Certified Facility Manager (CFM)Facility Management Professional (FMP)Sustainability Facility Professional


Becoming a Certified Facility Manager (CFM)

IFMA offers the first certification program designed specifically for facility professionals. IFMA's certification is structured to tap into the experience and educational backgrounds of facility managers and test for professional competence. It is the backbone that supports the enhanced integrity and international recognition of the profession. The certification program tests the knowledge and experience of facility management professionals through a comprehensive exam that focuses on the following eleven competency areas:

  • Communication
  • Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Finance and Business
  • Human Factors
  • Leadership and Strategy
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Project Management
  • Quality
  • Real Estate & Property Management
  • Technology

Since the program began in 1992, more than 3,100 facility managers from 32 countries have achieved this prestigious recognition. After becoming a Certified Facility Manger, individuals are required to participate in various educational sessions and other professional development activities to maintain their certification.

CFM Point Information

CFM Members who attend many of IFMA Calgary Chapter's events can receive 1 CFM Maintenance point for their participation (based on a 1 hour event).  When an individual attends an event that is applicable for CFM maintenance points, the individual is responsible for submitting those points at the time of renewal (self-reporting system). A registration receipt or certificate of participation is required documentation.  Please note, IFMA has moved into a new credentialing software system - known as CAMP. Individuals are able to self-report directly into their record via the ifma.org website as they earn these points.  Often, these programs are entered under the Section II E Seminar category and receive one point per hour of the class or program.

Contact IFMA Headquarters

Full details of the IFMA CFM Program (link to IFMA.com site) are available by contacting IFMA Certification.


The Facility Management Professional Program (FMP)

Throughout the years, IFMA has appreciated the need for a designation similar to the CFM for beginning and transitioning facility professionals who do not yet have the hands-on experience requisite for obtaining the CFM. In response to that need, in October of 2004, IFMA launched the Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation. An entry-level, knowledge-based credential, the FMP is geared toward FMs with less than five years of experience and designed to accelerate an FM's transition into the profession.

The Candidates/Who Should Apply

  • Facility management practitioners with less than five years of experience
  • Transitioning professionals with significant experience in former related careers
  • Partner practitioners such as architects, designers and safety engineers
  • Associated corporate providers of FM products and services
  • Students entering the profession from colleges, universities, certificate or technical programs

A Springboard for Obtaining Certification

Because the FMP program is designed to not only broaden a beginner's knowledge and professional networks, but also hasten the progression from novice to specialist, it is an ideal catalyst to early candidacy for the CFM.
FMs who commence their career path by obtaining the FMP and maintaining their professional growth through the FMP program, build their competence and confidence levels and have a greater chance of successfully completing the CFM Exam and joining the elite circle of Certified Facility Managers.
IFMA's CFM Exam is competency-based, testing a professional's abilities relative to standards that define the practice of facility management. The CFM is a higher-level credential than a knowledge-based program. IFMA's FMP is designed to bring you one step closer to achieving the CFM, the most respected designation in facility management.


The FMP designation requires six (6) credits and can be completed in approximately 12 months. Training for the FMP will be available through IFMA and approved providers (partner associations, community colleges, training companies) and a variety of learning formats (conferences, chapters, on-site seminars, online courses and IFMA Recognized Programs).
FMP candidates may customize and integrate their training to build the specific knowledge they need to meet individual goals. The FMP Business Workshop is the only course required to be taken through IFMA.
Because the FMP program is designed to not only broaden a beginner's knowledge and professional networks, but also hasten the progression from novice to specialist, it is an ideal catalyst to early candidacy for the CFM.

Contact IFMA Headquarters

Full details of the IFMA FMP Program (link to IFMA.com site) are available on the IFMA HQ website or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Encourage a Friend to Earn the FMP Credential

What has the Facility Management Professional credential done for you?

Encourage a colleague to experience the benefits of recognition by becoming an FMP®!

As an FMP, you understand the value of the training and the credential. Did you know that the FMP credential is now more relevant and convenient than ever before?

IFMA is proud to announce that the enhanced FMP Credential Program™ was released in September. This complete credentialing program was developed for a global workforce by a global subject matter expert team. This series of four courses combines printed materials, interactive online study tools, and online FMP final assessments to teach and assess the knowledge and skills demanded by today’s global employers

The IFMA FMP Credential Program can help your friend or colleague:

  • Create a broad foundation of knowledge critical to success in the FM profession.
  • Distinguish themselves from their peers.
  • Accelerate their transition into the FM profession and advance their career.
  • Earn recognition for their knowledge and dedication.
  • FMP books and online tools.

For more information or to try the free demo, visit www.IFMA.org/fmp.

IFMA Credential Program Distribution Center
2975 Lone Oak Drive, Suite 180
Eagan, MN 55121-1553


The IFMA Headquarters Education Department is sending a series of communications to IFMA Chapters related to the FMP Credentialing Program and enhancements to the content and delivery model for this program.  The link below is to a letter that has been sent out to all students that are currently in the process of achieving their FMP.  It includes some very important information regarding the FMP Credentialing Program enhancements and their options for completion of their FMP credential. 

Letter to FMP Students with Webinar Schedule 


Introducing IFMA's New Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) Credential Course SFP COURSES

The new IFMA SFP Credential Program course is designed to provide FM professionals, related industry professionals, and product and service providers with a complete picture of how SFPs can improve the sustainability of facilities in all eight major categories of sustainable facility management as defined by IFMA: energy, water, materials and resources, workplace management, indoor environmental quality, quality of services, waste and site impact. The series of three focus areas will equip the SFP to integrate sustainability efforts with the organization’s values and strategies, present a business case for a sustainability initiative, evaluate initiatives from a financial point of view, and track and report accomplishments:

• Strategy and Alignment for Sustainable Facility Management
• Managing Sustainable Facilities
• Operating Sustainable Facilities



For a list of upcoming BOMA Courses applicable to Facility Managers, please visit IFMA Calgary Chapter's event calendar available on this website.

For more information on BOMA's courses, please contact:

Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Calgary Region
120, 4954 Richard Road SW, Calgary T3E 6L1
Ph: 403-237-0559
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BOMA Education Link



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