About the Institute of Real Estate Management

Hi, we're IREM®

We’re an international institute for property and asset managers, providing complete knowledge to take on real estate management’s most dynamic challenges. That means knowledge prepared for the day-to-day and the one-of-a-kind: from solving the latest tenant crisis to analyzing market conditions.  

For over 85 years, our members have made us the world’s strongest voice for all things real estate management. Today, almost 20,000 leaders in commercial and residential management call this home for learning, certifications, and networking.

Learn more about us with the IREM Fact Sheet


What we offer

Industry-leading learning

Whether you’re starting out, or a seasoned manager: IREM offers courses, tools, publications, and news developed by the brightest real estate managers. Our classroom, online, and on-demand courses can help you certify, master core competencies or build new skills. Or, explore more than 250 forms, checklists, and templates used by real-world managers, and publications like IREM Income/Expense Analysis® Reports, the industry’s foremost collection of benchmark financial data from 10,000+ buildings . Whatever the topic, IREM offers the most complete real estate management knowledge. Period.

Internationally-recognized certifications

Find your fit with IREM’s rigorous certifications that are symbols of ethical leadership and a well-managed property worldwide. Earn the IREM CPM® (Certified Property Manager®) – the premier property management certification – and gain knowledge that transcends asset class. Seek IREM’s early-career certifications for residential and commercial managers and develop command of the fundamentals. Or, certify your property management firm or building sustainability with the prestigious AMO® and Certified Sustainable Property (CSP) certifications.

Powerful networking

IREM members have answers and advice at their fingertips thanks to a powerful international member community of residential, commercial, retail, and mixed-used managers – each at the top of their game. Connect locally with 80 U.S. IREM chapters and 17 International IREM chapters, or learn and network with top IREM and industry thinkers from around the world at the IREM Global Summit and other IREM events.

If you know real estate management, come get to know IREM.

IREM’s volunteer leadership team directs the organization’s mission and activities with support from a Headquarters team of association management professionals. Our Executive Committee joins IREM’s Regional Vice Presidents and chapter presidents, along with volunteer representatives from across the real estate industry to form IREM’s Governing Council, the organization’s decision-making body.

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2021 IREM President’s message

Real estate managers have long made a difference in the lives of so many, but today, their work has never mattered more. This is a time when our network of professionals around the world are coming together, relying on each other and their IREM education to best serve their employees, tenants, residents, and property owners. Here are the initiatives that will allow us to thrive together during Chip Watts’ term as 2021 IREM President.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected 7% growth in property management jobs through 2028. While the full impact of the pandemic and economic downturn continues to unfold, the projections are solid. And different data sources report different median ages for property managers, but they all indicate substantial opportunity in this rewarding career among the younger generations.

What does this mean for IREM, our members and our profession? It underscores the growing need for property managers, and builds awareness of the value skilled property managers bring to the real estate industry. It’s clear that the IREM experience in learning, networking, and certification can help develop property management professionals around the world.

An IREM education helps property managers achieve their full potential. In addition, IREM members have the advantage of virtually unlimited opportunities to advance their careers through networking, hone their leadership skills by volunteering, and share their expertise through teaching. And to broaden our scope we’re reaching out to those who haven’t explored IREM before – from college students to entry-level real estate managers to seasoned professionals.

Achieving growth requires partnership and resilience.


IREM was born of the National Association of REALTORS’® (NAR) recognition that skilled property managers are necessary to maintain relationships between tenants, residents, owners and investors, improve building operations, and to enhance the value of the properties they manage. Today, there are many organizations that fill each niche of the real estate industry, but IREM is unique in the real estate management community because we serve professionals in all asset classes. While we’re closely tied to NAR, when we join colleagues from across the broad spectrum of real estate, we pave the way to building a future that serves us all.

Nowhere is the old saying about strength in numbers stronger than when we join our coalition partners to advocate for the industry, our residents and tenants, as the more voices advancing a particular issue, the louder our voices become. In the absence of these important affiliations, our legislators and other industry influencers may not understand the full impact of their actions and decisions on the real estate industry – a key driver of the economy.


If we learned anything over the past year, its that we need to remain strong and prepared for any challenge that could arise. IREM’s leadership is here to listen to members, respond to their needs, and explore the future of property management. Our members are under pressure to perform even when the road ahead is uncertain. IREM needs to hear them, be there to support them, remain flexible and adapt to their needs.

We’re not sure what the next year will bring, but we do know we need to be prepared for whatever it holds. To that end, IREM continues to enhance courses, tools, and publications to help members and non-members master core competencies and build new skills. We also plan to fill any gaps in our offering to stay on the forefront of property management, and continue to deliver for those we serve.

The demands on property managers have never been greater. But our network of members, chapters and leaders has never been stronger. And together, we thrive.