IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager (CFM) Courses


Advance your career or build credibility within your organization by earning IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential.

IFMA’s CFM is the most distinguished credential in the facility industry.  A recent IFMA study found that CFMs earn 25% more than their non-CFM counterparts and tend to occupy higher management positions.

Not sure you are ready for the CFM exam?  Attend a CFM Exam Review class to find out – you might be pleasantly surprised…

Need more confidence or test-taking tips or help with your final preparations?  Let us assist.

FM360’s John Rimer is an IFMA Qualified Instructor and has taught more than a dozen CFM Exam Prep classes in the past few years across the United States, including IFMA’s World Workplace.  He has helped various IFMA chapters and councils host classes, such as the Northern Rockies, Utah, Nashville, and Cincinnati chapters and the City & Country Clubs Council.  Click here to learn more about John Rimer.

Contact us to see how we can help your organization host a class.

Read below to learn more about the CFM exam and the options to prepare.

How To Earn the CFM

Candidates must:

Prepare for the CFM Exam

To help CFM candidates prepare for the exam, one-day CFM Exam Prep Workshops are offered, which provide a high-level review of the eleven core competencies covered on the exam and test-taking techniques.  The end goal of the CFM Exam Prep Workshop is to help candidates assess their readiness for the exam, build confidence, and think like a CFM.

The CFM PLUS Exam Prep Workshop expands upon the above mentioned exam prep workshop by providing an additional day of training where one or two core competencies are reviewed, highlighting key concepts and terminology.  As part of the CFM PLUS Exam Prep Workshop the student will receive a copy of IFMA’s Facility Management Learning System (FMLS).

The Facility Management Learning System, FMLS, provides nearly 1600 pages of material that cover all 11 core competencies.  In addition, to the printed material, the FMLS includes online study tools, such as e-flashcards, practice quizzes, sample tests, and Smart Study Tool.

What’s Covered?

The CFM exam is comprised of 180 questions that test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding in the below 11 core competencies:

  • Technology
  • Real Estate & Property Management
  • Quality
  • Human Factors
  • Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity
  • Communication
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Leadership & Strategy
  • Finance & Business
  • Project Management
  • Operations & Maintenance

As an IFMA Qualified Instructor, John Rimer teaches courses for IFMA, its chapters and councils, and corporations.

Contact us if you are interested in hosting a course and having John teach a class for you!

Click here to join IFMA so that you can realize the savings and many other benefits that come along with being an IFMA member! 

Founded in 1980, IFMA, the International Facility Management Association, is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international associations for facility management professionals, supporting more than 24,000 members in 94 countries.  Click here learn more about IFMA and becoming a member.

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