Be a Leader in Your Industry

The Chartered Realty Investor® (CRI®) designation is the only designation that brings together all aspects of the commercial/multifamily real estate finance, investment, and advisory industries. Earning the CRI designation distinguishes you as a leader in your industry and signifies that you have the knowledge, education, and ethical conduct required in today's complex marketplace.

Do you have what it takes?

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Program Benefits

AFFORDABLE Our strong online educational platform enables us to offer you the tools you want and the training you need at competitive prices.

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The CRI exam is a purely real estate designation which applies at the individual level within your own organization or outside. It has provided me with the opportunity to illustrate my knowledge within commercial real estate as well as advance and expand my overall knowledge base within the industry.

– Wade C. O'Neil, Associate Investment Analyst, US Mortgage Origination

The CRI designation program offers the advantage of being specifically designed for commercial real estate investments. Being a lender for a Life Company that owns a sizeable portfolio of commercial real estate, the CRI designation was the best choice for me.

– Thomas Higgins, Senior Mortgage Loan Analyst, American National Insurance Company

Candidate Profile

All commercial and multifamily professionals including, but not limited to, those in the following roles:

  • Commercial/multifamily lenders and servicers
  • Mortgage bankers
  • Analysts
  • Commercial real estate agents and leasing brokers
  • Developers
  • Commercial/multifamily property managers
  • Commercial/multifamily real estate consultants
  • Appraisers
  • Commercial/multifamily real estate attorneys

The Process

To earn the CRI® Charter Designation you must apply for candidacy and then successfully complete two examinations.

CRI Associate (Level 1) Designation 

The CRI Associate (Level I) Designation is the first step toward earning the CRI Charter Designation.

The Chartered Realty Investor (CRI) Associate (Level I) Designation recognizes commercial/multifamily real estate professionals who have achieved a foundation of knowledge in basic commercial/multifamily real estate finance and commercial/multifamily real estate law practices, theories, and applications. The first step is to apply and be accepted as an Associate candidate by the MBA and the Chartered Realty Investor Society. Once accepted, candidates may enroll to take the Associate (Level I) Exam. Candidates who successfully complete the Level I Exam earn the Associate Designation from the Chartered Realty Investor Society.

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CRI Charter (Level II) Designation

Candidates who earn the Associate (Level I) Designation are eligible to apply for the CRI Charter (Level II) Designation.

The CRI Charter (Level II) Designation recognizes the experience of the commercial/multifamily professional who has already earned the Associate level designation and has achieved an understanding of more complex commercial/multifamily real estate finance, knowledge of capital markets, securitization, and portfolio management theory, all incorporating ethics and standards. Associate designees must first apply to the Charter (Level II) program with the MBA and the Chartered Real Estate Investor Society. Once accepted, candidates enroll to take the Charter (Level II) Exam. Candidates who successfully complete the Level II Exam earn the Charter Designation from the Chartered Realty Investor Society.

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The Mortgage Bankers Association owns the intellectual property related to the examination and administers the exams on behalf of the Chartered Realty Investor® Society.  All exam related questions should be forwarded to the MBA. The CRI Society owns the trademark and designation. All CRI membership questions should be forwarded to the CRI Society.