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Certified Facility Manager® (CFM) Preparation

Study the IFMA FM Learning System® Course

Proven FM Competence, Global Recognition.

The Rice University Certified Facility Manager® (CFM) preparation course, using the IFMA FM Learning System®, provides an overview of the facility management body of knowledge, the basis of the CFM Exam. Our course – offered entirely online – is the first and only university course that helps you prepare for the CFM Exam. The CFM Exam, the only global facility management certification available, is a competency-based certification exam that tests the ability to apply knowledge and skills gained through a combination of facility management experience and education.  Facility Management Profession Sees Growth  

Who Should Enroll?

  • Experienced FM professionals with the knowledge and competence to apply their expertise across the entire FM body of knowledge
  • Facility Directors/Managers/Supervisors, Operations/Projects/Building Managers/Supervisors
  • Product/service suppliers and consultants to the FM industry
  • FMPs and SFPs with the goal of becoming a CFM

Why Choose Rice?

  • Offered entirely online
  • Live instruction
  • Class recordings are made available in video (MP4) format
  • Quality instruction at one of the world's top universities


Jerry DiCola , CFM, SFP, FMP, LEED Green Associate, is the Director, Facilities Operations for Horizon Pharma, Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing, acquiring and commercializing differentiated products that address unmet medical needs.  He has direct responsibilities for the oversight of 165,000 leased space in Lake Forest and consultative support to Horizon Pharma’s three international offices.  He is an IFMA certified instructor and has been facilitating IFMA course at Northern Illinois University since 2008. Most recently, he was the president for the Chicago Chapter of IFMA.

John T. Pivik, MS, CFM, PE, SFP, LEED Green Associate,is the president of JTP Consulting, Ltd and provides consulting services in Strategic Planning, Facility Assessment and Sustainability, FM Staffing and Organizational Change Management. He also serves as an educator in FM for George Mason University, The Catholic University of America, BOMI, RICS and is a certified instructor for IFMA in the FMP, SFP and CFM Exam Review programs. John earned a Bachelors in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University and earned a Master of Science degree in Management for Organizational Effectiveness from Marymount University. He worked in the Corporate Real Estate Department of the World Bank for twenty years, serving as Manager for Facilities Operations and Maintenance achieving industry recognition for improvements in the practices of Move Management, Construction Partnering, Help Desk Effectiveness, Operating Cost Management, Client Satisfaction Survey/Customer Service and a continuous reduction in energy consumption. 

Course Details

Certified Facility Manager Preparation
  • Jerry DiCola , CFM, SFP, FMP, LEED Green Associate
  • John T. Pivik, MS, CFM, PE, SFP, LEED Green Associate
The spring course is now underway. Sign up for the fall 2017 semester. Register Now
13 meetings
Oct. 4-Jan. 17
(no class Oct. 18, Nov. 22
and Dec. 27)
Day of the Week
Course Format
3.9 CEUs
Time of Day
6-9 p.m. Central time
Tuition Fee
If enrolling by Sept. 25: $2,595
After Sept. 25: $2,795
Download Flyer Information Session Contact Us Note: Fee includes cost of most recent printed edition of and online access to the IFMA Facility Management Learning System®. International participants, please note that books shipped internationally will incur additional costs that may be considerably higher.