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Increase your skillset, build credibility, gain a competitive edge, network with other FM professionals. IFMA’s FMP is for facility management professionals, those who work with FM’s and those who work in related industries seeking to advance in the FM field. It’s an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that facility management employers are demanding while proving to your current and prospective employers that your abilities meet or exceed industry-wide standards.

 

If you purchased the FMP Credentials program before 8/28/2019, please review these FAQs.

 

FMP Credential FAQs

How do I earn the FMP credential?
Are there prerequisites to earn the FMP credential?

Can I test out of the FMP program?
What is the cost of the FMP program?
Do I have to purchase all the courses at once? What are my options if I can’t afford the FMP full bundle?
What is the FMP application fee?
How many questions need to be answered correctly to pass the FMP final assessment?
What if I do not pass the FMP final assessment? When can I retake the FMP final assessment?
If I fail a final assessment, how do I find out which topics I need to review further?
How long do I have to take the FMP final assessment? Does it expire?
After submitting my application, how long will it take to get my FMP credential?
How do I become an IFMA member? How does IFMA use the information shared in my application?
 

IFMA FMP Credential Program training material FAQs

When did the updated IFMA FMP Credential Program training materials become available?
When do the updated FMP program training materials become available?
Can I get an eBook or PDF version of the learning modules with the independent eLearning option? Hardcopy book?

What is the estimated time for completing the independent eLearning option?
How long do I have access to my independent eLearning course including the online study tools for the FMP program?
Once I order the independent eLearning online with a credit card, what happens?
Are there any computer system requirements to take the courses?
Can I take the pre-test, chapter quizzes and final assessments more than one time, perhaps with a different set of questions each time?
During the training, are there milestones everyone should complete before the assessment, or can each person move through content at will?
Can I print hard copies of online items like the glossary, flashcards, progress reports, etc.?
Can I earn IFMA-issued CEUs for completing the FMP program?
What is the return policy for the FMP program?
Which subject matter experts were involved in the development of the training materials?
 

FMP Credential FAQs

How do I earn the FMP credential?
To earn the FMP credential, individuals must pass all four FMP courses’ final assessments within the set time limit and submit their FMP application (with fee) to IFMA. You will receive an email with a link to your FMP application form after successfully passing the four FMP final assessments.

Are there prerequisites to earn the FMP credential?
No. There are no specific educational or experiential prerequisites required to take the FMP program or final assessments.

Are there any system requirements to take the FMP program online?
Yes. Whether you have chosen the independent eLearning or instructor-led option to take the FMP program, you will need a computer or mobile device with a strong internet connection. Please read the system requirements document carefully. Many of the online course activities do not work with certain internet browsers. System Requirements

Can I test out of the FMP program?
No. The FMP is a knowledge-based certificate program, so you cannot test out of it nor can you buy only the final assessments.

What is the cost of the FMP program?
The cost for the program can be found on the Order Info (click to view) of the IFMA website. If you have questions about any discounts available through an employer, US Government or as an IFMA member, please email IFMA@ifma.org.

Do I have to purchase all the courses at once? What are my options if I can’t afford the FMP full bundle?
Users will have the option to purchase each module individually instead of the full bundle. This option provides more flexibility to those not ready to commit to the full course, making it more feasible both in the financial investment as well as the time commitment. If you purchase an individual course, access expires one year from the date the course was activated or enrolled on your account.

What is the FMP application fee?
The non-refundable application fee is US $140 for Professional/Associate Members, US $115 for Young Professional Members and US$ 250 for Nonmembers. Where applicable, tier pricing will be calculated when you submit your application in CAMP. You will receive an email with a link to your FMP application form after successfully completing the four FMP final assessments.

How many questions need to be answered correctly to pass the final assessments?
Final Assessment passing scores (or amount of questions to be answered correctly) and times to take the assessment vary by course. Please review the table below carefully.

Course Title Amount of Questions to Answer Correctly to Pass Total Amount of Questions on the Assessment Amount of Time to Take the Assessment
Finance and Business 24 31 80 minutes
Leadership and Strategy 22 28 70 minutes
Operations and Maintenance 30 39 100 minutes
Project Management 27 48 120 minutes

Each final assessment must be completed in one sitting. You cannot pause the assessment and return to it later. If you do not achieve a passing score within the allotted time, you must start the assessment over.

What if I do not pass the FMP final assessment? When can I retake the FMP final assessment?
Users who fail a final assessment may retake it immediately. Users get 3 attempts to pass the final assessment. If you don’t pass on your 3rd attempt, your final assessment will go into a 30-day hold. After 30 days, your final assessment will become available for 3 more attempts. This process repeats until you pass your final assessment, or your course expires.

If I fail a final assessment, how do I find out which topics I need to review further?
Each course has an “Analyze Your Progress” activity. Click on the activity and then on the Scorecard Report. The scorecard report features scores from your most recent attempt for the Pre-test and final assessment. It will feature best scores for your chapter quizzes. Scroll to the bottom of the scorecard and you can download a PDF version of your scorecard.

How long do I have to take the FMP final assessment? Does it expire?
If you purchase an individual course, access expires one year from the date the course was activated or enrolled on your account. If you purchase the bundle of all four courses, access expires two years from the activation or enrollment date on your account.

After submitting my application, how long will it take to get my FMP credential?
Once a candidate has successfully earned a passing score on all four final assessments and completed the FMP application, IFMA will verify their results and approve the application. Verification may take up to 30 business days.

How do I become an IFMA member?
Go to www.ifma.org/membership to learn more about becoming an IFMA member. Membership in IFMA is open to individuals who support the association’s purpose, vision, mission, goals, core values and code of ethics. You may join as a Professional Member, Associate Member, Young Professional Member or a Student Member. Join online by completing the online membership application.

How does IFMA use the information shared in my application?
IFMA uses your information to enroll you into the course you purchased. IFMA will never sell your data to a third party. We take your privacy very seriously and treat all personal information shared in your application as confidential.

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IFMA FMP Credential Program training material FAQs

When did the updated IFMA FMP Credential Program training materials become available?
The updated independent eLearning format of the program will be released in August of 2019. The live classroom/instructor-led format will be released in September of 2019.

When do the updated FMP program training materials become available?
IFMA offers two options to take the FMP program. Independent eLearning and Instructor-led. The independent eLearning includes comprehensive learning modules, interactive study tools and access to the FMP final assessments. Independent eLearning means you have everything you need online to take and pass your course.

The instructor-led version includes the hardcopy learning modules (student book), access to the online interactive study tools and FMP Final assessments. We also include the eLearning modules for you to use as a reference. Visit our training components page for complete details.

Can I get an eBook or PDF version of the learning modules with the independent eLearning option? Hardcopy book?
No, the independent eLearning option comes with online learning modules only. We do not offer eBooks or a PDF of the learning modules for the FMP program. We do offer an option to purchase the hardcopy books with the independent eLearning option. They can only be purchased with the independent eLearning option and not on their own.

What is the estimated time for completing the independent eLearning option?
The length of time necessary to complete the FMP courses varies greatly between candidates. Factors that influence the amount of time to completion may include background experience and knowledge, reading comprehension, study time available, familiarity with online learning platforms, and other highly individualized factors. The average amount of time spent by candidates ranges from 50-100 hours needed to finish all four courses and the four assessments.

How long do I have access to my independent eLearning course including the online study tools for the FMP program?
If you purchase an individual course, access expires one year from the date it was activated. If you purchase a bundle of all four courses, access expires two years from the date it was activated.

Once I order the independent eLearning online with a credit card, what happens?
After your purchase is complete, you can immediately go to My Courses in My Account on the left navigation menu. Click on My Courses and select the title of the course and begin.

Are there any computer system requirements to take the courses?
Yes, please read the computer system requirements before you take the course. System requirements

Can I take the pre-test, chapter quizzes and final assessments more than one time, perhaps with a different set of questions each time?
Yes. You may take the pre-test and chapter quizzes as many times as you like. They cycle through a pool of questions, but eventually they will repeat. Questions are randomized each time you take the assessment. The final assessment does not have unlimited retakes. Users get 3 attempts to pass the Final Assessment. If you don’t pass on your 3rd attempt, your final assessment will go into a 30-day hold. After 30 days, your final assessment will become available for 3 more attempts. This process repeats until you pass your final assessment, or your course expires.

During the training, are there milestones everyone should complete before the assessment, or can each person move through content at will?
At the top of each FMP course are steps to take the course. It is recommended that users begin each course by taking the pretest, then examine their results by viewing the course scorecard report located in Analyze My Results. The scorecard report results show the pre-test score by topics. Users can then choose where to focus their study time based on their individual needs.

Can I print hard copies of online items like the glossary, flashcards, progress reports, etc.?
The flashcards are available in a printable format. For all other online items, you are welcome to use your Print Screen function. However, please remember IFMA owns the worldwide copyrights to the course materials, therefore any material printed can only be used by the original purchaser/user of the program, for the duration of the course enrollment. Materials printed from the FM.Training portal are intended only as personal study aids that should be discarded after use.

Can I earn IFMA-issued CEUs for completing the FMP program?
Yes, IFMA does offer CEUs to individuals who complete the independent eLearning and instructor-led FMP courses. IFMA will issue CEUs for all delivery methods based upon the minimum value calculated for eLearning courses. Those attending an instructor-led course must verify their attendance by completing the sign-in sheet or electronic verification. The number of CEUs earned will be as follows:

Finance and Busines Leadership and Strategy Operations and Maintenance Project Management
1.5 CEUs 1.4 CEUs 1.5 CEUs 1.3 CEUs

One (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) equals ten (10) contact hours of learner interaction with the content of the learning activity, which includes classroom, self-paced instruction, pre/post assignments, and/or homework in support of a learning outcome.

What is the return policy for the FMP program?

You may return your FMP program for credit within 30 days of the original purchase date under the following conditions:

  • You have not started the online independent eLearning including the study tools component of the program.
  • Any printed study materials are still in their original condition and packaging, such that they can be shipped and accepted by another purchaser.

Email fmtraining@rics.org for further information about qualifying for a refund. All refunds will be handled by contacting fmtraining@rics.org.

Which subject matter experts were involved in the development of the training materials?
The development and content analysis of the IFMA FMP Credential Program was completed under the guidance of recognized experts in the facility management field.

  • Stephen Brown, CFM, SFP, FMP, CPE, CPMM, MBCP, CBCP, CESCO, REM
  • Marnie Cluckie, CFM, SFP, ACC, BArch, BES, LEED AP, PROSCI
  • Laverne C. Deckert, BA
  • Gerard C. Dicola, CFM, SFP, FMP, Green Assoc
  • Alana F. Dunoff, FMP, IFMA Fellow
  • John Hickey, CFM
  • Christopher Hodges, PE, CFM, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow, FRICS
  • Cal Littlejohn, CFM
  • Jon Eldon Martens, FMP, SFP, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow
  • Aykean Matthews, MBA, CFM, FMP 
    Phyllis J. Meng, CFM, SFP, IFMA Fellow
  • Anthony Miele, CFM, FMP Basavaraju N L, FMP
  • Patrick Okamura, CFM, SFP, FMP, CCS, CIAQM, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow
  • Joel Orton, CFM, FMP
  • Osama Othman, MBA, BSc, FMP, PMP
  • John T. Pivik, MS, CFM, PE, SFP, FMP, LEED Green Assoc
  • Samantha Rosenthal, MA, BA Mark R. Sekula, CFM, FMP, SFP, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow
  • Guy Thatcher, CMC, FMP, IFMA Fellow
  • Brenda J. Varner, RCFM
  • John Vinken, MSc Eng, RCFM, CEM, CRSP, CET, FMP, SFP 

 

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