Professional Developement

Our focus is to enable our members the ability to gain the knowledge needed to stay on the cutting edge while enjoying everything along the way.

What are Professional Certifications?

In your continued quest for career advancement and professional fulfillment, the IFMA Certified Facility Manger (CFM) and Facility Management Profession (FMP) are key certifications that can equip you with the competitive edge necessary to distinguish yourself from the crowd. We have a leader in this area.


Doug Murdock

Current job title , Training Manager @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Background and experience, Tool and Die Maker / Manufacturing Engineer with several years of experience in training and training program development for competency development, both industry and college settings. Doug will focus on the educational programs for the Chapter through IFMA and IFMA certification.


CFM® Certification

The most respected global credential in facility management

The Certified Facility Manager® (CFM) credential sets the industry standard for ensuring the knowledge and competence of practicing facility managers.

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. Since the program began in 1992, more than 3,100 facility managers from 32 countries have achieved this prestigious recognition.


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


FMP credential

IFMA’s Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation is a knowledge-based credential that will help to accelerate an FM’s transition into the profession. By earning your FMP credential, you will improve your knowledge, enhance your skills, and gain immediate credibility with employers, clients and peers.


Sustainability Facility Professional™

IFMA’s SFP™ is an assessment-based certificate program delivering a specialty credential in sustainability. By earning your SFP credential, you will develop and gain recognition for your expertise in sustainable FM practices while impacting your organization’s economic, environmental and social bottom lines.

Where Can I Learn More?

Visit IFMA’s FM Credentials page for more information on certifications.