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You’ve paid your dues in commercial management, held yourself to a standard of excellence, and built your career and portfolio- it’s time to showcase your achievements. The ACoM certification is awarded to those who meet the standards for commercial real estate management professionals.

Why CPM?

  • Sharpen your skills. In today's fast-paced real estate management world, keeping your skill set current is especially crucial to make your job safety net a little wider.
  • Demonstrate excellence. The experience and knowledge you demonstrate to earn the ACoM certification assures employers that you possess the specialized skills they seek in commercial managers.
  • Distinguish yourself. Earning the ACoM certification will position you for advancement in your real estate management career regardless of your current level.
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Earning the ACoM certification is a great stepping stone toward the CPM designation.

If you are a commercial site manager and your portfolio has not yet reached the minimum size for the CPM designation, you can gain training, skills, and industry knowledge with the ACoM certification while working towards the CPM. The intermediate courses necessary for the ACoM also count toward the CPM education requirement.


For more information about the benefits of ARM membership, visit the Member Benefits page.


Continue towards completion of the ACoM requirements. Refer to the checklist below or download and print a copy:

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Education - select one of three options:

Option 1

Complete four courses:

Course schedules

If you took IREM courses prior to 2005, find out which of these courses earn credit by reviewing the ACoM Course Equivalency Chart.

Option 2

  • Hold a CPM, CCIM, CSM, PCAM or RPA designation

Option 3

  • Have an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major, minor, or concentration in real estate or property management, or an associate's degree in a non-residential property management or real estate program.


  • Pass the ACOM certification exam


Complete IREM ethics education in 1 of 2 ways:

  • Complete ETH001
  • Complete ETH800 and pass exam
  • Pledge to uphold the IREM Code of Professional Ethics

Other Requirements

  • Submit an ACoM application with the non-refundable application fee, which is $80.
  • Submit three Confidential Letters of Recommendation (included in ACoM application).
  • Be interviewed and recommended for approval by your IREM Chapter.

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