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Professional Development Resources for Owners and Commercial Real Estate Professionals

Learning and continuous improvement are keys to a successful CRE career.

Untitled_design_83.jpgAlbert Einstein once said, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

Becoming a wise and skilled commercial real estate investor, owner or broker—or even a savvy tenant—requires both real-world experience and a commitment to continual education about a field that can be very complex.

To help in your quest for knowledge, and your efforts to continually improve at what you do, here are some great resources for training and professional development related to commercial real estate and the many careers supported by the industry.

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)

BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. BOMA offers a comprehensive menu of professional development opportunities—from classroom-based seminars to online seminars and Webinars—to suit every schedule and budget. Courses are also available to earn or maintain your RPA, FMA, SMA and SMT designations.

Browse their professional development courses here.

The Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP)

NAIOP is the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP has 18,000+ members and provides strong advocacy, education and business opportunities through a powerful North American network. As part of their advocacy efforts, NAIOP has a wide range of commercial real estate learning opportunities, including offering a Certificate of Advance Study in Commercial Real Estate Development or Finance in addition to other professional development courses.

Browse their professional development offerings here.

CCIM Institute

The CCIM Institute is one of commercial real estate’s most influential professional organizations. The Institute offers a strong professional development curriculum led by highly trained and experienced commercial real estate experts. CCIM Institute members are eligible to earn the CCIM designation, a highly sought after industry certification.

You can browse their entire professional development curriculum here.

Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)

IREM is an international group dedicated to ethical commercial real estate business practices, maximizing investment real estate value and promoting superior management through education. IREM is affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS.

IREM offers a variety of professional development courses, including online learning, webinars and a “Learning Toolbox.” You can read more about these courses here.

There are many opportunities out there to improve your commercial real estate skills and knowledge base, whatever your role within the industry might be. An ongoing commitment to continual improvement and professional development are two keys to kick starting your career or taking a strong career to the next level.

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Rocky Mackintosh, the Founder and President of MacRo, Ltd., is a leading commercial real estate expert in the region. He has been an active member of the Frederick, Maryland community for over four decades. He has served as chairman of the board of Frederick Memorial Hospital and as a member of the Frederick County Charter Board from 2010 to 2012.


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