International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

Certified Facility Manager (CFM)


Credential: Certified Facility Manager (CFM)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential credential sets the industry standard for practicing facility managers and validates a manager’s ability and skill in 11 competencies of the facility management body of knowledge. CFM work varies widely, depending on facility size, industry, purpose, location and whether the CFM manages one or multiple facilities. Candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Facility Manager (CFM)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

800 Gessner Road
Ste. 900
Houston, TX  77024-4257

Phone: (713) 623-4362

Fax: (713) 623-6124
Email: ifma@ifma.org

Option 1:

Candidate must have three years of experience and must have a Bachelor's or Master's level Facility Management degree.

Option 2:

Candidate does not need a degree in Facility Management, but must have five years of experience.

The Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must complete an Ethics Assessment every other renewal cycle or every six years.

Written Exam

  • Occupancy and Human Factors
    • Workplace environment
    • Buildings, building systems, infrastructure, and grounds
    • Occupant services
    • Occupant health, safety, and security
  • Operations and Maintenance
    • Buildings, building systems, infrastructure, and grounds
    • Physical safety and security
    • Operations and maintenance processes
    • Work management support systems
    • Renewals and renovations
  • Sustainability
    • Energy management
    • Water management
    • Materials and consumables management
    • Waste management
    • Workplace and site management
    • Workplace and site management
  • Facility Information Management and Technology Management
    • Data collection and information management
    • Information protection and cyber-security
    • Technology needs assessment and implementation
    • Maintenance and upgrade of technology systems
  • Risk Management
    • Risk management planning
    • Emergency preparedness, response, and recovery
    • Facility resilience and business continuity
  • Communication
    • Planning
    • Quality management
    • Delivery
  • Performance and Quality
    • Quality management
    • Performance management
  • Leadership and Strategy
    • Strategic planning and alignment with the demand organization
    • Policies, procedures, and compliance
    • Individual and team management
    • Leadership
    • Relationship and conflict management
    • Change management
    • Corporate social responsibility
    • Political, social, economic, and industry factors affecting facility management
  • Finance and Business
    • Operational and capital budgeting
    • Evidence-based decision-making process (e.g. business case)
    • Procurement
    • Contracting
    • Financial analysis and reporting
  • Real Estate
    • Real estate strategies
    • Real estate assessment, acquisition, and disposal
    • Real estate asset management
    • Space management
    • Major projects and new construction
  • Project Management
    • Planning and design
    • Execution and delivery
    • Evaluation

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Facility Manager (CFM) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Facility Manager (CFM)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • In order to achieve recertification, certification holders are required to earn 120 maintenance points during the three-year cycle.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

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Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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