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Join a Commerical Real Estate Trade Association

Commercial real estate is a very competitive industry, so what can you do to set yourself apart, especially when it comes to developing your career? A successful real estate professional works every day at establishing solid relationships, is knowledgeable in real estate trends, hunts prospect opportunities and uses competitor intel to stay ahead of the game.   Commercial real estate associations can boost your career and allow you to connect with like-minded industry professionals. All professionals can benefit from learning experiences, and surrounding yourself with professionals who share your passion for commercial real estate is the key to boosting your career in this competitive industry. 

Innovating Commerce Serving Communities (ICSC)

A member organization for industry advancement, ICSC, promotes and elevates the marketplaces and spaces where people shop, dine, work, play and gather as foundational and vital ingredients of communities and economies.

  • Best for retail real estate industry professionals
  • *FREE for all CU Boulder Real Estate Students (who are part of the Real Estate Club or GREA)
  • Link to ICSC Student Membership Benefits


National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)

NAIOP is an organization for developers, owners, developers and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. Its mission is to provide advocacy, education and business opportunities by connecting members in a powerful North American network in the commercial real estate development and investment industry.

  • Best Association for Industrial, Office and Retail Professionals
  • *FREE for all CU Boulder Real Estate Students (who are part of the Real Estate Club or GREA)
  • Link to NAIOP Colorado Chapter
  • Link to NAIOP Student Membership Benefits


Pension Real Estate Association (PREA)

The Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) is a non-profit trade association for the global institutional real estate investment industry. It's mission is to serve its members engaged in institutional real estate investment through the sponsorship of objective forums for education, research initiatives, membership interaction and the exchange of information.

  • Best for Portfolio Managers, Real Estate Financial Advisors, or someone who works for a Pension Fund or Pension Fund Advisor
  • *FREE for all CU Boulder Real Estate Students (who are part of the Real Estate Club or GREA)
  • Link to PREA Membership Benefits (students do not get access to the membership directory)


Commercial Real Estate Women-National (CREW)

CREW brings together women involved in the many aspects of commercial real estate to exchange information, develop business contacts and help each other succeed professionally through business networking, leadership development, industry research and career outreach.


CoreNet Global

The organization's mission is to advance the practice of corporate real estate through professional development opportunities, publications, research, conferences, designations and networking.


Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)

IREM is an international institute for property and asset managers, providing complete knowledge to take on real estate management's most dynamic challenges.


Urban Land Institute (ULI)

ULI is the oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world. Its mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide.


CCIM Institute

CCIM is an organization and a designation. You must complete a series of core curriculum combined with experience to get the CCIM designation. However, the institute also offers more than 60 other courses along with other training, networking events, and professional development.

  • Best for Brokers, Appraisers, Lenders, Investors
  • CCIM designation involves; completing an education component, pass the Comprehensive Exam, complete a membership application, and pay annual dues
  • Student Membership - $50 (students typically complete the program in 1-3 years). CU Boulder MBA real estate students also qualify to have a few courses in the CCIM designation waived due to being a University Fast Track Member!
  • Link to CCIM Designation


U.S Green Building Council (USGBC)

USGBC is a nonprofit organization that supports the development of prosperous, healthy and resilient communities through the transformation of the built environment.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.


Building Owners and Management Association International (BOMA)

BOMA represents the owners, managers, service providers and other property professionals of all commercial building types, which includes office, industrial, medical, corporate and mixed-use spaces. BOMA provides education opportunities and networking events, and is an international organization.


International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting over 23,000 members in more than 100 countries. They provide credentialing programs, hold conferences and expositions, and produce research that strengthens the knowledge and skills of a commercial real estate professional.



NAREIM is the industry association dedicated to the business and organizational strategy of real estate investment management.

  • Best for Real Estate Investment Professionals
  • Memberships are paid for by an Organizations e.g Emerging members with less than $1bn AUM: $6,000
  • Link to NARIEM
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