FOR FMS SEEKING
the top two
performance-based. The third
related to career
With a talent gap emerging, continuing education could
help you take the next step in FM
How Can Professional
Whether you are looking to
advance within your current
organization or want to take the
next step in your career somewhere else, seeking professional
education might get you there.
With a vast array of programs held at universities across the country, opportunities are available
to FMs hoping to advance their careers. Consider
these five topics that will help you decide if a facility management education program is right for you.
1) Financing Professional Education
First, consider the finances of prospective programs and whether you can receive any funding.
For a professional with experience looking to
improve career prospects, certificate and master’s
programs are the best choices, but they provide
vastly different experiences.
A certificate program will take less time than
a master’s degree and will cost less. By preparing
you for certain credentials, a certificate will typi-
cally help with improving the core competencies
of facility management. The duration of a master’s
program, on the other hand, will give you more
coursework and more opportunities to address
specific areas of interest, as well as further research
FMs that receive credentials (e.g., CFM, FMP,
SFP) after taking coursework find tangible
results. According to an IFMA study, FMs who
have earned credentials see a $6,000 average
increase in annual salary. Moreover, 83% of
respondents in the study have found a significant
value relative to investment.
BENEFITS GAINED FROM CREDENTIALS