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The most respected global credential in facility management

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

More than ever, recognizing competency and high performance—establishing benchmarks, defining competence and setting performance standards—is vital to the global economy. Never before have the public, employers and government agencies relied as much on certification organizations as they do today. Professional associations are now taking a lead role in developing these credentialing programs, and IFMA’s CFM program was the first 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 3,500 facility managers from 25 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. Every country that chooses to localize the exam must maintain a certain percentage of global questions on their exam; however, they also include a number of regional/local questions, allowing facility managers to practice in their own countries and have the skills and knowledge to practice globally as well. There are currently five different exams available: United States, Canada, European Business English, Dutch and German, with localizations for other countries under way.

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



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