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CCIM Institute
Through its preeminent education program, the CCIM confers the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. CCIM designees are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation, and investment analysis and form a business network encompassing 1,000 markets throughout North America. CCIMs also practice in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. The CCIM designation was established in 1969. CIREI membership, which upholds the highest professional and ethical standards, consists of 6,000 designees and 5,000 candidates.
Contact: 312-321-4460 or visit the Web site at

Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB)
The Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers is a professional organization dedicated to providing quality education programs, information, products, services and networking opportunities to continually enhance the management productivity and profitability of its members. Since 1968, the Council has awarded the prestigious Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) Designation to those who have met both education and experience requirements. With more than 7,000 members, the Council is the central source for brokerage management information and education and is the voice for real estate owners and managers within the industry.
Member Services Department: 312-329-4400; Web site:

The Council of Residential Specialists (CRS)
The Council of Residential Specialists awards the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation to experienced REALTORS® who complete advanced training in listing and selling. Agents can increase their income by an incremental 20% as a result of earning the CRS Designation. Once you earn the credential, you'll have the opportunity to receive closable referrals from any of over 41,000 Council members across the country. Members of the Council have rated the CRS referral directory a top benefit. Maximize your potential by earning the CRS designation and joining the organization that has served the country's top-producing agents since 1977. For more information, or to register for a CRS course near you, call Member Services of visit the Council's Web site.
Member Services: 312-321-4400; Web site:

The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)
The Counselors of Real Estate, now in its 43rd year, is an international group of seasoned real estate practitioners who provide advisory services to clients on real property and land-related matters. The membership consists of asset managers, members of accounting and management consulting firms, and REALTORS®. Membership is by invitation only to practitioners who bring to each assignment a broad range of experience in the real estate field combined with technical competency in more than one real estate specialty. Those designated a "Counselor of Real Estate" (CRE) are recognized by their peers as having consistently demonstrated the highest levels of knowledge, experience, integrity and judgment in the practice of real estate.
Contact: 312-329-8427 or visit Web site at

Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
IREM was established in 1933 to advance professionalism in property management. It awards the CERTIFIED PROPERTY MANAGER® (CPM®) designation to property and asset managers who meet its standards of experience, education, and ethical conduct. IREM also awards the ACCREDITED MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION® (AMO®) designation to real estate management firms, and the ACCREDITED RESIDENTIAL MANAGER® (ARM®) recognition award to residential managers. IREM currently has approximately 9,700 CPM® members, 4,100 ARM® participants, and 620 AMO® firms.
Contact IREM at 312-329-6000 or visit Web site at

REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI)
RLI was established in 1944 as a trade association for REALTORS® who specialize in the brokerage of land and currently serves over 1600 members in the United States, Canada and Mexico. There are five land categories that RLI members specialize in: 1) Brokerage of farms and ranches; 2) Brokerage of undeveloped tracts of land; 3) Brokerage of transitional and development and; 4) Subdividing land and wholesale brokerage of lots; and 5) Site selection and assemblage of land parcels. Members may earn the Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation which only 1000 members have earned since its inception.
Contact : 312-329-8440 or visit Web site at

Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC)
REBAC (The Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®) is the world's largest association of real estate professionals who focus specifically on representing the real estate buyer. REBAC awards the ABR® and the ABRMsm designations. The ABR® designation, the benchmark of excellence in real estate buyer representation, demonstrates to clients that the agent has taken steps to continue their education in the field of buyer representation, and has the proven experience and training to deliver ethical and professional service to real estate buyers. The Accredited Buyer Representative Manager (ABRMsm) designation is the only buyer representation designation for managers, brokers and owners affiliated with the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Founded in 1988, REBAC has more than 35,000 active members throughout the world.

Contact REBAC at 312-329-8656, by e-mail at or by fax at 312-329-8389. Visit their Web site at

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® (SIOR)
Individuals certified with the SIOR designation (Specialist, Industrial and Office Real Estate) are top producers in more than 450 cities worldwide. After completion of stringent designation requirements, members enjoy networking and educational opportunities as primary benefits. SIOR designees are commercial brokers/agents, sales managers, investment specialists or advisors. SIORs are considered seasoned professionals who abide by a strict code of ethics. The Society's mandatory re-certification program assures corporate users of the SIOR designee's continued excellence in the fast changing commercial real estate brokerage field.
The Society provides leading edge educational courses and seminars, on-line resources (including a property listing database), publications, and annual market survey, and a quarterly magazine Professional Report. In addition to national-level programs, Society chapters offer a wide range of networking and educational activities for members and their guests. To learn more about the SIOR advantage, call the membership division at 202-737-1150 or visit Web site at

Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR)
The Women's Council of REALTORS® is a not your traditional women's group. Get to know us and you will discover a dynamic mix of professionals training and personal support designed to take your business to the next level. Men and women members have been discovering the WCR difference since 1938. It's our unique structure combining the strength of a national organization with the responsiveness and accessibility of chapters close to home -- 250 nationwide. You'll find local meetings, educational offerings, and a huge referral network. After all, success is not a solitary pursuit. WCR membership tells your colleagues and clients that you'll never be too successful to learn something new, or to share your experience with others. And that's a statement worth making.
Contact: 312-329-8482 or email, or visit our Web site at

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