CFM Study Hall Briefing

This Spring 2014 “semester” of the CFM Exam Study Hall series is well underway, with two sessions left for the “students.” The series of nine Study Halls include in-depth topic reviews, discussions, and practice exams, focusing on all of the study resource chapters included in the new IFMA Facility Management Learning System, a six-book collection. The topics within the Learning System are: Communication, Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Finance and Business, Human Factors, Leadership and Strategy, Operations and Maintenance, Project Management, Quality, Real Estate and Property Management, Technology.

This program is an individual study support group, led by Christopher Gilman. Chris is a well-versed, experienced Facility Manager now working for Saint-Gobain. He is an advocate for IFMA and the CFM exam, and has a wealth of knowledge about FM, sharing good and bad experiences throughout the weekly sessions. He uses real life examples in the discussions and teaches by comparison so it relates to the knowledge that FM’s already have while being in the field. The sessions consist of topic and chapter overview, room rotation Q&A’s, jeopardy, and taking sample tests as a group.

If you are interested in taking the exam and would like to engage yourself with one of these helpful classes proctored by someone like Chris, look out a future email from IFMA publicizing the next CFM Study Hall session! It is targeted for seasoned professionals who may already have experience in the FM world, but those new to the field should also consider taking the class. The CFM Study Hall is free for members and you WILL learn a thing or two, or twenty.

Take Your Career To The Next Level: IFMA Certified Facilitiy Manager (CFM) Study Hall Starts 1/27/14

Article By IFMA PR/Marketing Committee Member: Chris Pestana, Fox RPM Corp.

It’s that time of year again! Have you hit the books in preparation for the CFM Certification Exam? Look no further than the IFMA CFM Study Hall for a nine-week crash course with your peers that will prepare you for confidently passing the exam and taking your facilities career to the next level.

The CFM Study Hall series will kick off on Monday, January 27th and will go through March 31st, focusing on the 9 competencies of the CFM Certification Exam. Four-time course instructor, Chris Gilman, is known for taking an approach that works as his students boast a 90% average on the exam, which ranks better than IFMA’s national average.

“I really believe in teaching not only the content, but also preparing people for how to take the exam,” Gilman said. “Most of us haven’t taken an exam of this nature since the SAT’s so I try to prepare people so that when they sit down for the exam and the clock starts, they won’t have anything to worry about.”

The CFM credential sets the industry standard for ensuring the knowledge and competence of practicing facility managers. “If you’re looking to open a lot of doors and become well rounded in this area of expertise then CFM really is for you,” said Gilman.

For more information check out the CFM Study Hall page and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @IFMABoston to stay informed on all of the latest chapter happenings.

Wentworth Master of Science in Facility Management Launching in Fall 2012

Check out the details from this week’s New England Real Estate Journal about WIT’s new Masters in FM program!.

Is it Time…To Get Your CFM?

As the Facilities Management industry grows more established, job requirements escalate and the competition for the best jobs increases one way to distinguish yourself from the competition is to obtain your Certified Facility Manager designation (CFM).

Designed with the experienced Facility Manager in mind the CFM certification is a rigorous, knowledge and experience based, exam requirement that bestows one of the best pedigrees in the business on whoever is successful enough to put in the time and effort to pass the 4 hour, 180 question exam.  As anyone who has gone through the process can tell you, it’s a daunting undertaking requiring significant effort with weeks, if not months of preparation needed.  The Boston chapter currently has 62 members who have successfully attained their CFM.  As a credential it’s hard to beat.  Once or twice a year, the Boston Chapter of IFMA sponsors a self-study process that brings interested students together to study and support one another in preparing for the exam.  Generally, the 8 to 10 week session begins with a practice test, supplied by IFMA, to establish a baseline.  Normally the study group will take it as one unit deciding on the correct answer by consensus.  For the next couple of months the group meet on a weekly basis and try to concentrate on a specific competency (9 in total) using the study guides and texts, (which you can purchase from IFMA National).  The culmination is a two-day, intensive review led by a IFMA certified instructor (Vicky Hardy, the CEO of Star Island usually accommodates us).  Everyone is then encouraged to schedule and sit for the exam at his or her earliest convenience.  The success rate is about 70% and we’d like to think it’s even higher for those groups that can work together in a self study format.  IFMA Boston will try to find a convenient location for the weekly meetings, usually in the early evenings, as well as providing refreshments and a liaison to help coordinate.  Whenever possible, a subject matter expert in a particular competency is encouraged to mentor the class.

For those FMs with only a few years experience the more appropriate certification may be the FMP (Facility Management Professional) which has just been developed as a classroom/online process, with testing  by subject module, to take the student through 4 stages of the study/examination process.  For the professional that’s newer to the field of FM the FMP may be the best choice to start.

To determine if you’re eligible to sit for the CFM exam click here for specific information on the requirements.

If you are interested in starting/joining a self-study group to pursue your CFM or if you want more information on the FMP program please contact Richard Christiano,CFM, at