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Optimum "sustainability" for savvy CEOs and facility professionals goes beyond certifying the premises with the preferred building rating system. It is a commitment to improving the facility’s impact on the environment, productivity and people—not just today, but tomorrow too.
Become an SFP and play a key leadership role in creating, managing, and operating sustainable facilities. The SFP is the new credential for FMs seeking a higher level of sustainable performance. Go farther, faster. Engage all your company’s FM assets to truly maximize triple bottom line results.
The new IFMA SFP Credential Program course is designed to provide FM professionals, related industry professionals, and product and service providers with a complete picture of how SFPs can improve the sustainability of facilities in all eight major categories of sustainable facility management as defined by IFMA: energy, water, materials and resources, workplace management, indoor environmental quality, quality of services, waste and site impact.
Northern Illinois University is one of a limited number of IFMA licensed University providers of this program. Our team of experienced and accredited Facility Management Instructors brings real-world practical experience and examples to the classroom.
The series of three focus areas will equip the SFP to 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:
This professional development program is designed for all FM and like-minded professionals with an interest in sustainable practices. It is ideal for:
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 2 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.
The IFMA SFP Credential Program 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 defined by IFMA. These materials include:
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.
Federal facility managers, who are charged with maintaining the world's largest real estate portfolio, have long sought access to education and training to ensure that investments are made not just in the physical infrastructure, but also in the individuals charged with maintaining it. The FBPTA was enacted by Congress to ensure that Federal FMs have access to the best education and training courses available. To learn more about the FBPTA and to determine how your skills match the GSA-defined competencies, visit http://www.ifmacredentials.org/FBPTA.
Certain candidates may be eligible for funding for this program under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). All inquiries related to WIA funding for these programs must be initiated through your local WorkNet Center. To locate the center nearest you visit https://www.illinoisworknet.com/sites/Search/Pages/results.aspx and click the "Service Locations" tab. Locate your county to access contact information then ask the question "How do I go about accessing my Individual Training Account? (ITA)".
The Illinois Veterans Grant and the Illinois National Guard Grant programs cover tuition and certain fees for eligible students. Charges for non-credit programs offered by NIU-Outreach are not based on university-wide tuition and fee calculations determined by the university and approved by its governing board. The Illinois Veterans Grant and Illinois National Guard Grant do not cover these charges.