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Facilities Management Credential

Become an FM of the Future with ProFM.

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The University of Dallas has partnered with ProFMI to offer the newest credential in the field of facilities management, the ProFM credential. ProFM is a universal credential designed to benefit all facility professionals, regardless of career stage, industry, or country. 

Now is the time to start becoming an FM of the future to ensure you and your organization are prepared to meet the changing roles and needs that the facility management industry as a whole is facing. ProFM’s all-in-one program allows individual facility professionals or whole departments to fill in knowledge gaps and take on skills that are needed to keep your organization moving forward.

The credential will:

  • Expand your FM knowledge and skills, filling in any gaps you may have
  • Teach you to apply the latest best practices to your job immediately
  • Help you develop your strategic business skills to benefit your entire organization
  • Differentiate yourself from your peers
  • Build confidence for leadership roles and decisions

This all-inclusive program offers a number of ways to navigate the changing industry of facilities management by offering a way to train and evaluate staff, and ensuring new hires have the right skills to succeed.

To register, click here.

COVID-19 Considerations

  • This course has been moved to a 100% online format to ensure the safety of our staff, faculty, and students. 

Watch a Video about ProFM

Want to learn more about ProFM? Click here to watch The 24 Things Every FM Should Know: An Introduction to ProFM

Meet Your Instructor

James MyersJames Myers, P.E. ProFM

James has decades of experience in energy, engineering, education, and business. For 22 years, he was the Director of the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute overseeing a ten-fold growth in of the Institute by increasing breadth and depth of facilities management and energy services to public sector entities throughout the county.

Mr. Myers has developed and provided customized training for facility professionals for more than 30 years. He developed and introduced customers to numerous and varied O&M facilities cost saving programs. Mr. Myers received his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and M.S. in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University and is a registered professional engineer and one of the first to receive the ProFM credential. He also worked in the private sector in the power industry and water treatment.

Schedule

This program is held in an online format with 7 online live sessions led by our instructor in the University's LMS. Students attend online sessions at the times listed below for lecture and discussion, and will complete assigned work on their own between live sessions. 

Class Dates: September 14 - December 7, 2020

Class Schedule: 

September 14 (Monday) - online orientation (6:00 - 7:00 PM)

September 28 (Monday) - online training (6:00 - 8:30 PM)

October 12 (Monday) - online training (6:00 - 8:30 PM)

October 26 (Monday) - online training (6:00 - 8:30 PM)

November 9 (Monday - online training (6:00 - 8:30 PM)

November 23 (Monday - online training (6:00 - 8:30 PM)

December 7 (Monday - online review (6:00 - 7:30 PM) 

*Times posted are structured to allow for approximately two hours of training with breaks, at the instructor's discretion. Time zone: Central

To register, click here.

Technology Requirements

Students are required to have Internet access, and use a web camera and microphone to participate in the online live sessions. This equipment is not provided by the University. 

Tuition & Discounts

$2,525 (includes all course materials) - Standard Tuition (Early Bird Rate)

$2,250 (includes all course materials) - Discounted Tuition (Early Bird Rate) 

$2,800 (includes all course materials) - Standard Tuition

$2,525 (includes all course materials) - Discounted Tuition 

Early Bird Discount:

Students can earn an early bird discount by completing the registration process (including payment) by the early bird deadline. The early bird period ends 30 days from the start of the class. In order to qualify for the early bird discount, students must fill out and submit the online registration form, and submit payment prior to the early bird deadline (see registration deadline section for deadline information). 

Discounts:

Discounts are offered for UD Alumni and Students, Government Employees (federal and local), NFMT Industry Partners, and US Veterans. To qualify for the discount, students will be asked to provide an active .edu or .gov email; UD ID; or membership number.

NFMT Partner List:

If you are an active member of one of the NFMT Partners, and would like to take advantage of the discounted price, please contact Kathy Whitgrove at kwhitgrove@udallas.edu with your member ID number.  

  • CFTA
  • NPFMA
  • WIFMA
  • CONNEX
  • ASEM
  • AFE

Materials can only be shipped (via FedEx) once payment has been received.

Registration & Deadlines

To register, click here. 

Registration deadline: August 28, 2020

Early bird registration deadline: August 14, 2020

Early bird registration period ends 30 days from the start of the class. In order to qualify for the early bird discount, students must fill out and submit (online) the registration form, and submit payment prior to the early bird deadline.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Professional Facilities Management Institute (ProFMI) offers scholarship opportunities through their Elevating the FM Profession (EFM) Scholarship Program. 

The scholarship program will offer 3 fully funded scholarships for the ProFM Credential Program yearly: the Veterans Award, the Students Award, and the Professionals Award. Each award includes the entire ProFM Credential Program, including study materials and final assessments, to help facility professionals gain the knowledge and skills they need to not only succeed in the changing industry, but continue shaping its trajectory in the future.

Note: Application for the 2020 scholarship closed on June 1, 2020. Applications for the 2021 scholarship are now open and will be accepted June 2, 2020 through June 1, 2021.
 
Scholarship winner will be announced by ProFMI on August 31, 2020, for the 2020 scholarship.

How To Apply

Ready to apply? To be considered for the 2020 scholarships, you must fill out an online application form on the ProFMI website (link below), by June 1, 2020. This application will include:
  • Preferred Scholarship Category
  • Your FM experience
  • Short essay (250-500 words) that explains why credentialing is important to you, and how you foresee earning a ProFM credential will impact your career over the course of the next five years
  • Additional requirements apply for each category:
    • Veterans: Branch of Military served + Letter of Reference + Resume/CV
    • Students: Official transcript from the educational institution in which you are currently enrolled/or recently graduated from + Letter of Reference
    • Professionals: Letter of Reference + Resume/CV

For more information about the scholarships and to fill out the application click here

About ProFM™

What is ProFM™?

ProFM is the most current, relevant, and universally-applicable credential in facility management. This credential elevates the FM profession and advances the careers of facility professionals by broadening skills, updating knowledge and providing recognition for the achievement of this global standard. 

Why was ProFM Created?

The facility management industry continues to change as it adapts to increasing globalization, significant retirement gaps and advancing technology. Today’s FM professionals need a broad range of skills, expanding beyond traditional FM tasks, to optimize building performance, develop business strategies and satisfy building occupants. And while demand for facility professionals is growing around the world, a lack of universally accepted standards and training make it difficult for employers to identify and hire proven talent.

The ProFM credential was created to help with just that. The credential is based on a comprehensive body of knowledge that incorporates 19 knowledge areas and 5 cross-functional competencies that were created with the input of more than 3,300 professionals, and vetted by some of the top names in FM worldwide.

Visit the ProFMI website: www.profmi.org

The ProFM™ Body of Knowledge

"24 Things Every FM Professional Should Know"

The ProFM Body of Knowledge defines the 19 functional FM knowledge areas and five cross-functional competencies required of today’s facility professionals.

This body of knowledge is the result of an extensive research study led by the Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) and the ProFMI Commission, with input from more than 3,300 professionals spanning 93 countries.

Functional FM Knowledge Areas

Asset Management Risk Management
Project Management Compliance & Standards
Strategic Planning Environmental Health & Safety
Capital Planning Security
Construction Emergency Management
 Operations & Maintenance  Business Management
Technical Services  Human Capital 
Occupant Services  Leadership Skills 
Work Management  Financial Management 
Utility Management  Contract Management 
Space Management Procurement
  Real Estate

Cross-Functional Competencies

Quality Innovation
Collaboration Communication
Sustainability  

ProFM Body of Knowledge Info Graphic

 

 Why UD?

Choose Expert Leadership and Guidance

Our course is the most effective way to earn your ProFM credential and allows you to:

  • Learn from a credentialed instructor who provides expertise, insights and one-on-one guidance.
  • Network, share experiences, and discuss topics with other FM professionals.
  • Stay on track to earn your credential with a structured learning experience and support.
  • Take advantage of your organization’s funding options, such as corporate tuition reimbursement.

Course Materials

ProFM Reading Materials ProFM Course Books

The ProFM Credential Program is comprised of five modules, which provide a broad exploration of the functional knowledge areas and cross-functional competencies that make up the ProFM Body of Knowledge. The modules, available in online and print formats, are as follows:

  • Module 1: Competencies for Facility Professionals
  • Module 2: Asset Management
  • Module 3: Risk Management
  • Module 4: Business Management
  • Module 5: Operations & Maintenance

ProFM Online Resource Page ImageOnline Resources

Access online study tools and online reading materials for a period of 12 months.

Pretest

  • Assessment to help determine current knowledge and identify areas for improvement.

SmartStudy Planning Tool

  • Create a customized SmartStudy plan to identify priorities, estimate study time and create a road map to success.

Flashcards

  • Take advantage of flashcards that cover all five modules.
  • Available in online or printable format.

Online Quizzes

  • Test comprehension and ability to apply learning with online quizzes following each section of the reading materials.

Final Assessment - included in the course materials

  • The two-part ProFM credential final assessment, made up of a Knowledge Exam and Application Exam is available on-demand and may be repeated at no additional charge.
  • The Knowledge Exam made up of 75 knowledge-based, multiple choice questions lasting 90 minutes and the Application Exam contains 50 situation-based, multiple choice questions lasting 90 minutes.
  • Earn the ProFM credential by completing both Exams with a score of 70% or higher.

 How to Earn Your ProFM

 
  • INVEST: Kickstart your FM studies by enrolling in our ProFM Credential Program course.
  • ASSESS: Assess your current FM knowledge and identify gaps with an online pre-test.
  • ENHANCE: Enhance your FM knowledge by reviewing the online or printed reading materials.
  • CHECK: Check your knowledge and apply the concepts you’ve learned with online quizzes and flashcards.
  • EARN: Earn the ProFM credential by passing the two-part online final assessment with a score of 70% or higher.

The ProFM Credential Program helps facility professionals stay up-to-date on the latest developments throughout the industry, and to maintain this currency, ProFM credential holders are required to renew every three years.

ProFM Exam

The ProFM Exam is included as part of this program. You can earn the ProFM credential by passing the two-part online final assessment with a score of 70% or higher.
  • Knowledge Exam: 75 Knowledge-based multiple-choice questions. Duration: 90 minutes.
  • Application Exam: 50 Situation-based multiple-choice questions. Duration: 90 minutes.
  • Pass both exams at 70% or higher to earn the ProFM™ Credential.

Who Should Take This Program?

ProFM was designed to be the one credential for all facility professionals, applicable across industries, job titles, and geographies. ProFM is beneficial at all career levels: 

1. Early Career FM-Related Roles: ProFM provides early-career facility professionals with new FM skills and knowledge and a way to gain recognition with employers, clients, and coworkers.

2. Mid-Career FM-Related Roles: ProFM helps mid-career facility professionals identify and fill their knowledge and skill gaps, prove that they have the skills desired by employers, and show their commitment to leadership. 

3. Senior FM Professionals: ProFM helps senior facility professionals update and validate their knowledge and skills while also serving as a helpful tool for identifying knowledge gaps in themselves and their staff.

Are there any eligibility requirements in order to qualify for ProFM?

While there are no mandatory pre-requisites, it is beneficial for candidates to have one or more of the following:

  • Basic knowledge of facility management
  • Work experience in FM-related functional areas such as:
    • Operations and Maintenance: Technical and occupant services, work management, utility management, space management
    • Asset Management: Project management, strategic and capital planning, construction
    • Risk Management: Compliance and standards, environmental health and safety, security, emergency management
    • Business Management: Human capital, leadership skills, financial management, contract management, procurement, real estate
  • A related FM credential

ProFM Renewal Requirements (Maintaining Your ProFM credential)

The ProFM Credential Program helps facility professionals stay up-to-date on the latest developments throughout the industry, and to maintain this currency, ProFM credential holders are required to renew every three years. Renewal may be completed by earning a minimum of 45 contact hours of continuing education or “renewal credits” that benefit the development of your personal FM career, your organization’s goals and the industry as a whole. Contact hours can be earned in any of the following categories:

  • Continuing Education (attending in-person or virtual courses, educational sessions at conferences, seminars, workshops, digital media consumption, etc.)
  • Working in the FM Profession (advancing knowledge and skills as an FM practitioner or consultant)
  • Reading (consuming books, articles, whitepapers, blogs, etc.)
  • Sharing knowledge (mentoring, coaching, subject matter expert consultation, teaching, etc.)
  • Professional accomplishments (presenting, speaking engagements, board/committee member, publication of book/article/whitepaper, earning related credential, etc.)

Contact Us

If you have any questions we are here to help. Please reach out to Kathy Whitgrove at 972-721-5298 or kwhitgrove@udallas.edu.