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As the facilities profession becomes more complex, it’s critical to demonstrate your well-rounded knowledge of all the systems that make your campus an efficient place to learn, live and work.

Today’s facilities professionals face a variety of challenges, such as:

• Aging infrastructure of buildings and utilities
• Expanding workload and expectations
• Reduced resources and skills gaps
• Utilizing space more efficiently

APPA’s CEFP certification is the only facilities credential that focuses on your professional development, while encompassing the full, multi-disciplinary range of educational facilities management principles and practices – from planning, design and construction to daily operations and general management.

Professional certification ensures that you are well equipped to meet these challenges and demonstrates your commitment to lifelong learning.

The Certified Educational Facilities Professional credential (CEFP) is a certification designed for both aspiring and existing educational facilities professionals with eight years of combined education and professional facilities management experience. Earning the CEFP demonstrates that you have a mastery of professional expertise and is a mark of superior proficiency in the core competencies for education facilities professionals.

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

The Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) designation provides a professional credentialing continuum for the educational facilities professional.

“Studying for the CEFP using the APPA resources has been an excellent experience in its own right, and I can’t wait to take the exam.”

Ian Smith (is currently CEFP certified!)
Director of Facilities
Earlham College

“There is so much great information in the program, but one of my biggest takeaways is a better understanding of change management in an organization.” Read More

Chris Reyes, CEFP
Assistant Director of Utilities
Facilities Management