Rice University has partnered with IFMA to offer the first and only online university course that helps you prepare for the Certified Facility Manager exam. The CFM credential sets the industry standard for ensuring the knowledge and competence of practicing facility managers.
Rice University has partnered with IFMA to offer the first and only online university course that helps you prepare for the Certified Facility Manager exam. IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. This live, instructor-led course provides an overview of the facility management body of knowledge to apply the knowledge and skills gained through a combination of facility management experience and education. Tuition includes the most recent edition of the IFMA FM Learning System. Proven FM Competence, Global Recognition.
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.
Term: Fall 2018
Start Date: Oct. 10, 2018
End Date: Jan. 30, 2019
Schedule: 6-9 p.m. Central time
Length: 13 Wednesdays (no class Oct. 31, Nov. 21, Dec. 26, and Jan. 2)
Early Registration: $2,595 if registering by Sept. 26
Note: This is a preparatory course. Exam registration and fees not included.
Experienced FM professionals with the knowledge and competence to apply their expertise across the entire FM body of knowledge
Facility and Operations upper management 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 an online course?
Offered entirely online
Class recordings are made available in video (MP4) format
Students in most professional development programs must have access to a computer and the Internet to complete the coursework required to earn the Certificate of Achievement.
Minimum System Requirements for Online Courses
The online courses are delivered through Blackboard Collaborate. Before you get started in a Blackboard Collaborate session, you should ensure that your computer is able to support the needs of the collaboration environment. As a first-time user, to test whether your computer is ready to access Blackboard Collaborate, visit https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Participant and click on “How do I get started”.
Connecting to Blackboard Ultra
Students in online format courses must have the following:
Headset or earbuds with a microphone attached to your computer
High-speed Internet connection (Ethernet preferable)
Google Chrome or FireFox (versions 49+) installed on your computer*
Blackboard Ultra can be accessed on a mobile device. The Blackboard app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. Join the webinar directly from your session link in Canvas — the app will open automatically. Please be sure to use your earbuds or headphones, as your built-in speakers may cause echoes during the recorded session.
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.