FMP Certification Process

The FMP designation requires six (6) credits and can be completed in approximately 12 months. Credits are earned through the completion of approved courses in the following areas below.

Training for the FMP will be available through IFMA and approved providers (partner associations, community colleges, training companies) and a variety of learning formats (conferences, chapters, councils, 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 FM Business Workshop is the only required IFMA course.

Download the FMP Brochure

Area Number

Area Title
FM Fundamentals The Business of FM course or other survey course addressing nine FM competencies
2 credits
Managing the Facility Complete one course:
Operations & Maintenance
Human & Environmental Factors
1 credit
Supporting the Business Complete one course:
Real Estate
Project Management
1 credit
Leading the Organization Complete one course:
Leadership & Management
Quality Assessment & Innovation
1 credit
FM Business Workshop Workplace-based project
1 credit

Advanced Placement

Professionals and students who have completed coursework through an IFMA-approved provider or an IFMA Recognized Program prior to applying for the FMP may seek advanced placement in Areas 1-4. The courses must have been taken through an IFMA-approved provider or IFMA Recognized Program, and documentation of completion must be submitted during the application process. (An additional fee will not be assessed for IFMA Recognized Program coursework.)

“I feel very good about receiving the Facility Management Professional designation. The IFMA staff did a wonderful job of providing all the information necessary to complete the coursework. I was able to submit documentation of college facility courses and outside management training seminars that I had taken over the years to the IFMA Review Team which helped to expedite the process. This was a rewarding experience and I believe that having my FMP will assist with future opportunities working in the facility management arena.”


Peggy J. Dabels, FMP
ACE American Insurance Company

Completion of Courses and Assessment
All courses submitted to IFMA must show that an assessment has been completed. If you have taken courses in 2004 that would count toward advanced placement in the FMP, you must complete the assessment for the course prior to sending your final application to IFMA. Assessment will be offered online and following courses completion at all IFMA organized functions.

FMP designees will be required to recertify every two years. Recertification criteria will be defined under the following areas:

  • networking
  • business/workplace leadership
  • participation in research activities through IFMA Headquarters
  • continuing education
  • career growth
  • involvement in committees in the workplace.

The cost of recertification is $100.

Application and Fees
Download the appropriate online application form below. Candidates may print and fax or mail their completed applications to IFMA Headquarters.

Step One:
Registration Form (to begin process of FMP)

Step Two:
Application for Designation
Application for Designation (IFMA Recognized Programs Graduates Only)

Member: $149 (U.S.) application
  $50 (U.S.) final review and designation (paid upon successful completion of the requirements)
Nonmember: $249 (U.S.) application
  $75 (U.S.) final review and designation (paid upon successful completion of the requirements)

Non-Recognized Programs

Coursework obtained through a college, university or training program not recognized by IFMA may be used toward requirements for the FMP. In order to maintain the quality and integrity of the FMP program, IFMA requires the candidate to submit a transcript, course materials and a contact at the institution. Once IFMA has determined if credit may be granted for the area in question, the candidate will be notified.

Review Fee: a $25 (U.S.) fee will be assessed (waived for IFMA Recognized Programs)

For more information, please contact [email protected].

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