Eligibility Requirements

The CFM is a competency-based certification. Candidates must first meet the education and experience requirements outlined in the box below. Once the application is accepted, the candidate must pass an exam.

Candidates must fall into one of the following education or work experience categories:

Education
Number/years of FM experience
WITH the FMP
Number/years of FM experience
WITHOUT the FMP

Facility Management Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree from an IFMA Recognized Degree Program

3 years

3 years

Related Bachelor’s Degree*

3 years

4 years

Non-related Bachelor’s Degree or Associate 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.

 

Successful candidates will also have experience in the following competency areas. These eleven areas have been identified as the core areas of skills and knowledge necessary for a successful facility manager:

  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Project Management
  • Finance and Business
  • Leadership and Strategy
  • Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
  • Communication
  • Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity
  • Human Factors
  • Quality
  • Real Estate and Property Management
  • Technology

 

Ideally, candidates should have experience in all 11 areas; however, it is possible for a candidate to have experience in most competency areas, minimal exposure to others and still pass the exam.