Sustainability Credential

Why You Should Take This Program

Facilities Management Goes Green!  NEW and EXCITING FORMAT FOR THE FALL of 2013
Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP™) Credential

Villanova University, in partnership with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), offers the Fall 2013 IFMA (SFP™) Credential Program in a new and exciting format! 

This course qualifies for LEED continuing education.  GBCI recently announced that the IFMA SFP Credential Program has been approved for 70 general CE hours. LEED certified individuals can earn 70 continuing education credits for completing the SFP course and earning the SFP credential.  

New for the Fall 2013, Villanova will present the first 14 hours of the Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP™) certification course as part of IFMA's World Workplace Conference in Philadelphia!

In-class sessions will be held right at the Philadelphia Convention Center on Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Weekly additional online classes will follow from:

  • October 7 to October 30, 2013 - on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • November 4 to November 13, 2013 - on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Bonus Tour!  The course will offer an optional half-day tour, as part of the Greenbuild® International Conference & Expo held in Philadelphia from November 18-22, 2013. Green building tours are one of Greenbuild's most exciting features, providing the opportunity to explore green buildings ranging from renovated warehouses to top-of-the-line skycrapers. This half-day tour is included as part of the overall price of the course. All course materials are also included in the tuition cost.

What is the SFP Credential?

IFMA’s SFP credential is unlike any other credential program. Sustainability is broader and more significant than complying with a building rating system; it is a commitment to improving the facility’s impact on the environment and people—not just at one point in time, but continually. This program reflects Villanova’s commitment to sustainability in certifying professionals around the Delaware Valley and beyond. 

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September 30 & October 1, 2013 - Monday and Tuesday - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Philadelphia Convention Center as part of IFMA's World Workplace Conference 


October 7 & 9, 2013 - Monday and Wednesday - 7:00 to 9:30pm

October 14 & 16, 2013 - Monday and Wednesday - 7:00 to 9:30pm

October  21 & 23, 2013 - Monday and Wednesday - 7:00 to 9:30pm

October  28 & 30, 2013 - Monday and Wednesday - 7:00 to 9:30pm

November 4 & 6, 2013 - Monday and Wednesday - 7:00 to 9:00pm

November 11 & 13, 2013 - Monday and Wednesday - 7:00 to 9:00pm 

About the Program

The IFMA SFP Credential Program will provide you with the tools to assist you and enhance your sustainability knowledge and earn the SFP credential in one complete program. Courses are led by experienced, certified instructors who are leaders and teachers in the field of sustainability and are committed to this goal.

This comprehensive program combines printed and/or electronic reading materials with interactive online study tools and online SFP final assessments. Study materials include:

  • Printed course materials: Three printed/electronic courses teach the SFP topics in an easy-to-understand format.
  • Online study tools: Interactive online study tools including quizzes, case studies, e-Flashcards, progress reports and more will help you apply and retain the SFP concepts.
  • Final SFP assessments: Successfully complete each course’s final assessment and submit your application to IFMA to be awarded your SFP credential.

By enrolling in this course, you will benefit from:

  • Experienced instructors who present the IFMA SFP Credential Program materials in an easy-to-understand format.
  • Training close to home.
  • A structured learning environment to keep you on schedule.
  • Opportunity to build your peer network.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) issued by Villanova University.

Why Should You Become an SFP?

  • Use knowledge-based and data-driven methods to develop solutions that provide the highest value for your facility, organizations and community.
  • Challenge yourself and your organization to go beyond the current thinking.
  • Develop new and innovative sustainability solutions that impact not only facilities management but many other business applications.
  • Gain the recognition of being an informed champion, partner and steward of the built environment in your organization and your community.

The IFMA Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) Credential Program Curriculum

The program consists of three focus areas designed to help facilities management professionals integrate sustainability efforts with the organization’s values and strategies, present a business case for a sustainability initiative, evaluate initiatives from a financial point of view and track and report accomplishments.

Focus Area 1: Strategy and Alignment for Sustainable Facility Management - This section summarizes key concepts related to sustainable facility management from the organizational level and illustrates linkages and actions facility managers must take into consideration in order to make the business case for sustainability in their own facilities.

Focus Area 2: Managing Sustainable Facilities - This section looks in depth at the process of aligning a facility’s sustainability plan with an organization’s vision, strategic goals and policies. It takes the same strategies promoted in an SFP’s business case for sustainability within the organization, and provides the details behind the plans to prepare for, lead and implement those changes.

Focus Area 3: Operating Sustainable Facilities – This section looks at ways in which SFP’s can operate their facilities in a more sustainable manner through changes in building equipment and technology as well as changes in operations and maintenance procedures. Focus area 3 is organized around the eight major categories of sustainable facility management—energy, water, materials and resources, workplace management, indoor environmental quality, quality of services, waste and site impact—from inputs, through facility processes, to outputs.

SFP Credential Requirements

Complete the three online SFP final assessments with a passing score of 75% or higher. Submit your SFP application (with application fee) to IFMA to validate your SFP credential.

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Tad Radzinski, P.E., LEED AP

Tad Radzinski, P.E., LEED AP, co-founder and president of Sustainable Solutions Corporation, has over 27 years of diversified experience in green building design, corporate sustainability and sustainable product design and development. He is a recognized leader in the field and teaches and speaks extensively on his industry experience. Tad assisted Villanova in the development of a Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Engineering and developed graduate classes in Principles of sustainable Development and Sustainable Manufacturing. He teaches at Villanova University, as well as other local colleges.

Tad served as the Waste Minimization Program National Expert for the Environmental Protection Agency from 1997-2007. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and an M.S. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Course Fee

The course is $2500.00 and includes IFMA SFP® Credential Program materials, and final SFP® assessments as well as meals. Please note that a laptop computer is required to complete the assessments in class.

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