Learn more about NAR's affiliated institutes, societies, and councils.

The CCIM Institute

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The CCIM Institute confers the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation to commercial real estate professionals through an extensive curriculum of 200 classroom hours, in addition to industry experience. The CCIM education curriculum addresses financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis and investment analysis - the cornerstones of commercial investment real estate. There are 9,500 CCIMs in 1,000 markets worldwide. An additional 9,500 practitioners are pursuing the designation. Headquartered in Chicago, CCIM Institute is the largest brokerage network in the world, with a growing international membership of 1,000 professionals in more than 30 nations overseas. Visit www.ccim.com or call 800-621-7027.

Real Estate Business Institute

The Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) offers comprehensive education, services, and resources designed to elevate the careers of today's real estate professionals. Rooted in exceptional learning experiences and practical course content, REBI's expansive portfolio of offerings has been carefully crafted and curated by industry leaders to improve business operations, increase profitability, and raise the bar on professional development – whether you're an agent, manager, broker, or team leader.

Residential Real Estate Council

The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. The CRS designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education. Since 1977 the Residential Real Estate Council has been conferring the CRS Designation on agents who meet its stringent requirements. Currently, there are more than 34,000 active CRS Designees.

Counselors of Real Estate

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The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) is a professional membership organization established exclusively for leading real property advisors. The purpose of the organization is to advance, enhance, and support these leaders by serving as a resource for information, by creating opportunities for professional development, by facilitating networking, and by providing the benefits of camaraderie. Members are awarded the CRE Designation, bestowed by invitation only, in recognition of their achievements in real estate counseling.

Institute of Real Estate Management

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is an association of property and asset managers who have met strict criteria in the areas of education, experience and ethics. Founded in 1933, IREM’s mission is to educate real estate managers, certify their competence and professionalism, serve as an advocate on issues affecting the real estate management industry, and enhance its members’ professional competence so they can better identify and meet the needs of those who use their services.

Real Estate Buyer's Council


Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC) is the world's largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing the real estate buyer. There are more than 42,000 active members of the organization worldwide. REBAC awards the Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®) and the Accredited Buyer's Representative Manager (ABRM) designations.

REALTORS® Land Institute

The REALTORS® Land Institute is the only real estate membership organization serving practitioners who specialize in land transactions, ranging from farms and ranches; recreational and special interest properties; raw land; transitional land; subdivision and lot wholesaling; to site selection and land assemblage. Since 1944, the organization has been dedicated to building knowledge and building business for its members. RLI offers superior education through its RLI Land University and professional developments programs, provides an array of services that encourage networking and referral opportunities, and serves as a voice in Washington on land-related issues through the National Association of REALTORS®.

Members of the REALTORS® Land Institute may earn the prestigious Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Designation, which is conferred to only those land specialists who complete a rigorous education program and who achieve a volume of successful land transactions. Contact RLI at 800-441-5263 and at www.rliland.com.

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®


SIOR 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 commercial real estate practitioners. One of the leading commercial and industrial real estate associations, SIOR has 3,200 members-2,800 of whom hold the designation-located in more than 590 cities in 25 countries. Contact SIOR headquarters at 202-449-8200 and at www.sior.com.

Women's Council of REALTORS®

The Women's Council of REALTORS® (WCR) is a nationwide community of more than 10,000 successful real estate professionals. WCR's mission is to advance women as professionals and leaders in business, the industry and the communities they serve. WCR's Performance Management Network designation focuses on combining real-world skills with the power of WCR's national referral network. Visit www.WCR.org or call 1-800-285-2955.

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