National Credential
Credential: Certified Facility Manager  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

The Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential validates an individual's knowledge and competency to practice as a facility manager. The certification process is designed to assess competency in the field through work experience, education and a written exam. The comprehensive exam is designed to assess an applicant's knowledge and experience in areas necessary to be a successful facility manager such as operations and maintenance, project management, finance and business, leadership and strategy, environmental stewardship and sustainability, communication, emergency preparedness and business continuity, human factors, quality, real estate and property management and technology.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Facility Manager

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12A Engineer Senior Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 12B Combat Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 12H Construction Engineering Supervisor MOS some          
Enlisted 12K Plumber MOS some          
Enlisted 12M Firefighter MOS some          
Enlisted 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 12R Interior Electrician MOS some          
Enlisted 12T Technical Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 12V Concrete and Asphalt Equipment Operator MOS other          
Enlisted 12W Carpentry and Masonry Specialist MOS some       Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 12X General Engineering Supervisor MOS other          
Enlisted 12Y Geospatial Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 12Z Combat Engineering Senior Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 68J Medical Logistics Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 88H Cargo Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 89A Ammunition Stock Control and Accounting Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 92F Petroleum Supply Specialist MOS most   III      
Enlisted 92G Culinary Specialist MOS some       Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 92L Petroleum Laboratory Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 92M Mortuary Affairs Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 92S Shower and Laundry Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted F4 Postal Supervisor ASI some          
Enlisted F5 Postal Operations ASI some          
Enlisted Z5 Enlisted Aide ASI some          
Warrant Officer 120A Construction Engineering Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 125D Geospatial Engineering Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 150A Air Traffic And Air Space Management Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 882A Mobility Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 890A Ammunition Warrant Officer WOMOS some        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Facility Manager

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 8 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
800 Gessner Road
Ste. 900
Houston, TX  77024-4257
Phone: (713) 623-4362
Fax: (713) 623-6124
Email: ifma@ifma.org

Certified Facility Manager

Option 1:

Candidate must have some post-secondary education and meet one the following experience requirements:

  • Have FMP designation and 5 years of Facility Management experience;
  • Have 8 years of Facility Management experience without Facility Management Professional designation.

Option 2:

Candidate must have a non-related Bachelor’s Degree or Associate Degree and meet one of the following experience requirements:

  • Have FMP designation and 4 years of Facility Management experience;
  • Have 5 years of Facility Management experience without Facility Management Professional designation.

Option 3:

Candidate must have a Related Bachelor’s Degree and meet one of the following experience requirements:

  • Have FMP designation and 3 years of Facility Management experience;
  • Have 4 years of Facility Management experience without Facility Management Professional designation.
Related degrees include, but are not limited to: facility management, business, architecture, interior design, building construction, construction management, engineering and property management.

Option 4:

Candidate must have a Facility Management Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree from an IFMA Recognized Degree Programand and meet one the following experience requirements:

  • Have FMP designation and 3 years of Facility Management experience;
  • Have 3 years of Facility Management experience without Facility Management Professional designation.

Certified Facility Manager

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

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Facility Manager examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Prometric. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the Prometric website:

For more information on the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Facility Manager

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Facility Manager credential has the following recertification information:

In order to achieve recertification, CFMs are required to earn 120 maintenance points in at least two of the following four categories:
  1. Practice
  2. Continuing education
  3. Professional involvement
  4. Development of the profession