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ICSC’s Newest Certification

The Certified Retail Real Estate Professional (CRRP) is our new, comprehensive certification for traditional as well as emerging fields within the retail real estate industry.

As the retail real estate industry continues to grow and transform, professionals are expected to have industry insight that reaches beyond their job descriptions. They must develop a broader body of knowledge and perspective to be successful.

The Certified Retail Real Estate Professional (CRRP) credential is the result of a collaborative effort by industry experts across various disciplines with the purpose of creating a holistic approach to integrating industry specialties. The inclusive, broad nature of the CRRP credential demonstrates that professionals, both new and seasoned, have achieved a well-rounded competency of the industry.

A CRRP designation means you have reached a level of industry fluency that lets you communicate successfully across channels with colleagues and clients.

Become a Certified Retail Real Estate Professional (CRRP) 

Certified Retail Real Estate Professional (CRRP) eligibility requirements

  • Candidates must demonstrate a minimum of five years of experience in any of these 10 retail real estate disciplines: property management & operations, retailing, asset management, leasing, finance, legal, construction, development, design or marketing.
  • A degree in real estate or related discipline may be substituted for one year of experience.
  • Attendance at the John T. Riordan (JTR) Institute may be substituted for six months of experience.

*Notice for existing CRX, CSM, CMD, CLS, CDP and SLD designees: 

As of July 1, 2018, ICSC no longer tests or confers certifications for its CRX, CSM, CMD, CLS, CDP and SLD designations. Current certification(s) holders in good standing will not be impacted. Your certifications will be maintained without further testing or continuing education requirements. To be considered current, you must have renewed your certification by April 2, 2018.

CRRP applications & testing schedule

Exam Sitting Application Submission Window
March 9 - 17, 2019 September 24, 2018 - February 10, 2019
June 15 - 23, 2019 February 11, 2019 - May 19, 2019
October 12 - 20, 2019 May 20, 2019 - September 15, 2019


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Professional Development and CRRP renewal requirements

All professionals who are granted the Certified Retail Real Estate Professional (CRRP) designation will be required to demonstrate continued competence and active industry engagement by renewing their credentials every three  years.

Effective January 1, 2019, CRRP designees are assigned a three-year certification maintenance interval during which they must earn a total of at least 10 professional development credits through relevant industry activities. This includes continuing education (events and courses), industry service (volunteer leadership and speaking/authoring engagements) and/or professional recognition (awards and credentials).

The first three-year cycle runs from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2021. The first renewals of CRRP certification will be due January 15, 2022.​

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