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The challenges in today’s job market—from industry consolidation and increased competition to being expected to do more with less—make it harder for you to prove your experience and your credibility.  The CPM designation can demonstrate your expertise and integrity to those who matter most—employers, owners and investors.

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Click each section heading to see the requirements, or download and print a copy of the entire CPM checklist.


3 years (36 months) of qualifying real estate management experience as defined by IREM (portfolio and function minimums)

Education – choose one of four options:

Option 1: Complete seven required courses

Recommended order:

Course schedules

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

Note: This is the suggested order, however, courses listed in 1 through 3 can be taken in any combination and/or out of sequence if necessary or if scheduling is not convenient.

Option 2: Other Designations Fast Track

Hold a CCIM, CSM, PCAM, or RPA designation and submit the fast track approval fee

Details about the CPM Fast Track Program.


Option 3: Real Estate Degree Fast Track

Have an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major, minor or concentration in real estate or property management and submit the fast track approval fee

Details about the CPM Fast Track Program.


Option 4: Professional Experience Fast Track

Have 20 years of qualifying professional experience (as verified via experience reports and approved by chapter) and submit the fast track approval fee

Details about the CPM Fast Track Program.

Management Plan

Option 1

  • Pass management plan on an actual property (MPIND)

Option 2

  • Pass management plan skills assessment (MPSA).




Submit 3 Confidential Letters of Recommendation (provided at the time of candidacy approval)


  • Fulfill the one year Candidacy period by being a CPM Candidate Member, ARM Member, or ACoM Member in good standing for the 12 months prior to CPM approval

Other Requirements

  • Submit a CPM application with the application fee, which is $210.
  • Be current with annual national and chapter dues. (national dues are $495; chapter dues vary by chapter.)
  • Hold a real estate license or verify that you are not required to have one for your current position.
  • Be affiliated with the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
  • Attend two IREM Chapter meetings or events during the 12 months immediately prior to CPM approval.
  • Be interviewed and approved by your IREM Chapter.

If you are from Canada, contact the Real Estate Institute of Canada
If you are from any other country, check out the Non-U.S. CPM Application.


Choose Your Path

Become a CPM

Becoming a CPM Candidate is the first step toward earning the CPM designation. As a CPM Candidate, you'll be a member of IREM, including a local IREM chapter. If you know you're ready to become a CPM Candidate, apply now. 

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Instant Membership

If you want to start taking credential courses and tap into immediate member benefits, become an Associate Member:

Associate Membership gives you instant access to the robust slate of member benefits and a network of like-minded individuals. Every IREM Member pays the lowest registration rates on IREM education and publications.


Why CPM?

  • Make more money. The average total compensation of a manager without the CPM designation is $83,588; the compensation of a CPM member is $124,228.

  • Reap the rewards. IREM aggressively promotes the CPM designation to potential clients and employers.

  • Meet your personal goals - distinguish yourself, open doors, grow your business, or become a competent leader, the CPM is the edge you’re looking for.

  • Extend your reach and expand your network- IREM is an affiliate of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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

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