FMP Certification

Maintain Your Professional Growth Through the Facility Management Professional Program

IFMA’s Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation is a knowledge-based credential demonstrating a proven comprehension of the basics of facility management. A springboard for obtaining certification, the Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation can be completed in approximately 12 months, and FMP candidates may customize their training to build the specific knowledge they need to meet individual goals.

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, councils, on-site seminars, online courses and IFMA Recognized Programs). FM Business Workshop is the only course required to be taken through IFMA.

Are you ready to be an FMP?

We recommend that those planning to participate in the FMP program meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Facility management practitioners with less than five years of experience
  2. Transitioning professionals with significant experience in former related careers
  3. Partner practitioners such as architects, designers and safety engineers
  4. Associated corporate providers of FM products and services
  5. Students entering the profession from colleges, universities, certificate or technical programs

The road to recognition is a rewarding experience

By completing the FMP, you will have successfully pursed the educational curriculum necessary to obtain the designation, acquiring fundamental knowledge in all of the core competency areas, building your skills, and broadening your knowledge and professional networks.

Pursuing an educational and skill-building program such as the FMP shows great dedication to advancing your proficiency and value to your organization. IFMA understands that you have a challenging daily work schedule, so we have designed the Online Learning Center to include the courses you need to meet the FMP credit requirements. View FMP Program requirements.

The FMP and your future

Designed to bring you one step closer to achieving the CFM credential, the most respected designation in facility management, the FMP is an ideal catalyst to early candidacy.

CFM requirements with the FMP Designation

Education w/ FMP No/Yrs FM Experience
Facility Management Masters Degree 3 years
Related Bachelors Degree 3 years
IFMA Recognized Degree Program Graduate 3 years
Non related bachelors degree, associates degree or IFMA Recognized Certificate Program graduate 4 years
Some post-secondary education 5 years


“The FMP is a great way for IFMA to reach out to new professionals. It is very comforting to be accepted into a family like IFMA when starting a career in the facilities industry. There is something very reassuring to know that there are other people in the world that are facing the same obstacles, problems, and issues that you are. There may even be someone out there who has found a solution to a problem that is similar to yours. In a field that is very weighted towards experience, the FMP somewhat represents a leveling factor. Experience is key in the facilities field, but knowledge is becoming more prominent throughout the industry. The FMP recognizes individuals who possess the knowledge to be successful facility professionals.”

—Paul Ratkovic, FMP
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