There are trade organizations within the real estate industry that support and promote virtually every form of business specialization. Benefits of membership include training programs, professional designations, and communication channels for keeping abreast of events and laws. Trade organization membership also generally enhances one’s business image in the eyes of clients and the public at large. 

Some of the major trade organizations, institutes and related professional designations are listed below. 

Real Estate Trade Organizations and Designations 

American Society of Appraisers 

American Society of Home Inspectors 

Building Owners and Managers Association 

CCIM Institute 

Certified Commercial-Investment Member (CCIM) 

Corenet Global 

Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) 

Counselors of Real Estate 

Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) 

Institute of Real Estate Management 

Certified Property Manager (CPM) 

International Association of Assessing Officers 

International Council of Shopping Centers 

Mortgage Bankers Association of America 

Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) 

National Association of Exclusive Buyer’s Agents 

National Association of Home Builders 

NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development 


National Association of Real Estate Brokers 

National Association of Realtors 

Graduate, Realtors Institute (GRI) 

Certified International Property Specialist 


Real Estate Educators Association 

Realtors Land Institute 

Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Society of Industrial and Office Realtors 

The Appraisal Institute 

Member, Appraisal Institute (MAI) Senior Residential Appraiser (SRA) 

Women’s Council of Realtors 

Performance Management Network (PMN)