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Online CRE Professional Development

Connect CRE Professional Development delivers a unique educational experience that provides essential sustainability skills needed by commercial real estate professionals.

Learn how to become a commercial real estate professional

Commercial real estate transactions can be specialized and complex so it’s crucial you equip yourself or your team with the skills needed to stay ahead of the ever-changing industry topics, compliance and regulatory challenges. Whether expanding your current knowledge base, starting a new CRE career or building your professional portfolio, Connect Professional Development offers online courses that will provide you with the skills you need to become an authority in your market and the property type you specialize in.

Available Professional Development Courses

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Self-paced learning

Online courses allow you to have complete control of your learning experience from start to finish and allow you to complete them in a timeframe that fits your schedule. This flexibility is beneficial for busy CRE professionals who need to balance learning with their work, family and other commitments.

World Class Education

Our learner-centered online professional development courses offer a world-class learning experience, meticulously designed and developed by expert instructional designers following the systematic instructional design model ADDIE. These courses were made by and for CRE professionals to ensure the highest level of expertise and relevance.


Showcase your achievement by earning a shareable completion certificate that may satisfy HR or professional development requirements or to invest in yourself by including it in your career portfolio.

Practical Skills & Knowledge

Becoming a commercial real estate professional is often a lengthy process and takes time to reach the desired level of success. Set yourself apart from others by acquiring invaluable expertise that can be immediately applied to your work and your organization.

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Have Questions? We Have Answers

How much does a professional development course cost?

Our online professional development courses are competitively priced but what makes them unique is that they’re developed specifically with the commercial real estate professional in mind. However, you don’t have to be a CRE professional to benefit from the courses.

How can Connect Professional development help me in commercial real estate?

Commercial real estate transactions can be specialized and complex so it’s crucial you equip yourself and your team with the skills needed to stay ahead of the ever-changing industry topics, compliance and regulatory challenges. Our online courses are designed by CRE professionals for CRE professionals.

How long are professional development courses?

Courses range in time and typically depend on the content. They can be anywhere from one hour to three hours. Courses are self-paced and can be accessed 24/7 and completed on your time.

What are the start dates for the courses?

The courses are open enrollment and you can begin taking it immediately after purchase. Can’t get it done all in one day? No worries. Our courses can be paused and resumed when you are ready to complete them.

Do courses ever expire?

Connect Classroom Professional Development courses expire one year after purchase. Once the course expires, you will no longer have access to it.

Why Should I work with Connect Classroom over others?

Connect Classroom is your partner in learning. Whether you’re new to CRE or want to upskill your career with a professional development course, we have you covered. Each Connect Classroom Professional Development course is developed by experts in the commercial real estate industry and focus on the topics that are most relevant to you and your career.

What is ADDIE & what does it stand for?

Our learner-centered online continuing education courses offer a world-class learning experience, meticulously designed and developed by expert instructional designers following the systematic instructional design model ADDIE. These courses are designed and developed using industry subject matter expert input to ensure the highest level of expertise and relevance.

Analysis –

determine the professional learning need or interest in a topic, research and gathering relevant content, analyze and fact check its credibility-relatability-usefulness, and then define the learning objectives.

Design –

Create a blueprint of the course which involves defining the overall structure and organization of the course, learning objectives QA (quality assurance), determining the instructional methods, selecting appropriate media and technologies, and outlining assessment strategies.

Development –

Develop the content into lessons, topics, quizzes, participatory scenarios, the final exam, and QA the learning objectives using course to lessons and lessons to topics matching.

Implementation –

Implement online course deployment, making it accessible for governing body review and approval. Courses are then made available to learners and customers.


Once courses are live and are being completed by learners, Connect Classroom provides surveys for the course and reviews feedback for constant improvement.

"As a licensed real estate broker, educator, tutor and coach I have been extremely impressed with the continuing education content provided by Connect Classroom. I am also a real estate course time auditor, which means I see and read the courses as they are developed. Not only are they a help for my continuing real estate education but they show how Connect Classroom is continually looking for new approaches to making real estate continuing education more relevant. For example, they have interactive questions and debriefs to help with the content evaluation. Then they have a course overview summary. All this helps the person taking the course to be more aware of the content as well as helping them to retain it for everyday use in their real estate careers."
Matthew Ody Professional Development
. – Matthew Ody,
GSI, CNE® Real Estate Instructor/Tutor/Coach/Connect Classroom Professional Development Course Designer

How It Works

Connect Professional Development courses are available 24/7 and combine the classroom environment and online learning with national and state by state and regulatory topics that are suitable for any level. Courses offer a wealth of resources that can enhance your learning experience like videos, interactive quizzes, case studies, and simulations. Many courses also provide learner materials and resources that help you gain a more comprehensive understanding of the topic.

1. Select the courses that are right for you.

2. Make your purchase and gain instant access online and from anywhere.

3. All certificates and CE credits are recorded and accessible through your member dashboard with a single click and can be downloaded and shared.

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Who Should Enroll

These courses are designed for:

CRE Professionals

Professionals looking to launch or advance their careers, fill a knowledge gap, or transition within the CRE industry.


Individuals dedicated to continual performance improvement to bolster their career pathway or increase their value to their organization.


Organizations seeking to provide internal training to educate and empower leaders and teams. If you are interested in registering multiple people for your organization, please see more information below about your role as facilitator.

Your Role as Facilitator

If you are facilitating registrations for your organization, you may be wondering what you’ll need to do. Connect Professional Development will work with you during the registration process so that you may continue to focus on your daily job requirements. You can be involved in the learning process as little or as much as you want.  Depending on your organizational goals, you can leverage the courses in two ways:

  • Option 1

    You can choose to let your team work independently on completing the courses on their time as they are self-paced. Once the course is completed, the learners can provide you with a completion certificate that may satisfy your organizations requirements;

  • Option 2

    You can act as a guide and create a synchronous learning environment that fosters discussion and shared experiences. Learners would complete the course at the same time and upon completion, you may facilitate group discussions reviewing the content and encourage critical thinking.

No matter what your organizational goals may be, Connect Professional Development courses will provide a culture of professional development and lifelong learning that is crucial to your organizations success.

Instructor Information

Courses are designed by industry professionals who bring experience and a deep understanding of industry topics that help lay a foundation for success.

Marsennia Wells

Industry Expert, Instructor

M.S. Ed, M.A. – Instructor at Connect Classroom

Marsennia Wells is Manager of Instructional and Learning Design for Connect Classroom and Connect Professional Development. As instructor and principal instructional designer, she designs and develops learner-centered online continuing education courses that are interesting, engaging and industry informative and relevant.

She has over 15 years of utilizing her expert knowledge to design successful instructional courses, seminars, and training in many corporate, non-profit, and higher education environments such as Eli Lily and Co., Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Grant Thornton LLP, Nipsco, Riverdale, IL Park District, Valparaiso University, University of Illinois at Chicago and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, IN.

Marsennia has also worked as an Organization Development and Performance Improvement professional for private organizations and in higher education. In this role she created and lead companies in establishing employee and vendor onboarding programs, professional position and soft skills training programs, hybrid transformation to e-commerce-based business, and identifying and capitalizing on niche opportunities.

Daniel Ceniceros

Industry Expert

CEO at Connect Commercial Real Estate

Daniel Ceniceros is the founder and CEO of Connect Media, an integrated media company and creative agency that specializes in the commercial real estate and finance industries. With nearly 30 years of experience, Daniel has guided the largest brands in these industries and continues to shape the national media landscape, having developed programs for some of the largest owners, investors, developers and brokerage firms globally.

Daniel started his career at a creative agency, where he worked with residential real estate developers and commercial real estate clients. He is a cofounder of and Real Estate Southern California Magazine and formerly led the Real Estate Media Group at ALM.

Connect Media has been included on the annual Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America and The Financial Times’ annual ranking of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies and is certified by the NMSDC. Daniel is an active member of the Latino Business Action Network.

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