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Body of Knowledge (BOK)

APPA BOK (Body of Knowledge) logo. Letters "BOK" in orange with acronym spelled out beneath.

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. Four content coordinators and APPA staff oversee 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.