Earning the CCIM Designation

While the exact requirements vary among different membership types, there are certain commonalities among them all. Every candidate for the CCIM designation is required to complete an education component, pass the Comprehensive Exam, complete a membership application, and pay annual dues. All candidates except Fast Track members will also have to submit a Portfolio of Qualifying Experience for review.

Education Component
Portfolio of Qualifying Experience

To demonstrate their experience in commercial real estate, designation candidates must submit a portfolio of qualifying activities, transactions, projects, or work products.
This portfolio can take one of three forms, depending on your level of experience and the type of work that will be included.

Transactional portfolios must meet minimum volume requirements:

  • Three (3) or more qualifying activities totaling $30 million or more; or
  • Exactly ten (10) qualifying activities totaling $10 million or more; or
  • Twenty (20) qualifying activities with no dollar volume requirement.


Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Exam is a full-day exam testing your mastery of the concepts introduced in the core CCIM courses. It's preceded by the two-day Course Concepts Review, allowing designation candidates the opportunity to review the key topics that will be covered on the exam.