IFMA launches CFM Practice Exam, sponsored by milliCare, its first “Proud Supporter of IFMA Education” partner
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) today launched a new online practice exam for facility management (FM) professionals pursuing IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager® (CFM®), the only globally recognized certification for experienced FM professionals.
In conjunction with the launch, IFMA also announced milliCare Floor & Textile Care as its first “Proud Supporter of IFMA Education” partner. As the official sponsor of the online CFM Practice Exam, milliCare has broadened their support of FM professionals committed to lifelong education and excellence in the management of facilities.
An IFMA Corporate Sustaining Partner (CSP) since 1990, milliCare has been a longstanding champion of the FM industry. “Naming milliCare as our first Proud Supporter of IFMA Education partner recognizes their ongoing dedication to helping facility professionals advance in their profession,” said John Carrillo, CFM, IFMA Fellow, Chair of IFMA’s Global Board of Directors. “We’re so thankful for their support, and especially grateful for their sponsorship of this valuable preparation tool for aspiring CFMs.”
“milliCare is excited to support this new initiative in helping to expand the number of certified FM professionals in the industry,” said Steve Willis, milliCare’s Managing Director. “MilliCare has a long history of supporting IFMA, so this partnership in education is a natural fit.”
IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager credential sets the industry standard for ensuring the knowledge and competence of practicing facility managers. The certification process assesses competency in the field through work experience, education and the ability to pass a comprehensive exam.
“Test anxiety is often a major obstacle to effective test performance”, said Laurie Gilmer, P.E., CFM, SFP, LEED AP, CxA, Second Vice Chair of IFMA’s Global Board of Directors. “The new practice exam is designed to give certification candidates an idea of what to expect in terms of questions and the opportunity to experience a computer-based exam.”
IFMA’s online CFM Practice Exam features 90 questions developed from the 11 core competencies of facility management; rationales for each question; and offers up to five retakes. The exam has no passing score and is strictly an optional preparation resource.
IFMA offers CFM candidates a number of preparation resources, including a self-evaluation to assess exam readiness and a one-day CFM Exam prep workshop. For more information and to access the on-line practice exam, go to https://fm.training.
Founded in 1980, IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (136 chapters), industry (16 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. As a part of its mission to “advance the professional discipline of facility management worldwide,” IFMA offers professional advancement through credentialing programs and provides a range of educational courses, from entry-level programs to those for highly experienced facility managers. To join and follow IFMA's social media outlets online, visit the association's LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or www.ifma.org.
Facility managers have a job that could be described as a balancing act. They continually balance budget needs with maintenance requirements, safety procedures with efficiency and sustainability with profitability. An oft-quoted reason milliCare is the vendor of choice for facility managers is our ability to help them maintain that balance. Our floor and textile care services are both effective and environmentally friendly. Our pricing is competitive, and our work is reliable. milliCare finds ways to help facility managers not only through the wide variety of services we provide, but also by offering resources that can drive career development with our key contacts.
About IFMA’s CFM Exam
The CFM Exam is competency-based, testing what a person can do compared to standards that define the practice of facility management. One cannot take a course or a knowledge-based exam to earn the credential. IFMA’s competency-based program is at a higher level than a knowledge-based program, reflecting the growing importance of facility management in the international business world. Since the program began in 1992, more than 3,100 facility managers from 32 countries have achieved this prestigious recognition. Learn more at www.fm.training/credentials/cfm/about.
*Note: Participation in exam preparation courses is optional and not approved or endorsed as the only or best means of preparation for the CFM Exam. IFMA’s Certification Commission, the governing body responsible for the development and maintenance of the CFM exam, is not involved in the development or delivery of any exam preparation materials.