Students and graduates looking for help in achieving their real estate career goals have a new resource. UCF has signed an agreement with the Chicago-based CCIM Institute to become a partner in the 16,000-member association’s University Alliance Program.

The program is an initiative that enables graduates of select master’s programs from prestigious institutions of higher learning to become a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) at an accelerated pace. A CCIM is a recognized expert in commercial real estate and is among an elite corps of nearly 10,000 professionals in North America, Asia and Europe who has earned the CCIM designation. An additional 6,000 practitioners are pursuing the designation.

Through the program, qualified candidates may bypass CCIM’s CI 101 Financial Analysis, CI 102 Market Analysis, and CI 104 Investment Analysis courses that are generally required to earn the CCIM designation. Students need only to successfully complete CI 103 User Decision Analysis, eight hours of negotiations training, and an online ethics course. A portfolio of qualifying experience, which documents closed transactions and consulting assignments, must also be submitted and approved. The final step to earning the CCIM designation is passing a comprehensive examination.

UCF is just one of 35 schools participating in the University Alliance Program. Our real estate students now have the opportunity to become part of the CCIM network of commercial real estate professionals and take advantage of the technology and business resources available to CCIMs.

Visit the CCIM Institute’s University Alliance Program website to learn more about the program.