Courses and Designations

Whether you are new to commercial real estate or have a thriving business, your own professional development can keep your skills at the top level. Explore the many educational opportunities available through these Institutes, Societies and Councils, all part of NAR. There is an array of classroom and online learning options for your convenience. 

Discover how earning a designation can help you rise above and gain more business.

Affiliate Education

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The CCIM Institute offers an extensive array of commercial investment management courses for those pursuing the CCIM designation. Additionally, CCIM Institute’s Ward Center for Real Estate Studies offers online education and live workshops in topics including current financial analysis strategies, communication skills, advanced negotiation techniques, high-tech marketing strategies, and sponsoring group investments.


Work towards your IREM credential more through IREM's course offerings in real estate management. IREM offers classroom courses, self-paced online education, webinars, and on-demand learning for real estate professionals. 

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RLI's LANDU offers face-to-face courses, online courses, web seminars, and On-Location Education Programs that are relevant to the unique business of land, as well as preparing real estate professionals for the Accredited Land Consultant certification. 

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The SIOR Center for Career Advancement provides commercial real estate education focused on the industrial and office arenas. SIOR offers e-learning courses, conference education, webinars, and resources for commercial boards.

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While membership and the CRE designation is offered by invitation only, the organization serves as a resource for commercial professionals on a variety of topics. Their print publication, Real Estate Issues, is available in print and online, and the CRE Library features recent books, market reports, monographs and select articles written by CRE members.To learn more, visit and

NAR Courses

Center for REALTOR® Development

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NAR's Center for REALTOR® Development, a member service of the National Association of REALTORS®, provides an easy way for working professionals to take the classes they want, when they want, in the convenience of their own home or office. The Center for REALTOR® Development uses state-of-the-art technology for continuing education credit, professional development, and designation certification. 

Discovering Commercial Real Estate

This NAR course offers a broad overview of the basics of commercial real estate and how it differs from residential real estate. This is an ideal introductory course for those who are newly licensed and/or residential agents who want to learn more about commercial real estate.
Discovering Commercial Real Estate

REALTOR® University Masters in Real Estate

Go above a traditional MBA or MRE with courses and concentrations catered specifically to the needs of real estate professionals on a day-to-day basis. REALTOR® University's Master of Real Estate includes a concentration in Commercial Real Estate Investment and Analysis

NAR Education Matrix

NAR's Education Course Matrix hosts official NAR education information, including the NAR family of designations and certifications. Search by Topic, Title, Organization, or Designation/Certification.

Events Calendar

Major commercial real estate events hosted by the National Association of REALTORS®; NAR's commercial affiliate organizations; REALTOR® associations; and other commercial national organizations, franchises, and firms.

September 24-27, 2017
Counselors of Real Estate® Annual Convention
Montreal, QC

October 10-13, 2017
IREM® Global Summit
Chicago, IL

October 15-16, 2017
CCIM Global Conference
Toronto, ON

October 26-28, 2017
SIOR Fall World Conference
Chicago, IL

November 3-6, 2017
REALTORS® Conference & Expo
Chicago, IL

March 12-14, 2018
RLI® National Land Conference
Nashville, TN

March 13-16, 2018
Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

April 11-14, 2018
SIOR Spring World Conference
Austin, TX

April 29-May 1, 2018
Counselors of Real Estate® Midyear Meetings
Chicago, IL

May 14-19, 2018
REALTORS® Legislative Meetings
Washington, D.C.