Eligibility Requirements

Step 1: Review candidate eligibility requirements and fees.

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:

Number/years of FM experience
Number/years of FM experience

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.

Step 2: Submit your application.

The CFM application should be completed only when you are sure that you are ready to sit for the exam. Proceed to the CFM Application instructions page.

Application Fees: US $550 Member / US $815 Nonmember
Application fees are not refundable unless the application is denied.

Step 3: Schedule and pass exam.

Within several days of submission, candidates are e-mailed information on how to contact Prometric, the IFMA testing provider, to register for their exam. Candidates must take the exam within three months of acceptance.

Step 4: You’re a CFM!

Once you receive your official notification you may begin using the CFM after your name. You will also receive a certificate, lapel pin and press release in your welcome packet.


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