CCIM Institute Programs & Initiatives

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. Learn more about the CCIM Institute's programs that are available to your chapter members.

Mentoring Program
CCIM Institute’s Mentoring Program helps you reach your career goals with the help and guidance of either an experienced CCIM or a group of your industry peers. It's available to all aspiring commercial real estate professionals and new CCIM designees. One-on-one mentoring is available now and peer-to-peer mentoring circles will be available soon.


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Cultural Diversity Education Program
CCIM Institute's Cultural Diversity Education Program (CDEP) is committed to advancing the professional growth of underrepresented groups in the commercial real estate industry. Qualified applicants will learn the CCIM approach to investment strategy, financial analysis, and market analysis.

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Veterans in Real Estate Program
CCIIM Institute has been approved by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs to provide U.S. military veterans the opportunity to start their careers in commercial real estate. The Veterans in Real Estate program offers veterans the opportunity to fund their education toward earning the CCIM designation through the GI Bill®. Eligible vets or their beneficiaries (spouses or children) may receive tuition assistance for CCIM Institute's designation program, a non-college-degree certificate.
  • Courses must be taken in person at CCIM Institute headquarters
  • Only CI101-CI104, CREN, and the comprehensive exam are covered

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University Outreach Program
The University Outreach program is designed to help students and graduates achieve their real estate career goals while providing early exposure to the benefits of the CCIM designation.
  • Graduates within the last five years from qualified universities can expedite their road to the CCIM designation through the University Fast Track program.
  • Current full-time undergraduate and graduate students aligned with approved colleges and universities have exclusive access to University Partner Student Membership, which provides enhanced benefits.

The following resources are designed to assist you in developing your chapter’s University Outreach program:


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