Certified Facility Manager


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 (should link to our pdf) 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.


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

CFM Informational Webinar. Learn about the benefits and details of becoming a CFM. 

“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
Distinguish yourselfAssurance of quality
Invest in your futureProfessional standards
Demonstrate your leadership and initiativeMarketability
Advance your professionFocuses and maps professional development
Enhance your professional networkContributes to competitive advantage


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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.

What people are saying

Lis Wyatt, CFM
Lis Wyatt, CFMVanderbilt University
As an Army Engineer Officer I spent most of a 20-year military career working in facility and construction project management positions, when not in a troop assignment.  My very first facilities job in the Army was as an Operations Officer for the Directorate of Facilities Engineering at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois, culminating with the position of Director of Public Works for the Frankfurt Military Community in Germany.  Once retired and ready for my civilian career I searched for a way to prove to myself and others how my acquired military skills in facility management could translate into the civilian world.  I learned about the CFM credential before I retired and prior to joining IFMA.  Not only was I successful in achieving the credential, but having the CFM letters behind my name added credibility to my years of facility management experience in the military, and had a positive influence on those who made the decision to hire me for my current position.
Clark M. Druesedow, CFM
Clark M. Druesedow, CFMNissan
I have been involved in IFMA for many years.  The educational opportunities made available at the chapter and national level has been a benefit to both my personal andcareer development.  When I became familiar with the CFM credential I set it as a goal to obtain and maintain this certification.  Preparation for the test helped mebroaden my understanding of the facility management profession and assisted in career advancement.  I strongly recommend all IFMA Members take advantage of theknowledge and job enhancement gained by obtaining their CFM.

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