CFM FAQs

Are there prerequisites or eligibility requirements to take the CFM Exam?
After submitting my CFM Exam application, how long will it take to get my CFM credential?
What is the IFMA CFM Exam application fee?
How do I get reimbursed for the CFM Exam through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under the G.I. bill?
How many questions need to be answered correctly to pass the exam?
What if I don't pass the first time? When can I retake it?
How long do I have to take the exam once I apply? Does it expire?
What if I can’t take the exam once I schedule it?
Do I have to recertify?
I heard the CFM Exam changed, what does that mean?
What is the difference between a certification and an certificate program?
How do I become an IFMA member?

   

How do I become credentialed?

  1. Meet specific eligibility requirements.
  2. Assess your readiness and prepare for the exam. Although no specific coursework is required, IFMA provides a variety of resources to help prepare CFM candidates.
  3. Submit your application through the IFMA website.
  4. Schedule and pass the exam. After receiving IFMA approval, schedule an appointment to take the exam at one of Prometric’s centers. The 4-hour exam consists of 180 multiple-choice questions, administered through a computer-based testing (CBT) format.


Are there prerequisites or eligibility requirements to take the CFM Exam?

CFM candidates must meet education and work experience eligibility requirements:

Education

Experience
With the FMP
Experience
Without the FMP
Facility management master’s degree or bachelor’s degree from an IFMA Accredited Degree Program
3 years
3 years
Related bachelor’s degree*
3 years
4 years
Non-related bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree
4 years
5 years
Some post-secondary education
5 years
8 years

*Related degrees include, but are not limited to: facility management, business, architecture, interior design, building construction, construction management, engineering and property management.


After submitting my CFM Exam application, how long will it take to get my CFM credential?

  • Once your CFM Exam application and payment are submitted, IFMA will review your application and you will be notified of the outcome by email. The approval process may take up to 21 business days.
  • Once approved, you will receive an email with instructions for registering for the exam. You will need to schedule and pass the exam.
  • The CFM application should be completed only when you are sure that you are ready to sit for the exam. If you need assistance in determining whether your education and experience fit the exam requirements, please contact credentials@ifma.org


What is the IFMA CFM exam application fee?

IFMA Members – US$550
Nonmembers – US$815
Visit www.ifma.org for the most up to date schedule & fees. Application fees are charged immediately and are only refunded if the application is denied.


How do I get reimbursed for the CFM Exam through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under the G.I. bill?

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How many questions need to be answered correctly to pass the exam?

The test is pass/fail.


What if I don't pass the first time? When can I retake it?

Individuals who have taken the CFM Exam but have not passed it within 12 months are eligible to retake the CFM exam. All other applicants should complete the standard application.


How long do I have to take the exam once I apply? Does it expire?

Candidates must take the exam within three months of application acceptance and payment.


What if I can’t take the exam once I schedule it?

Prometric’s policy for Cancellation, Rescheduling, No Show or Late Arrival for Scheduled Test):
For each candidate who reschedules, cancels, arrives late or does not appear for a scheduled test during the Cancellation/Reschedule Period set forth below, Prometric shall be entitled to the following Cancellation/Rescheduling Fees for such candidate:

Category Cancellation/Reschedule Period Fee
1 31 days or more No charge
2 5 to 30 calendar days prior to test $40 fee collected by Prometric
3 a) less than 5 days before test date,
b) fails to appear for a scheduled test,
c) presents himself/herself more than fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled start time for taking the test and is refused admission
The full Test Delivery Fee for the cancelled/rescheduled test

Within the United States and Canada, candidates must make and confirm all cancellations/changes through direct contact with Prometric Testing Center personnel or if available for the program, through the Prometric Website or IVR system. Leaving a message on a recorder or a voice mail is not sufficient to confirm cancellation/change. Outside of the United States and Canada, candidates must make and confirm all cancellations/changes via the Prometric Website or by direct contact with the Prometric Testing Center.


Do I have to recertify?

The CFM certification is valid for three years. Visit www.ifmacredentials.org/cfm/recertification for more details.


I heard the CFM Exam is changed, what does that mean?

As a result of the most recent global job task analysis, IFMA is updated the competency areas that define the CFM credential. In June 2013, the CFM Exam was updated to test 11 competencies. Previously, the CFM Exam covered nine competencies.

 

What is the difference between a certification and a certificate program?

It is the role of TRAINING and its relationship to credentialing that sets these two types of credentials apart. The primary focus of a knowledge-based and/or assessment-based certificate program is to deliver education and training. This credential is directly linked to a training course, that the student must complete, and the credential is proof that its holder has completed the course and achieved its prescribed outcomes. Hence, the purpose of a certificate program is to educate participants, and the assessment is used as a mirror to prove that the associated learning outcomes have been completed. A professional certification, on the other hand, is independent of a training course. The primary focus of a professional or personnel certification is on assessment. Moreover, the assessment conducted by a certification program is independent of a specific class, course, or other education/training program and also independent of any provider of classes, course or programs. With professional certification, the examination is used not as a mirror but as a screen – to separate those who meet the assessment standards from those who do not.


How do I become an IFMA member?

Go to www.ifma.org/membership/index.cfm to learn more about becoming an IFMA member. Membership in IFMA shall consist of individuals who support the purposes, vision, mission, goals, core values and Code of Ethics of the Association. You may join as a Professional Member, Associate Member, Young Professional Member, or a Student Member. Join online and become a member by completing the online membership application at www.ifma.org/membership/mem_apps.cfm.