Body of Knowledge
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APPA's Body of Knowledge (BOK) - An APPA Membership Benefit
A body of knowledge is the collected wisdom, experience, processes, and facts that both inform a profession and provide the solid foundation from which continuous improvements and innovative change can occur. Since 1914, APPA has made countless contributions to the educational facilities management profession through its training programs, publications, and research projects. Competency, collaboration, and credibility for the facilities professional--in support of his or her institution's vision and mission--are the desired outcomes of these efforts.
APPA’s Body of Knowledge (the BOK)--available in a searchable, digital database--develops, updates, and disseminates the foundational content required by facilities professionals at colleges, universities, schools, museums, and other nonprofit, educational organizations. Editor-in-chief Maggie Kinnaman is overseeing dozens of writers, editors, and peer reviewers as they revise, update, and enhance the APPA body of knowledge. The project is ongoing, and updated sections are posted as soon as they are peer reviewed and approved for publication.
The Body of Knowledge is built on the foundation of the four core competency areas identified by APPA:
- General Administration and Management
- Operations and Maintenance
- Energy, Utilities, and Environmental Stewardship
- Planning, Design, and Construction
The digital BOK (pronounced B-O-K) will assist you in your search for professional guidance, best practices, and policies and procedures as you support the mission and vision of your educational institution. The BOK also serves as the foundational text for APPA's Institute for Facilities Management, as well as the body of knowledge you need to know as you pursue APPA’s Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential and the Educational Facilities Professional (EFP) certificate. Learn more about APPA credentialing.
The BOK Table of ContentsView the table of contents for all chapters currently housed in the Body of Knowledge.
The BOK CommunityAs a member institution/organization or subscribing nonmember, every person from that organization will have the opportunity to access the Body of Knowledge, search the database, and read and download chapters. All users will be notified of any new chapters or updates made to the BOK.
The BOK Editorial Board and Peer ReviewersMany people have contributed their time and energy to APPA's Body of Knowledge, including chapter authors, editors, and peer reviewers. View the list of editorial board members who coordinate this expansive project. Many thanks also to our BOK peer reviewers, who have read chapters and provided valuable comments for content improvement.
Fee StructureFree to APPA member institutions, organizations, and business partners
$499 per year subscription to nonmember institutions, organizations, business partners, and individuals
Access to the BOK
APPA member institutions/organizations recieve full access to the BOK as part of their membership at no additional cost. Your membership allows BOK access to anyone in your organization. They do not have to be primary or associate members of APPA, but they do need to register themselves in the APPA database. Nonmember institutions/organizations can access the BOK through an annual subscription.
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