Sustainability Facility Professional Credential

Villanova University in partnership with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), offers the IFMA (SFP) Credential Program in a new interactive classroom setting.

This course qualifies for LEED continuing education. United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has approved the IFMA SFP Credential Program for Credential Maintenance. This is great news for LEED® Professionals who can now earn the SFP credential and 70 general CE hours when they successfully complete the SFP program! See below for details.

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Course Fees & Schedule

The course is $2500.00 and includes IFMA SFP® Credential Program materials, and final SFP® assessments. Please note that a computer is required to complete the online assessments.

Registration, Billing/Payments and Cancellation Policy

Course Dates - Spring 2016 Location

Dates: March 5 through April 23, 2016 

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Except for March 5th - Class is:
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. this date only

Villanova University
Main Campus
Villanova, PA 19085

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
  • 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

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. 

Earn LEED Maintenance CE Hours

USGBC has approved the IFMA SFP Credential Program for Credential Maintenance. This is great news for LEED®Professionals who can now earn the SFP credential and 70 general CE hours when they successfully complete the SFP program!


  • Approved for: 70 general CE hours
  • Approval date: September 18, 2012
  • Course ID: 0090008765
  • Course level: 400

For more information about USGBC LEED Credential Maintenance, visit

SFP Credential Course 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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