Commercial Real Estate Finance Specialization (CRE)

CFI's Commercial Real Estate Finance Specialist Program is designed to enhance students' skill sets, covering everything from appraisals to financial models to mortgages.

The article below contains the following information about CFI's Commercial Real Estate Finance Specialization:

Skills You'll Gain

Real estate lending, Real Estate Financial Modeling, Construction Finance, Environmental Analysis, Due Diligence, Lease & Rent Roll Analysis, and more.

CRE Specializations are great for Commercial Relationship Managers, Credit Analysts, Risk Managers & Credit Adjudicator, Commercial Mortgage Brokers, Private Real Estate Lenders, Real Estate Investors and Advisors, and more.

To enroll in the CRE Specialization Program, you must have an active Self-Study or Full-Immersion Subscription. Click here to review and select the subscription that best suits your needs!

No additional fees are required to earn your certification once you've enrolled.

Commercial Real Estate Finance Specialization Requirements

Please click here and select "How it Works" to learn more about earning your Business Essentials Specialization requirements.

  • Step 1: Complete all required coursework.
  • Step 2: Sign the CFI Honor Pledge. Program candidates must sign and abide by the CFI Honor Pledge to receive and maintain program certification. Failure to abide by the CFI Honor Pledge will result in the revocation of one's certificates.
  • Step 3 (optional): View and download your online certificate & student transcript.

Duration & Delivery

Lectures, study materials, and exams are all online and accessible worldwide, allowing the program to be completed anytime on a self-paced timeline. 

The estimated time required to complete the CRE Specialization is 40-50 hours.

Career Paths

Career paths for CRE certificate holders include:

  • Credit Analyst: Analyze and structure real estate borrowing for various capital providers like banks, REITs, and Pension Funds.
  • Risk Manager & Credit Adjudicator: Assess and approve bank and financial institution transactions.
  • Private Real Estate Lender: Work with private capital providers and family offices to underwrite more effective real estate loans.
  • Real Estate Investor and Advisor: Understand how lenders and external capital providers assess transactions to seek better deals and negotiate better structures.
  • Commercial Mortgage Broker: Analyze and package deals more effectively to facilitate quicker turnarounds and better client terms.
  • Commercial Relationship Manager: Work with commercial real estate investors and developers on behalf of lending institutions.
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