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ICSC Professional Certification has been a global benchmark of high professional standards and expertise for more than 50 years.

Over 2,000 retail real estate professionals maintain our certifications to demonstrate the knowledge, experience and credibility which set them apart from the rest.

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Credential Distinctions

Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM)

Best suited for professionals engaged in: Aspects of shopping center and retail real estate management

Qualifying experience needed: Retail real estate maintenance, lease negotiation or administration, retailing, merchandising, marketing or promotion, community relations, purchasing insurance, financing, security & legal functions​

Minimum years needed: 4 years in the last 6 

Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX)

Best suited for professionals engaged in: Retail property executive functions or senior level leadership positions

Qualifying experience needed: Asset management, development and re-development, finance, accounting, leasing, revenue generation, retailing, marketing and communications, legal compliance, property and facilities management​

Minimum years needed: 8 years in the last 15

Certified Development, Design & Construction Professional (CDP)

Best suited for professionals engaged in: Retail real estate site selection and acquisition, shopping center and retail real estate development, or design and/or construction of shopping centers as an owner representative

Qualifying experience needed: Development management, project management, tenant coordination, architecture, engineering, general contracting, construction management, facility management, retail store planning, retail construction management

Minimum years needed: 5 years in the last 6

Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS)

Best suited for professionals engaged in: Long-term or short-term leasing or substantial responsibility for leasing shopping centers/retail real estate as an employee representative or agent of an owner and/or tenant

Qualifying experience needed: ​Tenant management, trade area analysis, lease negotiation, specialty leasing, financing, retailing​

Minimum years needed: 4 years in the last 6

Certified Marketing Director (CMD)

Best suited for professionals engaged in: Shopping center and retail real estate marketing research, public and community relations, as well as advertising, traditional media and digital media functions

Qualifying experience needed: ​Retail real estate center marketing, research, marketing plan implementation, public and community relations, advertising, media buying​

Minimum years needed: 4 years in the last 6

Specialty Leasing Designation (SLD)

Best suited for professionals engaged in: Various aspects of specialty leasing regardless of career stage but also available to shopping center professionals seeking a deeper understanding of specialty leasing

Qualifying experience needed: ​Sales and merchandising for the common area, sponsorship advertising & ancillary income, retailer financials, marketing opportunities and tactics, deal making structures and tactics, visual merchandising & RMU design, negotiation and sales skills​

Minimum years needed: Eligibility requirements vary


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