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APPA’s Certification Mission

The mission of APPA’s Certification program is dedicated to strengthening and sustaining the profession by increasing professional competency and supporting the educational mission through establishing and validating standards for professional practice.

The purpose of APPA’s Certification program is to:

  • Assure educational institutions of the quality of their facilities management professionals
  • Drive professional development
  • Establish standards for professional performance in educational facilities management

APPA’s Credentialing Board operates as an independent Board of Directors. The certification program is organized as a tax exempt, non-profit, 501(c)(6) organization that was formally incorporated in 2007.

2022 – 2023 Certification Board Members

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Emmet Boyle, Chair, Director, Maintenance & Utilities, University of Regina, MBA, CEM, FMA, CEFP

Peter Strazdas, Vice Chair, Associate Vice President Facilities Management, Western Michigan University, CEFP

Randy Gentzler, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Loyola University Maryland

Erik C. Backus, Howard E. Lechler Endowed Director, Clarkson University, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, FMP

Dr. Russell Garcia, Director for Higher Education, Johnson Controls

Elizabeth A. Clark, Budget Analyst III, Penn State University, M.Ed., CEFP

E. Lander Medlin, APPA President & CEO

Christina Hills, APPA Director of Credentialing & Benchmarking

Kelly Ostergrant, APPA Credentialing Coordinator, CAP

For questions or inquires:

Kelly Ostergrant
Certification Coordinator  
Office phone: 703-542-3835

Christina Hills
Director of Credentialing and Benchmarking
Office phone: 703-542-3844