Modern Industrial Development Course

Course length: 5 hours / 4 modules
Level: Intermediate
Designed for: Developers, owners, and investors.
Course Access: Upon enrollment, students have 90 days to complete this course.

The industrial warehouse of today has come a long way from its basic “big box” predecessor. This course provides professionals with an understanding of the components of the modern industrial warehouses being developed today, and an overview of the steps involved in the ground-up development of these industrial buildings. Explore the roles, analytical tools used, critical decisions, tasks, risks and pitfalls that apply at each step of the industrial development process. The course begins with an overview of the product type, then moves on to niche topics including infill development, cold storage and the supply chain.

Course modules:
  1. Industrial Development Fundamentals
  2. Approaches to Infill Development
  3. Understanding the Temperature-controlled Environment
  4. Goods Distribution and the Supply Chain

If you would like to purchase an individual course module instead of the full course, visit the individual course page.

Tuition & Register

Payment for a NAIOP on-demand course entitles access for one person only to the course and all materials.

Course Tuition

Member TypeUSDCAD
Developing Leader$280$378
University Faculty Member$149$201
Student Member$149$201
Student Nonmember$199$269

How to Register

  • Register online: Click on the green Register button at the top of the page. You will need to log in or create a free account in order to see the Register button.
  • Mail: Send check payments to: NAIOP, CL500060, PO Box 5007, Merrifield, VA 22116-5007
  • Register over the phone/questions: 866-666-6780

Note: You have 90 days from the date you register to complete this course. 


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Cancellation Policy

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Module 1: Industrial Development Fundamentals
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. Industrial real estate developers work with teams of consultants, financial partners and municipalities throughout every step of the industrial development process to assess and maximize value in developing industrial buildings. This module offers an in-depth look at the steps involved in the development of an industrial building and the information used to determine if an industrial opportunity for a bulk warehouse meets a developer’s investment criteria.
Module 2: Approaches to Infill Development
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. Consumer demand for same-day delivery, the need for last-mile logistics, municipal redevelopment and economic growth strategies are just a few of the factors driving infill development. This module explores the new, in-demand building types for infill, the trends and policies at the municipal and state levels that support redevelopment of industrial space in urban locations, and why the benefits outweigh the risks and cost.
Module 3: Understanding the Temperature-controlled Environment
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. The food and pharmaceutical temperature-sensitive product industries (those requiring refrigeration storage and transportation) are driving the need for cold chain and temperature-controlled environments close to dense consumer populations. This module examines these trends and the current market landscape, details how these environments differ from the traditional industrial project, the specialized building features required and the challenges associated with these facilities.
Module 4: Goods Distribution and the Supply Chain
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. Consumer buying habits and a demand for convenience have resulted in an unprecedented shift in the retail industry. With omnichannel retail as the new norm, the design of the traditional warehouse and distribution supply chain have changed, and with it, a rising need for storage and distribution warehouses and last-mile fulfillment facilities close to dense consumer populations.
MIDOD Evaluation
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Modern Industrial Development Transcript
5.00 PDH, AIA Learning Units credits  |  Certificate available
5.00 PDH, AIA Learning Units credits  |  Certificate available

"Having been in industrial development for 40 years, I found the course defining with respect to how it completely outlines the landscape of industrial/logistics real estate in an organized and engaging format."
Mark Bounds, Owner, Mark S Bounds Realty Partners

"This course was excellent as it provided the key elements concerning the recent trends around distribution and cold-storage real estate development."
Richard Blackwell, Vice President of Development, Southeast Region, Agracel, Inc

"As a design professional in the structural engineering discipline, the course was useful in furthering my knowledge on the reasons for development decisions to be made from a risk/reward investment standpoint."
Mike Sugrue, Senior Project Manager at SMBH, Inc.

"This was the perfect introduction course to allow me to feel comfortable in my new role in industrial real estate.  I now have a clear understanding of the development process."
Kate McCulloch, Development Coordinator, Hillwood

"This is a great course for observers of industrial real-estate (appraisers, mortgage lenders, brokers etc.) to gain a great understanding of how the buildings we see actually function on a day-to-day basis."
F. Michael Wootton, Vice President, Central,  Altus Group