Top Five Reasons to Get Certified

 

The Certified Facilities Manager (CFM) credential sets the industry standard for ensuring the knowledge and abilities of practicing facility managers.  The CFM exam is a competency-based, testing what a person can do compared to standards that define the practice of facility management.  IFMA's competency-based program is at a higher level than a knowledge-based program (Facilities Management Professional, FMP), reflecting the growing importance of facility management in the international business world.

The CFM is the only global facility management certification available.

  1. Distinguish Yourself.
    In todayís competitive job market, your CFM status puts you ahead of the competition. Certified facility managers have proven their abilities and demonstrated their commitment to achieving excellence in the profession.
  2. Invest in Your Future.
    On average, CFMs earn 18% more than a non-certified facility manager. Earning your CFM is one of the most important career decisions you can make.
  3. Demonstrate Your Leadership and Initiative.
    . It is not easy to achieve CFM status. The CFM designation is a tangible sign of your success. Share the expertise and mentor up-and-coming members.
  4. 4. Advance Your Profession.
    Facility managers must be proficient in a wide range of competencies. The CFM program articulates the level of skill and talent required of the profession.
  5. Enhance Your Professional Network.
    Enjoy opportunities to network during special CFM events. IFMA Chapter and Council Members receive special recognition for their achievements.

Additional Benefits to Your Organization

  • Defines Your Search and Assures Quality.  Organizations that have CFMs ensure their facilities are being managed by competent, experienced professionals.
  • Maintains Professional Standards.  IFMA has led the way in establishing recognized standards of knowledge and skills critical to the profession.
  • Focuses and Maps Professional Development.  All CFMs are required to continue to grow professional to maintain certification.

The 5 Step Program

Step 1 - Candidate Requirements
Candidates must meet the education and experience requirements outlined by IFMA.   Candidates must fall into one of the following education or work experience categories:

Education*                                                                 

Years of FM Experience

FM Masters Degree or Bachelors Degree from IFMA recognized program

3 years

Related Bachelors Degree                                        

4 years

Non-related Bachelors Degree or Associates Degree

5 years

Some post-secondary education                               

8 years

*all categories require some form of continuing education within the past 5 years.

Step 2 - Assess your readiness/Competency Area Courses

Review the nine core competency areas on the IFMA website and establish your level of knowledge.  If you are unsure of your readiness you have two options A) take the CFM online self-assessment or B) attend a competency area course offered through the Northern Illinois University and IFMA Partnership. This allows candidates to look at their experience in detail as it relates to each competency. 

The following courses will be held on the schedule below and offered through IFMA National Headquarters:

Course Name

2010 Dates and Locations

Business of FM

April 11-13
Philadelphia, PA
(Facility Fusion)

May 18-21
Houston, TX       

 

 

Operations  & Maintenance

March 23-24
Houston, TX

April 14-16
Philadelphia, PA (Facility Fusion)

April 16-17
Philadelphia, PA
(Facility Fusion)

June 17-18
Houston, TX

Planning & Project Management

February 11-12
Houston, TX

April 11-12
Philadelphia, PA (Facility Fusion)

April 16-17
Philadelphia, PA (Facility Fusion)

 

Leadership & Management

February 9-10
Houston, TX

April 11-12
Philadelphia, PA (Facility Fusion)

April 16-17
Philadelphia, PA (Facility Fusion)

June 15-16
Houston, TX

Quality & Assessment

April 16-17
Philadelphia, PA
(Facility Fusion)

 

 

 

CFM Review

April 16-17
Philadelphia, PA
(Facility Fusion)

 

 

 

The following courses will be held on the schedule below and offered through the Northern Illinois University and IFMA Partnership:

Business of FM

January 29-30 Naperville, IL
(NIU Campus)

February 5-6
Naperville, IL
(NIU Campus)

May 7-8
Chicago, IL
(University Center)

May 14-15
Chicago, IL
(University Center)

Operations & Maintenance

March 5-6
Naperville, IL
(NIU Campus)

June 25-26
Chicago, IL
(University Center)

 

 

Planning & Project Management

March 19-20
Naperville, IL
(NIU Campus)

July 9-10
Chicago, IL
(University Center)

 

 

Leadership & Management

February 19-20
Naperville, IL
(NIU Campus)

June 11-12
Chicago, IL
(University Center)

 

 

Finance

April 9-10
Naperville, IL
(NIU Campus)

 

 

 

Real Estate

April 23-24
Naperville, IL
(NIU Campus)

 

 

 

Human & Environmental Factors

July 16-17
Chicago, IL
(University Center)

 

 

 

Communication

July 23-24
Chicago, IL
(University Center)

 

 

 

Quality Assessment & Innovation

Coming Fall 2010

 

 

 

Technology

Coming Fall 2010

 

 

 

CFM Review Course

April 30
Naperville, IL
(NIU Campus)

May 1
Naperville, IL
(NIU Campus)

 

 

IFMA's Sustainable FM: A Practitioner's Guide to Greening Your Facility - May 18 & 19, University Center, Chicago, IL - IFMA Guest Presenter: Archer "Kit" Tuveson, IFMA Fellow

Step 3 -Submit your application through the national IFMA website.

Fee: IFMA member $525.00
       Nonmember $775.00

Step 4 -Schedule and pass the computerized, 180 multiple choice question exam.

Within several days of the submission, approved candidates are emailed instructions on how to contact the IFMA testing provider to schedule the exam.  Candidates must take the exam within 3 months of acceptance.

Step 5 - You are a CFM!!

Once you receive your official notification, you may begin using the CFM after your name. You will receive a certificate, lapel pin and press release in your welcome packet.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Why take the CFM Online Self Assessment?

It is designed to help you:

  • Assess your current level of facility management knowledge and experience
  • Familiarize yourself with the types of questions you will see on the certification exam
  • Determine if you have the right balance of experience and knowledge to successfully complete the exam

CFM Self Assessment - Practice Tests

  • The online self assessment serves as a roadmap for your exam preparation. Candidates are able to identify their strongest competency areas as well as the areas that require additional development.
  • The self assessment allows candidates to practice by taking a 54 question test. There are six questions for each of the nine competencies.  Candidates work from nine sections and go section to section. They answer all questions in the section and are able to go back and review their answers.  Once they are satisfied with the answers, they submit the answers. At this point, candidates are unable to go back.  They then move to the next section.  The self assessment must be completed in one sitting. The assessment cannot be printed. When all sections are complete and submitted, the candidates get the results immediately.
    • Fee: IFMA member $39.95
    • Nonmember $79.95

Candidates are only allowed to take this assessment once.   After you pay, you have 30 calendar days to log on and take the practice test.  If you don't take the test within the 30 days, your password will expire and will need to pay again.

What are the costs of the courses?

Courses

Member Price
Early Registration

Nonmember Price
Early Registration

Member Price
Late Registration

Nonmember Price
Late Registration

Business of Facility Management

 

 

 

 

Online through IFMA National (including all delivery fees)       

$1,049.75

$1,299.75

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IFMA National Headquarter Instructor-led (4 days) 

$995.00

$1,195.00

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Northern Illinois University Instructor-led (2 days)

$895.00

$1,045.00

$970.00

$1,120.00

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership and Management Competency Course

 

 

 

 

Online through IFMA National (including all delivery fees)       

$543.80

$743.80

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IFMA National Headquarter Instructor-led (2 days)

$495.00

$695.00

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Northern Illinois University Instructor-led (1 day)

$545.00

$595.00

$620.00

$670.00

 

 

 

 

 

Operations and Maintenance Competency Course

 

 

 

 

Online through IFMA National (including all delivery fees)       

$679.75

$929.75

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IFMA National Headquarter Instructor-led (2 days)

$495.00

$695.00

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Northern Illinois University Instructor-led (1 day)

$545.00

$595.00

$620.00

$670.00

 

 

 

 

 

Planning and Project Management Competency Course

 

 

 

 

Online through IFMA National (including all delivery fees)       

$543.80

$743.80

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IFMA National Headquarter Instructor-led (2 days)

$495.00

$695.00

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Northern Illinois University Instructor-led (1 day)

$545.00

$595.00

$620.00

$670.00

 

 

 

 

 

Finance Competency Course

 

 

 

 

Online through IFMA National (including all delivery fees)       

$679.75

$929.75

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Northern Illinois University Instructor-led (1 day)

$545.00

$595.00

$620.00

$670.00

 

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Competency Course

 

 

 

 

Online through IFMA National (including all delivery fees)       

$543.80

$743.80

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Northern Illinois University Instructor-led (1 day)

$545.00

$595.00

$620.00

$670.00

 

 

 

 

 

CFM Review

 

 

 

 

IFMA National Headquarters (2 days)

$495.00

$695.00

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Northern Illinois University Instructor-led (2 day)

$545.00

$595.00

$620.00

$670.00

What are the maintenance requirements for the CFM?
The certification is valid for three years. During this time CFMs are required to earn 120 maintenance points in at least two of the following four categories:

  1. Practice
  2. Continuing Education
  3. Professional Involvement
  4. Development of the Profession

To maintain their credential, CFMs must submit a list of the activities they performed along with the appropriate supporting documentation and submit a processing fee of:

  • Fee: IFMA member $200.00
    Nonmember $250.00

The maintenance packages must be received before three months after each CFMs expiration date to be considered on time. Packages received three months and one day to six months after the expiration date will also need to include a $100 fee.  If more than six months pass, the exam must be retaken.

Who Should Apply?

You do not have to be a member of IFMA to take advantage, nor do you automatically become an IFMA member once you receive the credentials.  Individuals in related fields such as architecture, interior design, etc. who meet the requirements may qualify for the exam.

What is the exam format?
The computerized exam consists of 180 multiple-choice questions related to the nine competencies. Candidates are given 4 hours in which to complete the entire exam.  Accepted candidates may schedule the exam at their convenience* at one of the Prometric's 300 testing centers in the U.S and Canada. You can check the national IFMA website for a complete list of testing sites.  *testing must occur within 90 days of candidate acceptance.

Is there candidate assistance available?

Online Certification Preparedness
The Certification Preparedness allows candidates to look at their experience in detail as it relates to each competency.

CFM Self-Assessment Test
Candidates who wish to practice for the CFM Exam may choose to take this 54-question self-assessment test. There are six questions from each of the nine competencies. Similar to the CFM exam, the questions appear in random order and give the candidate an experience similar to the actual examination. Upon completion of the self assessment, candidates receive results by competency and can print a copy of their results.

Publications
CFM Study Guide: This publication consists of more than 200 pages of case studies, sample questions, core competency summaries, glossary, a detailed outline of the structure of the exam and an explanation of the exam process.
*It is important to note that the CFM Study Guide was not designed to serve as a comprehensive study resource, but as a supplementary handbook to assist candidates in preparing for the CFM Exam.

Courses
IFMA offers a CFM Exam Review course at different locations throughout the year. IFMA also offers courses for each of the nine competencies in both instructor-led and online formats.

Study Groups
IFMA chapters and councils organize study groups, offer CFM Exam Reviews and mentor prospective CFMs. Contact your chapter or council for more information.

What if I don't pass the first time?
 Don't give up! IFMA will send you a letter listing the two or three competency areas in which you scored lowest. This information should be used as a learning opportunity to prepare for taking the exam again.  Information on re-testing is also included in the letter.

Why CFM?

  • You want to distinguish yourself from the crowd. 
  • Employers are looking for leaders who demonstrate skill in an area of practice. Your CFM shows you have the interest and skill in facility management to be the best.  It shows you have the tenacity to keep those skills sharp year after year.
  • Earning your CFM is one of the most important career decisions you can make.

 

Contact Information:

Northern Illinois University Contact:
Donna Mann
815-732-6249
dmann@niu.edu

IFMA Chicago Chapter Education Committee Contact:
Michael Galliani, LEED GA
773-235-0803 x101
mgalliani@millicare.net

IFMA Chicago Chapter Contact:
Caree Martens, FMP
312-601-8451
cmartens@archinsurance.com