Facilities Management Professional

Villanova University's College of Professional Studies offers courses and certifications that build expertise and may advance the careers of facility managers and sustainability facility managers in any industry. With two courses offered intermittently throughout the year, professionals have the opportunity to earn industry recognized designations upon completion of each course. Designations include IFMA’s Facility Management Professional® (FMP®) — the must-have credential for facility management (FM) professionals and industry suppliers looking to increase their depth-of-knowledge in the core FM topics deemed critical by employers, and IFMA’s Sustainability Facility Professional® (SFP) — the leading credential for the development of sustainable FM strategies.




Value of the FMP® Credential

  • Gain a competitive advantage and improve your job performance through education and recognition.
  • Build practical skills you can apply to your job immediately, resulting in cost-savings and added value to your organization.
  • Earn professional credibility and recognition from current and potential employers, clients, work teams and peers.
  • Earn LEED Maintenance CE credits: LEED Professionals can earn 60 general continuing education hours upon completion of the full FMP program or 15 hours per individual course.
  • Earn IFMA-issued CEUs.

Who Should Become an FMP?

  • Facility management practitioners looking to increase their depth-of-knowledge in the foundational FM topics deemed critical by employers.
  • Individuals who are transitioning into the FM profession.
  • Related-industry practitioners such as architects, designers and safety engineers.
  • Facility-related product and service providers.
  • Students entering the profession from colleges, universities, certificate or technical programs.
  • LEED professionals seeking continuing education hours.
  • Federal employees and contractors looking to comply with the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (FBPTA).

Why Enroll in a Live Course?

By enrolling in this course, you’ll benefit from:

  • An experienced instructor who presents the IFMA FMP 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.

Course Materials

Not only will you enhance your FM knowledge and skills, and qualify for the FMP credential (upon successful completion of the four online final assessments), course materials are provided and will serve as an ongoing reference for facility management practices. The course investment includes all course materials and FMP final assessments, but does not cover the FMP application fee.

Course Topics

Operations and Maintenance

  • Introduction to Operations and Maintenance
  • Assess Facility Needs
  • Manage/Oversee Operations and Maintenance of Building, Systems and Equipment
  • Manage/Oversee Occupant Services
  • Select the Best Resources
  • Measure and Optimize Operations and Maintenance Performance

Project Management

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Define Projects
  • Plan Projects
  • Manage and Oversee Projects
  • Close Projects

Finance and Business

  • Finance and Business in the Facility Organization
  • Financial Management of the Facility Organization
  • Procurement in the Facility Organization
  • Contracts in the Facility Organization

Leadership and Strategy

  • Plan Strategically
  • Lead and Manage the Facility Organization
  • Provide Leadership to the Entire Organization

About the Course

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. 

IFMA’s Sustainability Facility Professional® (SFP) is the leading credential for the development of sustainable FM strategies. This globally-recognized credential delivers innovative ideas and training to help you advance your career.

This course is based upon and includes the IFMA SFP Credential Program® materials. The curriculum was developed by a team of global industry experts to provide a complete picture of how SFPs can improve the sustainability of their facilities in the eight major categories of sustainability as defined by IFMA: energy, water, materials and resources, workplace management, indoor environmental quality, quality of services, waste, and site impact. Course materials include:

  • Electronic/printed reading materials
  • Interactive online study tools
  • SFP final assessments

Not only will you enhance your sustainability FM knowledge and skills, and qualify for the SFP credential (upon successful completion of the three final SFP assessments), the materials will serve as an ongoing reference. The course investment includes all course materials and SFP final assessments, but does not cover the SFP application fee.

Who Should Enroll?

This program is designed for all FM and like-minded professionals with an interest in sustainable practices. It is ideal for:

  • Facility management practitioners with a baseline of FM industry knowledge.
  • FM professionals with proven experience transitioning into sustainability related positions.
  • Related industry practitioners such as architects, designers and safety engineers.
  • Facility-related product and service providers.
  • CFMs and FMPs interested in expanding their depth of expertise in the area of sustainable facility management.

How Do I Earn The SFP?

The IFMA SFP® Credential Program is the only tool you’ll need to earn your SFP® credential. This interactive program will teach the knowledge, skills and tools needed to develop sustainable facility management practices and also includes the final SFP assessments required to earn the SFP credential.

The SFP program is made up of three focus areas:

  • Strategy and Alignment for Sustainable Facility Management
  • Managing Sustainable Facilities
  • Operating Sustainable Facilities

Earn LEED Maintenance Hours

The U.S. 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!

  • 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 http://www.usgbc.org/leed/credentials#maintaining.

Facilities Management

This program runs Friday evenings and Saturdays, every other weekend for six weeks.

Fridays: 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Saturdays: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Sept. 13 & 14
  • Sept. 27 & 28
  • Oct. 11 & 12
  • Oct. 25 & 26
  • Nov. 8 & 9
  • Nov. 22 & 23


IFMA Member: $2,400
Non-Member: $2,500
Sustainability for Facilities Professionals

This program runs Friday evenings and Saturdays over four weekends.


Fridays: 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Saturdays: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

  • Sept. 20 & 21
  • Sept. 27 & 28
  • Oct. 4 & 5
  • Oct. 11 & 12


IFMA Member: $2,200
Non-Member: $2,300




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Contact Information

Villanova University
College of Professional Studies
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 104
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-4300
Fax:     610-519-7910
Email:  cps.info@villanova.edu

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