Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act
The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (PL 111-308) requires all federal personnel providing building operations and maintenance services to demonstrate competency in their performance areas.
How will the law affect you?
The following information will explain the law and how it will impact you as a federal employee or contractor. You may also download a free recorded webinar , PDF copy of the webinar slides and a Top 10 FBPTA FAQ document. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the world’s largest and most widely recognized professional association for facility managers, has been officially recognized by GSA as being FBPTA-Aligned for its FMP®, SFP® and CFM® credentials, and is a leading provider of compliance solutions. Read the bill now.
What is the purpose of the law?
What has happened since the bill was signed into law?
Who has to comply with the FBPTA?
How do I determine whether my skills meet the requirements of the FBPTA?
What is the supervisor's role?
Are some competencies more important than others?
How do the requirements change for early-career vs. master-level personnel?
How much time do I have to comply?
How can IFMA help me meet my requirements?
Why should I choose an IFMA credential over other available training programs?
Which is the best IFMA credential for me?
How do I get started on my IFMA credential?
Download and view a free FBPTA overview webinar.
The law’s premise is simple: when buildings are maintained properly by trained and certified facility managers, they will perform better at lower cost, protect occupant health, safety and productivity and ultimately be worth more at their time of disposition, thereby providing a return on investment to the American taxpayer.
Federal facility managers, who are charged with maintaining the world’s largest real estate portfolio, have long sought access to education and training to ensure that investments are made not just in the physical infrastructure, but also in the individuals charged with maintaining it. The FBPTA makes that training a priority!
Since the law was enacted, the General Services Administration (GSA) has worked with facilities representatives from various landholding agencies, IFMA and other industry associations to identify core competencies necessary for Federal personnel performing building operations and maintenance, energy management, safety, and design functions. They then identified industry recognized courses and certifications that encompass those core competencies.
Both Federal personnel and non-Federal personnel performing building operations and maintenance, energy management, safety, and design functions under a contract with a Federal department or agency must comply. This includes current personnel and new hires. (Note: The non-Federal personnel/Federal contractors portion of the Act will be implemented at a later date.)
GSA has identified three broad “functional roles” or professional categories of Federal buildings personnel. These include:
- Facility Management (FM): Comprises interdisciplinary professionals responsible for coordinating allocation of space, infrastructure, people and organization in buildings and structures.
- Energy Management (EM): Technical professionals responsible for reducing the costs associated with providing energy, water, and other resources to operate buildings without compromising mission.
- Facility Operations & Maintenance (O&M): Encompasses the wide range of personnel who perform operations and maintenance functions for real property.
GSA has created an online Skills Assessment tool available at fmi.gov. This self-assessment tool will support your need to benchmark and update your knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the core competencies. After answering questions about your current training and responsibilities, the tool will create a gap analysis and a personalized development plan.
Supervisors will help their staff identify responsibilities and specialty areas to allow each staff member to complete their own self-assessment. After their staff have completed their assessments, supervisors can review staff’s gap analysis and may identify performances as not required or already completed (either from on-the-job or other training).
The FBPTA Competency Model developed by GSA identifies all of the competencies needed by typical FM organizations. Increased priority has been placed on high value competencies. These are defined as activities having a significant potential to improve the quality and reduce the cost of facility operations. The high value competencies are indicated in Figure 1 by red blocks in the “High Priority” column.
The FBPTA Competency Model defines the competencies required of personnel at various points in their career. IFMA and other professional associations offer credential programs that teach and test the skills identified. Future versions of the model will further define competencies based on career stage, however the current model only identifies which competency areas apply to early career individuals, indicated by “Yes” in the “Early Career” column of Figure 1.
- The compliance date for Non-Federal employees/Federal contractors has not been established.
- New hires/promoted employees: New hires and those promoted into more senior level positions requiring training in more performance areas will need to seek and complete training within one (1) year of hire/promotion.
- Contract positions: Individuals hired for a contract period of one year or less must comply with the bill at the start of their employment period.
The FBPTA was enacted by Congress to ensure that federal FMs have access to the best education and training courses currently being offered in the private sector. IFMA’s three global credentials have been recognized by GSA as being "FBPTA-Aligned."
- Facility Management Professional (FMP®)
- Sustainability Facility Professional® (SFP®)
- Certified Facility Manager® (CFM®)
IFMA has created world-class knowledge-based education programs for the FMP and SFP credentials and an optional FM Learning System resource for those preparing to sit for the CFM Exam. Self-study programs and instructor-led courses are available online and across the country to help you develop your knowledge in the competencies and meet the requirements in a timely manner. Visit the links above for complete details.
There are many reasons why IFMA’s training programs should be your first choice:
- Worldwide Leader: IFMA is recognized as the global leader in the field of facility management. Founded in 1980, IFMA has nearly 24,000 members worldwide. Our experience and resources allow us to deliver FM training based on the continually changing needs of the FM.
- ANSI-Accredited: ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, has accredited IFMA as ANSI Accredited Program Certificate Issuer Accreditation Number 1057 for the FMP and SFP credentials. These programs were described by ANSI as “world-class, gold-standard models of learning and development" and were awarded seven commendations.
- Federal Experience: IFMA has worked with Federal FMs for years. We are proud to have a large and ever-growing block of federal members. Our FMP, SFP and CFM credentials are widely used and recognized within the Department of State, Department of Energy, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, the Architect of the Capitol and many others. The fact that these agencies continue to rely on IFMA to train new employees and provide professional development opportunities for seasoned FMs speaks volumes about the value of IFMA’s credentials.
- Globally-Respected Credentials: If you walk into an FM's office with a FMP, SFP, or CFM behind your name, you will be instantly recognized and respected for your knowledge and commitment to excellence.
- Established and Relevant: IFMA’s FMP, SFP, and CFM credentials existed before the FBPTA. They were built upon IFMA’s Global Job Task Analysis and continue to be updated on a regular basis. These credentials were not rushed to market in order to capture government business. We deliver real solutions to government FMs looking to improve building performance, safety and value.
- Career Growth: IFMA credentials are respected by both the public and private sectors. Both the upfront training and credential will help you meet FBPTA requirements, excel in your current position and prepare you for career advancement and future leadership roles in FM.
The credential you choose should be based on your self-assessment results and your career goals. Try IFMA’s Credential Compass online tool to help you determine which credential aligns best with your goals, knowledge and experience.
Visit IFMA’s Government Education page for complete GSA contract and order information.