estate) designation to brokerage specialists who meet its strict experience, transaction, education, and ethical standards. Recipients of this designation are recognized within the commercial brokerage industry as the most experienced and capable practitioners. One of the leading commercial and industrial real estate associations, the Society has 2,300 Members in 450 cities in 20 countries.

Contact SIOR at 202.737.1150 and at

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