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Fundamentals of Commercial Real Estate Development

Embrace the Distinctive World of Commercial Real Estate Development.

Understand the art of commercial real estate in diverse market segments. Explore the unique aspects of industrial, retail, and office real estate, gaining valuable insights into market analysis, site selection, and long-term development strategies.​ Conduct comprehensive comparative and competitive analyses to fine-tune your projected pro-forma and make informed decisions.​

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About The Course

Fundamentals of Commercial Real Estate Development


Course Delivery:
Online, Self-Paced

Core course in Real Estate Development Professional certificate

Passing Grade:
70% on each graded assessment

This course is your gateway to the thriving world of commercial real estate. Designed for entry-level participants, this course unveils the fundamental differences between residential and commercial development. Delve into three distinct commercial market segments: industrial, retail, and office, and gain in-depth knowledge of market analysis, site selection, and the planning and construction process.

Through eight interactive lessons, you’ll explore the intricacies of marketing to commercial tenants and developing long-term strategies for commercial projects. Collaborate with peers and connect with expert guest speakers and senior leaders from across Canada, all while examining real-world examples of active commercial projects.

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Course Details


  • 8 interactive lessons that provide deep insights and practical expertise.
  • Engaging instructor videos to guide you through the commercial real estate development process.
  • Independent project work to apply your learnings to real-world commercial scenarios.
  • Downloadable Pre-Financing Report Template to facilitate your commercial development assessments.
  • Access to our exclusive LinkedIn Networking Group, connecting you with fellow real estate professionals.

Graded Assessments 

  • 3 multiple-choice progression quizzes to gauge your understanding throughout the course.
  • 1 multiple-choice final assessment to showcase your proficiency in commercial real estate development.

By completion of this course, successful learners will be able to:  

  1. Gain a high-level understanding of the current market environment for retail, industrial, and office properties in Canada, using Calgary as a case study.
  2. Familiarize yourself with commercial real estate terminology, industry-specific jargon, and scholarly articles’ references.
  3. Research and access vital market information related to the commercial real estate industry.
  4. Interact with key commercial real estate developers from across Canada through guest speakers and site visits.
  5. Assess site viability, determining the best use and marketability for commercial real estate projects.
  6. Differentiate construction financing requirements and evaluate the value of tenants across retail, industrial, and office market segments.
  7. Adapt marketing strategies to commercial real estate, recognizing the key differences when marketing to retail, industrial, and office users.
  8. Prepare a comprehensive project viability report and confidently present it to the class as if they were investors.

John Fisher 


John Fisher is an Executive Vice President, Advisory & Transaction Services at CBRE in Calgary, a Sessional Instructor at the Haskayne School of Business, a board member of NAIOP, North America’s largest commercial real estate development member-association, an instructor at the Real Estate Development Institute and an advisor to The City of Calgary, Calgary Economic Development, The Calgary Stampede, The Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies and a variety of private real estate firms, associations, and corporations. John has worked on a variety of notable projects across Canada and is frequently called upon for industry articles, speaking events and publications.

John has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) /Schulich School of Business (York University) and a BA in Economics (University of Calgary).

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Take one course, take several, in any order. We’ve designed the courses to meet the needs of a range of learners. You can customize your learning based on your professional goals.   

Not sure what you need? Contact us. We’re here to help. 

The average participant can complete the certificate in approximately one year. You must complete:  

Five Core Courses

  • Real Estate Development and Finance I 
  • Real Estate Development and the Planning Process 
  • Real Estate Marketing 
  • Real Estate Law 
  • Real Estate Development Management 


Two Elective Courses

  • Real Estate Development and Finance II 
  • Commercial Real Estate Development 
  • Mixed Use Real Estate Development 
  • Sales Management & Strategies  


Organizations or groups may be eligible for a group discount. Contact REDI’s Manager, Industry Relations for more information: 

No. The online Real Estate Development Professional (REDP) certificate is perfect for aspiring or new real estate development professionals across Canada. It builds foundational knowledge, skills, and frameworks that participants can take with them as they establish a career in real estate development. 

The in-person Real Estate Development Leadership (REDL) certificate is better-suited for individuals in Western Canada with some exposure to the real estate development industry. While the competencies and topics addressed in both programs are similar, REDL is an experiential program that includes peer learning, case studies, guest speakers, and site tours. 

Not sure which certificate meets your needs? Contact us:

You can start with any course. We recommend that certificate participants start with the core courses; this helps inform your learning for the elective courses. 

Each course is self-paced. You can study anytime, from anywhere with internet access! 

Based on current feedback and learner data, the average course time investment ranges from 5 to 10 hours depending on the learner’s current professional experience and subject matter knowledge.

  • Expert industry insights from REDI Canada’s national faculty.  
  • Current real-world projects, case studies, and lessons learned.  
  • Independent project work to showcase your skills and knowledge to prospective partners/employers.   
  • Access to downloadable frameworks to take with you.  

Each course includes several progress quizzes and a final assessment. Participants must achieve 70% on each to successfully pass the course. 

Yes, of course! Our team is available to answer your questions throughout the course.  



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REDI Canada Faculty

REDI Canada works with active industry professionals to develop and facilitate courses that meet industry and learner needs. Our instructors have expertise across a variety of industry areas and professional experience working across Canada.

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