Throughout the years, IFMA has appreciated the need for a designation similar to the CFM for beginning and transitioning facility professionals who do not yet have the hands-on experience requisite for obtaining the CFM. In response to that need, in October of 2004, IFMA launched the Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation. An entry-level, knowledge-based credential, the FMP is geared toward FMs with less than five years of experience and designed to accelerate an FM’s transition into the profession.
- Facility management practitioners with less than five years of experience
- Transitioning professionals with significant experience in former related careers
- Partner practitioners such as architects, designers and safety engineers
- Associated corporate providers of FM products and services
- Students entering the profession from colleges, universities, certificate or technical programs
Because the FMP program is designed to not only broaden a beginner’s knowledge and professional networks, but also hasten the progression from novice to specialist, it is an ideal catalyst to early candidacy for the CFM. FMs who commence their career path by obtaining the FMP and maintaining their professional growth through the FMP program, build their competence and confidence levels and have a greater chance of successfully completing the CFM Exam and joining the elite circle of Certified Facility Managers.
The FMP designation requires six (6) credits and can be completed in approximately 12 months. Training for the FMP is available through IFMA and approved providers (partner associations, community colleges, training companies) and a variety of learning formats (conferences, chapters, on-site seminars, online courses and IFMA Recognized Programs).
FMP candidates may customize and integrate their training to build the specific knowledge they need to meet individual goals. The FMP Business Workshop is the only course required to be taken through IFMA.