CFM Info


"Why CFM?"

Contributed by - Christine H. Neldon, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow, Regional Project Manager for The St Paul. Companies

You have a great job. Your employer is rock solid. Your last performance rating was excellent and the future looks bright. One day, you go to work and your job no longer exists. It happens easier and faster than you can imagine.
When you enter a tight job market, what will distinguish you from the crowd? Employers look for leaders and demonstrated 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. What better example of leadership than to choose to be the best and advertise it.

When I recently entered the job market after years with the same job, I was very concerned about my marketability. How could I be sure my skills would translate to a new place and were they even still valid in the current market? By becoming a CFM and maintaining the designation, I was forced to update my skills yearly to keep the designation. Without realizing it, I was preparing for the day when a job change became essential.

Where would I be now if I had been forced to find a new job and had not stayed current in my profession? How could I answer a prospective employer's questions about my education in facility management? What could I offer to separate me from the pack? A CFM is more important than you think!

The CFM exam is now being conducted electronically at Prometric Inc. locations throughout North America. This means that the exam can now be taken Monday through Friday throughout the year at over 300 locations. Previously, the exam was conducted three times a year in designated cities. The IFMA headquarters web site contains detailed information regarding the CFM exam process, including an on-line application and self-assessment section.


The Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential sets the industry standard for ensuring knowledge and abilities of practicing facility managers. The certification process is designed to assess competence in the field through work experience, education and the ability to pass a comprehensive exam. Since the program began in 1992, more than 3100 facility managers from 32 countries have achieved this prestigious recognition.

IFMA recognized the need for a designation for entry- to mid-level and transitioning facility professionals who do not yet have the hands-on experience required for obtaining the CFM. A knowledge-based credential, the Facility Management Professional (FMP) is designed to accelerate an FM's transition into the profession. The coursework for the FMP is designed to provide participants with the critical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in facility management.