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The Institute of Real Estate Management, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, is the single best source of education and professional recognition for managers of all types of properties. For over 60 years, IREM® has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to developing and maintaining standards of excellence and professional ethics in the field of real estate management. IREM® is the only professional association dedicated to serving the needs of all real estate management professionals – novices and seasoned experts; site, property, and asset managers; managers of office buildings, shopping centers, apartments, condominiums, and mobile home parks.

IREM’s mission is to educate, certify and promote the professional competence of its members in order to meet the needs of those who utilize their services. IREM® provides the extra edge real estate management professionals need to distinguish themselves from the competition.

IREM’s membership is diverse and includes nearly 10,000 CPM® (Certified Property Manager) members and over 3,500 ARM® (Accredited Residential Manager) members in the United States, Canada, and abroad. IREM® counts among its membership officers, owners, partners, and department heads of property management firms, banks, savings and loans, and other major employers.

IREM® has 89 chapters and 63 ARM® committees nationwide that combine to form a network of unparalleled excellence. What the national organization of IREM® does on a macro level, its chapters and ARM® committees do on a micro level, making IREM® responsive to the needs of each and every market. Each chapter provides its own package of benefits designed to further the needs of the local membership.

In principle and practice, the Institute of Real Estate Management values and seeks a diverse membership. There are no barriers to full participation in the organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. Moreover, the Institute of Real Estate Management encourages equal opportunity practices among its membership.


What is a CPM®? 

CPM® stands for Certified Property Manager® … the designation awarded by the Institute of Real Estate Management to the top professionals in the real estate management industry.

Whether you manage residential properties, commercial properties, or industrial properties … whether you are a property manager, an asset manager, a facilities manager, or a real estate management executive … whether you do third-party fee management or work within a corporate real estate department … the CPM® designation will set you apart from all the rest. Real estate owners and investors and those who live, work and shop in their properties all benefit from the training and professionalism of CPM® members. CPM® members manage approximately 900 billion dollars in real estate assets.

What is an ARM®?
ARM® stands for Accredited Residential Manager® … the certification awarded by the Institute of Real Estate Management to specialists who manage residential properties.

Whether you manage rental apartment complexes, rental mobile homes, rental condominiums, rental single-family homes, single-room occupancy apartments (SROs), or homeowners’ associations … whether you are the resident manager, assistant manager, property manager or asset manager the ARM® certification is for you if you want to be recognized in the nation’s most prestigious program for residential management specialists. The ARM®-trained managers are in a position to improve the quality of life of more than a million people who live in residential properties while at the same time enhancing the value of the estimated 16 billion dollars in assets they oversee.

What is an AMO?
The Accredited Management Organization (AMO®) designation is the only professional recognition given to real estate management firms. They are elite organizations which set the standards for excellence in property and asset management. Although education and experience play major roles in achieving the AMO® designation, it is integrity and commitment to professionalism on which the reputation of the AMO® finally rests.

Conferred by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), achievement of AMO® status is a major step toward your firm being recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding professional real estate management organizations.

IREM is over 60 years old and has been recognizing those real estate management firms that have achieved standards of excellence since 1946.

What is an ACM?
IREM’s new Accredited Commercial Manager (ACM) certification gives you increased market visibility and credibility with owners, investors, and employers. Earn the Accredited Commercial Manager certification and become a member of IREM — the real estate management industry’s premier professional association. You’ll be connected to the organization, including a local IREM chapter, and guaranteed access to the industry’s leading resources, tools, and information.