Why Earn the CFM?

IFMA's premier credential for experienced professionals

The Certified Facility Manager® (CFM) credential sets the industry standard for ensuring the knowledge and competence of practicing facility managers as the most respected global credential in facility management.

Now more than ever, recognizing competency, establishing benchmarks and setting performance standards are vital to the global economy. Never before have public and private sector employers relied as much on certification organizations as they do today. Professional associations are now taking a lead role in the development of credentialing programs, and IFMA’s CFM program was the first, and is still the only globally recognized, certification in facility management.

IFMA’s certification process is designed to assess competency in the field through work experience, education and the ability to pass a comprehensive exam that covers 11 competencies that make up the facility management body of knowledge. Since the program began in 1992, more than 3,100 facility managers from 32 countries have achieved this prestigious recognition.

Competency-based

The CFM Exam is competency-based, testing what a person can do compared to standards that define the practice of facility management. One cannot take a course or a simple knowledge-based exam to earn the credential. IFMA’s competency-based program is at a higher level than a knowledge-based program, reflecting the growing importance of facility management in the international business world.

Recognized globally

In addition, the CFM is the only global facility management certification available. Goals of IFMA's certification program:

  • Assure professional excellence
  • Establish standards for global professional practice
  • Promote the added value of the profession
  • Influence the future direction of the profession

 

“Establishing my position as a well-rounded, competent facility management professional is of the utmost importance to my organization. The CFM designation has absolutely increased my credibility with my management team, FM staff and my customer base.”

- Scott S. Tibbo, CFM, Director, Real Estate Advisory Services, Expense Management Solutions Inc., Southborough, Mass.

 

Individual and Workplace Benefits

The credibility and recognition that come with earning your CFM benefits both the individuals who earn the credential and the organizations that employ them.

    CFM Benefits

Individual

Workplace

Distinguish yourself

Assurance of quality

Invest in your future

Professional standards

         Demonstrate your leadership and initiative

Marketability

Advance your profession

       Focuses and maps professional development

Enhance your professional network

Contributes to competitive advantage

 

"I received a significant promotion following the successful completion of the CFM examination. I believe that passing the CFM Exam was instrumental in helping me achieve this promotion. Certification has brought me increased recognition by both senior management and my peers. It’s the best thing I've done for my career in a long time. Taking the exam online was great, especially knowing instantly that I had passed it."

- Patricia A. Holden, CFM, Associate Director, Facilities Management, Quintiles, Inc., San Diego, Calif.

 

Value of the CFM credential

"You have a great job. Your employer is rock solid. Your last performance rating was excellent and the future looks bright. One day, you go to work and your job no longer exists. It happens easier and faster than you can imagine.

When you enter a tight job market, what will distinguish you from the crowd? Employers look for leaders and demonstrated skill in an area of practice. Your CFM shows you have the interest and skill in facility management to be the best. It shows you have the tenacity to keep those skills sharp year after year.

What better example of leadership than to choose to be the best and advertise it.

When I entered the job market after years with the same job, I was very concerned about my marketability. How could I be sure my skills would translate to a new place and were they even still valid in the current market? By becoming a CFM and maintaining the designation, I was forced to update my skills yearly to keep the designation. Without realizing it, I was preparing for the day when a job change became essential.

Where would I be now if I had been forced to find a new job and had not stayed current in my profession? How could I answer a prospective employer’s questions about my education in facility management? What could I offer to separate me from the pack? A CFM is more important than you think!"

Contributed by - Christine H. Neldon, CFM, IFMA Fellow, Regional Project Manager for Travelers