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Professional Development

Suite of Credentials

Suite of Credentials and Professional Qualifications

The IFMA-RICS suite of credentials and professional qualifications provides opportunities for entry into and advancement in facility management. These options represent a full spectrum of professional development for every career stage, from new entrants to experienced practitioners

The IFMA-RICS collaboration also provides additional educational resources to help FMs find proven solutions to industry challenges, increase their knowledge base and stay informed about industry trends.

These learning resources are available on www.fm.training, a one-stop-shop for FM professional development.

Credentials

Facility Management Professional™ (FMP®)

Facility Management Professional

IFMA’s FMP is a knowledge-based credential for FM professionals looking to increase their depth-of-knowledge in the core FM topics deemed critical by employers.

  • The average five-year return on investment of IFMA credentials is 15:1 for credential holders.*
  • On average, IFMA credentials lead to a US$6,000 salary increase within the first year.*
  • Internationally recognized and industry-trusted
  • No prerequisites and no renewal costs.
  • Build practical skills you can apply to your job immediately.
  • Earn professional credibility and recognition from supervisors, clients and peers.

*According to the IFMA-sponsored research report, “Evaluating the Value: IFMA Facility Management Credentials.”​

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Certified Facility Manager®

Certified Facility Manager

IFMA’s CFM is an internationally recognized credential that sets the standard for ensuring the knowledge and competence of practicing facility managers. It is a competency-based certification that requires ongoing professional development and periodic renewal.

  • The average five-year return on investment in the CFM is 15:1.*
  • On average, IFMA credentials lead to a US$6,000 salary increase within the first year.*
  • Distinguish yourself as an experienced FM with demonstrated industry expertise.
  • Once certified, the renewal process will prove that you maintain your edge in FM proficiency.

*According to the IFMA-sponsored research report, “Evaluating the Value: IFMA Facility Management Credentials.”​

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Facility Management Learning System® and CFM preparation resources

Certified Facility Manager

The IFMA FM Learning System (FMLS) is a premier quality review course designed to help you prepare for the CFM Exam in the time frame and learning format that best suits you. The FMLS is not a credential, but a review course to help you reach your professional development goals through the following tools:

  • Save time with SmartStudy™ tools — customize your learning plan to streamline your study time.
  • Build exam-day confidence by practicing in a competency-based exam tool similar to the CFM Exam format.
  • Understand important aspects of taking a competency-based exam with a test-taking tips webinar. 

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​Note: Materials offered by IFMA to prepare for the CFM Exam, such as the FM Learning System, are optional study resources and are not a requirement of eligibility nor are they endorsed by the ​Credentialing Commission.​


Sustainability Facility Professional®

Sustainability Facility Professional

IFMA’s SFP is an assessment-based certificate program delivering a specialty credential in sustainability. By earning your SFP credential, you will develop and gain recognition for your expertise in sustainable FM practices while impacting your organization’s economic, environmental and social bottom lines.

  • The average five-year return on investment of IFMA credentials is 15:1 for credential holders.*
  • On average, IFMA credentials lead to a US$6,000 salary increase within the first year.*
  • Maximize efficiencies to boost your triple bottom line: people, planet and profit
  • Learn to use knowledge-based, data-driven methods to drive decisions.
  • Gain recognition and credibility with a unique sustainability skillset.
  • No pre-requisites, no renewal costs, and you can earn 30-70 general continuing education hours toward LEED maintenance.

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RICS Chartered Qualification (MRICS)

RICS Chartered Qualification

A chartered qualification demonstrating regulated, FM professional and strategic advisory expertise and ethics for FMs with a combination of academic and/or professional credentials, as well as experience.

  • Professionals who hold the CFM are eligible for expedited direct entry to the MRICS qualification.
  • RICS chartered qualification holders report a competitive advantage with increased earnings of as much as US$16K per year.
  • Chartered qualification connects you with a network of 126,000 RICS professionals worldwide.

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RICS Associate Qualification (AssocRICS)

Associate RICS qualification

A qualification demonstrating regulated, technical FM expertise and ethics for technical and commercial experts with four years of FM experience or a credential recognized by RICS.

  • CFMs are eligible for direct entry, meaning you could qualify without completing the written assessment.
  • Industry-recognized benchmark for technical expertise.
  • Chartered qualification connects you with a network of 126,000 RICS professionals worldwide.

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FM Professional Development

Essentials of Facility Management®

Essentials of Facility Management

The Essentials of Facility Management is a series of training workshops that describes the field of facility management and its organizational value.

  • Teams unite using consistent terminology and tactics.
  • Learn the language and basic concepts of FM.
  • Know the value of FM to an organization.
  • Understand daily FM tasks and challenges.

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Online Training

fm.training

Increase on-the-job knowledge, work toward solutions and increase your impact on a schedule that works for you with online learning opportunities and video courses on www.fm.training.

  • Earn continuing education units and CFM Maintenance Points.
  • Find solutions to your most pressing FM challenges.
  • Stay up-to-date on industry trends.
  • Access convenient video and e-learning content.

What you’ll find at fm.training:

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Corporate/group training

Groups of five or more can customize a learning experience with a program that best suits your organization’s needs. Contact IFMA to discuss your options.