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The CFM credential sets the industry standard for ensuring knowledge and competence of practicing facility managers.  It is the most respected global credential in facility management. 

Why should you get certified? 

  • Certified Facility Managers have proven their abilities and demonstrated their commitment to achieving excellence in the profession.
  • Earning your CFM is one of the most important career decisions you can make.
  • It's not easy to achieve CFM status.  The CFM designation is a tangible sign of your success. 
  • Facility managers must be proficient in a wide range of competencies and the CFM designation shows the level and skill you have achieved.

Certification Process

  1. Candidate Requirements - Candidates must meet the education and experience requirements outlined by IFMA.  Contact IFMA at www.ifma.org for detail.
  2. Submit Your Application For the Exam- Once you have taken your courses and are ready to take the exam, you may submit your CFM application through the IFMA Web site at www.ifma.org.

Courses to help you prepare for the CFM exam

CFM Exam Prep Workshop

The CFM Exam covers the broad range of facility management duties. The CFM Exam Prep Workshop focuses on tools that can lead to success on the exam, techniques to perceive situations, and the importance of maintaining the right perspective.

This workshop is designed to assist facility professionals seeking certification with preparation for the competency-based examination. The instructors are Certified Facility Managers who have many years of facility management experience and can inspire participants' confidence in their ability to successfully complete the examination, earning the distinction and privilege of being a CFM.

Workshop participants are expected to have the necessary knowledge of the competencies tested on the CFM Exam when attending this workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to use the tools that can lead to success on the CFM Exam.
  • Understand the overall concept of the exam and focus on the methodology of the exam.
  • Learn to apply critical thinking skills and discuss the rationales used.

Participants will:

  • Review the overall methodology of the exam and practice applying FM knowledge in a competency-based exam.
  • Practice applying critical thinking skills and discuss the rationales used in practice exam questions.
  • Review exam-taking skills and strategies lead to success on the CFM Exam.
  • Learn from CFM instructors who have been trained to share their knowledge and valuable experience.

All attendees should meet the candidate eligibility requirements set forth by IFMA and possess the necessary FM knowledge and skills required of all candidates.

Course Instructors:  Mark Kischner CFM and Jerry DiCola FMP, SFP, CFM

LocationTimePriceEvent NumberRegister Online
5/16/2014 NIU Naperville 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $395- Regular
$295- IFMA member/NIU alumni
#13315 Select
1/23/2015 NIU Hoffman Estates 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $395- Regular
$295- IFMA member/NIU alumni
#13523 Select

Add $50 for registrations within 14 days of class start.

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