The APPA credentialing program recently completed a complete overhaul that now delivers the entire study course and credential exam online, making it a more convenient and cost effective choice for professional development.
“The CEFP and EFP are the only professional certifications that cover all the aspects of the educational facilities industry, from planning, design and construction to daily maintenance and operation,” said John Morris, chair of the APPA Credentialing Board. “The study courses are a great exercise for facilities managers at every career level; they cover all four areas of the BOK and provide a great opportunity to refresh skills or broaden your knowledge into less familiar areas of educational facilities management.”
“Breaking out the test into 4 separate chapter quizzes was one of the most important parts of my studying, giving me the ability to focus on what I wasn’t understanding,” said Mike Folk, Construction Project Coordinator at University of Michigan. “The study material was excellent; the study guide and flashcards were paramount.”
In addition to study materials, participants are assigned to cohort groups that are led by two CEFP certified facilitators. The facilitators help by answering questions posted to the online Forum section of the website and discuss chapter content on the 4 scheduled webinars.
APPA Regions have partnered with APPA to improve their institutional members’ opportunities for professional development by offering deep discounts for the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential and Educational Facilities Professional (EFP) certificate. The full pricing information and purchasing information is available on the Credentialing website.
“Credentialing is critical to our chosen profession," said Dave Maharrey, SRAPPA Immediate Past President. “Credentialing solidifies the educational facility professional role; anyone can hire a plumber, but a credentialed profession provides immeasurable value to the overall education mission. The SRAPPA board recognizes that helping our members pursue professional excellence will strengthen those individual members, our institutions, our region, and our industry as a whole.”
The exams can be taken individually with a proctor or in a group setting offered by APPA a few times a year. The next group testing will be January 18, 2017, in conjunction with APPAU in Dallas. Pre-registration is required for the group exam sessions. Contact Kelly Ostergrant for more information.
“Passing the exam and achieving your CEFP or EFP is a benchmark that publicly demonstrates not just your knowledge, but your drive for personal improvement and a commitment to the industry,” Morris said.