International Facility Management Association
IFMA Seattle
5727 Baker Way NW, Suite 200
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
tel: 877-460-5880
fax: 253-265-3043

Educational Opportunities

Facility Professionals
Welcome to the Education Committee Section of the IFMA Seattle web site. Here you'll find details of all the FM-related educational activities the chapter is involved in, including the CFM (Certified Facility Manager) designation and listing of training events, scholarship info and education resources. The education committee provides information and advice to members seeking professional development, technical training, and credentialing to enhance their career growth. We organize a one-day annual symposium in March of each year.
Additional educational resources:
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Visit our Presentations page.

Education News

 Seattle Educational Events
 2017 - 2018

Check out this snapshot of upcoming educational events that are geared towards improving your FM skills and connections. Between the free onsite tool demonstrations, industry tradeshows, certified courses, and one big Education Symposium, there are some great options for satisfying that drive to be successful in your FM career.

Benchmarking 201: Update your account, understand your score, and take action
March 8, 2018
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The City of Seattle is offering a free workshop for participants that have previously benchmarked their commercial and multi-family properties. This hands-on session will teach you how to make annual updates to your building's energy performance using the free on-line tool ENERGY STARĀ® Portfolio Manager. Participants will also learn tips to make their energy score as accurate as possible, learn how to use the data to track their energy performance overtime, and will be introduced to the "beyond benchmarking" with a viewing of tools, resources, and utility incentive programs that can help them achieve energy savings.

Where: Smart Buildings Center, 1200 12th Ave S, Seattle
Cost: FREE

What's New in Cooling Tower O&M?
March 21, 2018
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Does your building have a cooling tower? If you do, you need to attend the March 21st Workshop on "What's new with cooling tower operations and maintenance," presented by Seattle Public Utilities Water Conservation Program. SPU has been providing incentives and education to the local community for many years. After the Cooling Tower Incentive Program Pilot, and a few years of experience and data, combined with new products, the team and customers have lots of information to share. Follow this link to register for this free class on Wednesday March 21, 2018, and to get more information.

Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level 1 and Exam SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE
March 28, 2018

The 2018 Series Launches March 28th in Seattle; September 25th in Renton IFMA Members receive $100 off of BOC tuition; additionally there is one scholarship available through Grosvenor Americas.
This scholarship was created by Grosvenor Americas, a privately-owned property group that has a strong commitment to sustainability and wishes to help promote green practices within the building operations industry.
One scholarship is available to a prospective Building Operator Certification student in 2018. The scholarship amount is $2180 and is to be spent on the BOC training and certification program. ($1895 towards training and certificate completion, $285 towards certification examination).
Please contact Melanie Danuser for more information
BOC is the leading training and certification program for building engineers and maintenance personnel. BOC graduates make their buildings more comfortable, efficient and environmentally friendly, thanks to skills they master in training and through application projects.

FMP & CFM Spring Courses!

Do you want to further your career? Gain knowledge and credibility? Then the Facility Management Professional (FMP) Credential is for YOU! The IFMA Facility Management Professional (FMP) credential is designed to accelerate a facility manager's transition into the profession. Enroll today to improve your knowledge, enhance your skills, and have access to everything you need to earn the FMP credential.

FMP - Operations & Maintenance
April 14-15, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

FM's manage/oversee an operating facility primarily. To do this, FM's must have a working knowledge of building systems, structure, interiors, exteriors & grounds so the facility & all of its required systems function. The required systems need to function efficiently, reliably, safely, securely and in a manner consistent with existing regulations and standards. Effective operation and maintenance of facilities is a complex responsibility in today's environment. Cost: IFMA Members - $550 Non-Members - $650

IFMA New Member Breakfast
April 17, 2018
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration will open soon and is open to New Members, Board Members, and Committee Members.
Where: Salty's in West Seattle

FMP - Project Management
April 28-29, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Facility managers make use of all aspects of project management beginning with planning, scoping, scheduling, and ending with evaluating. Project planning and management are core skills in facility management. The skills are particularly important because of the wide range of projects assigned to the facility organization. Projects vary in scope, complexity, duration and financial risk. Cost: IFMA Members - $550 Non-Members - $650

Operations & Maintenance April 14-15, 2018 Project Management, April 28-29, 2018 Extended CFM Review June 1-3, 2018 Exam Review Only June 3, 2018

Location: Glen Acres Golf & Country Club - Board Room 1000 S. 112th St. Seattle, WA 98168 Driving Directions The Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential sets the industry standard for ensuring the knowledge and competence of practicing facility managers. IFMA's certification process is designed to assess competency in the field through work experience, education and the ability to pass a comprehensive exam that covers 11 competencies that make up the facility management body of knowledge.

Save the date! 22nd Annual Education Symposium & Tradeshow May 23, 2018

"The Sustainable Facilities Management Career" Location: Lynwood Convention Center

CFM- Extended Review
June 1-3, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Includes a copy of the IFMA Facility Management Learning System ($1200 Value) Cost: IFMA Members - $950 Non-Members - $1150 *Please call for reduced pricing if you already have a copy of the IFMA Facility Management Learning System.

CFM- Exam Review Only June 3, 2018 (Sun) 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Cost: IFMA Members - $150 Non-Members - $250

Save the Date- June 20, 2018

The IFMA Seattle Education Symposium is our chapter's flagship education event featuring a full day of continuing education sessions on important trends and practices in facility management. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 20th to attend this day of networking and education. This year's theme is "The Sustainable FM Career" with keynote speaker IFMA fellow Dr. Dean Kashiwagi and session topics including Ergonomics and Wellness; The FM's Response to the Regulatory Environment; Meeting the Challenge of Retirees in Facilities and Maintenance; Disaster Preparedness and Management; and Credential Programs Available to Facilities Managers: Maximizing Your Career.

June 20, 2018 | Save the date!

The IFMA Seattle Education Symposium is our chapter's flagship education event featuring a full day of continuing education sessions on important trends and practices in facility management.
The IFMA Seattle Education Symposium is our chapter's flagship education event featuring a full day of continuing education sessions on important trends and practices in facility management.
Location: Lynwood Convention Center

  New Incentives: Building Tune-Up Accelerator Accepting Applications
December 1, 2017 Deadline

 The City of Seattle is recruiting 100 mid-size buildings (100,000 SF or less excluding parking) to enroll in the new Tune-Up Accelerator Program to get a jump-start on meeting the upcoming Seattle Building Tune-Ups requirement. Incentives of up to $0.12 per square foot and additional technical support are available. Enroll by December 1, 2017. Visit the website for details or contact  ph. 206-233-7184.

  New Incentives: Building Tune-Up Accelerator Accepting Applications
December 1, 2017 Deadline

 The City of Seattle is recruiting 100 mid-size buildings (100,000 SF or less excluding parking) to enroll in the new Tune-Up Accelerator Program to get a jump-start on meeting the upcoming Seattle Building Tune-Ups requirement. Incentives of up to $0.12 per square foot and additional technical support are available. Enroll by December 1, 2017. Visit the website for details or contact  ph. 206-233-7184.

Seattle Building Tune-Ups

  Building Operator Certification
 BOC courses near Seattle
 March through September 2017

 To help prepare energy service providers and on-site building operators for the new Seattle Building Tune-Ups mandate, the Seattle Office of Sustainability and the Environment has partnered with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) to offer a Building Operator Certification Course Level II.

Please visit the BOC website for information on course schedule and availability

$1595 for the first registrant and $1295 for all additional registrants

  Spring Tool Road Show
The Tool Lending Library at the Smart Buildings Center is going on the road this Spring! Organizations in Washington State can request a free tool demonstration at their location. The tool lending library has over 80 different types of diagnostic tools such as temperature and humidity data loggers; air and water flow measurement; infrared cameras; ultrasonic flow meters and power metering equipment. The demonstration can be tailored to fit specific organizational needs and will include hands-on tool demonstrations as well as a review of the tool reservation process. Attendees will receive a participation letter documenting the tool training for credential maintenance, including IFMA and BOC certifications.
More info:

For more information or to schedule a Tool Road Show contact Duane Lewellen at 206-538-0856 or email: Please allow 2-4 weeks lead time for scheduling.



Opportunity Awaits:
Sustainable Building Science Technology (SBST) Bachelor of Applied Science and
Certificate in Facility Management from the University of Washington
By Lynn Clark, CFM, FMP, LEED AP BD+C

Does your workplace offer internships? Are you ready to teach and/or mentor? Or are you ready to expand your FM experience with a 4 year degree in sustainable building?

Opportunity awaits. The latest is a new program at South Seattle Community College. The Sustainable Building Science Technology (SBST) Bachelor of Applied Science program starts in the fall of 2014. Classes are offered evenings, weekends and online – all accessible for the working FM professional.

IFMA Seattle membership has a history of contributing to the on-going development of the Facility Management profession through educational opportunities. One of the earliest programs is the University of Washington certificate program in Facility Management. It was designed and taught for many years by Robin Bleeker as a Facility Manager (IFMA), along with Lee Doughty as an Engineer (IFMA) and Judy Gibson as a Property Manager (BOMA).  read more

> Read Full Article About SBST Degree
> View SBST Degree Flyer
> View Certificate in Facility Management Details

University of Washington Certificate Program in Facilities Management
An IFMA “Recognized Program” for facilities professionals providing a distance-learning certificate in facilities management.
Phone: 1-866-791-1275

Very Efficient HVAC Systems May Qualify for Tax Deductions
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) provides potentially significant tax deductions for energy efficient HVAC systems installed in new and existing buildings. But there is a caveat: To qualify for the deduction, the HVAC system must reduce energy costs by at least 16.67 percent compared to HVAC systems designed to meet ASHRAE 90.1-2001.

Under current law, the project must be placed in service between Jan. 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2008 to qualify for EPAct tax benefits. There are efforts in Congress to increase the tax deductions and extend EPAct through the 2012 tax year and through 2014 for projects certified as of 2012.
Read more:
Building Operator Certification (BOC)
BOC™ is an IFMA-Approved Provider for the FMP and CFM credentials.

Since 1996, BOC has helped building operators increase their skill levels in energy efficiency building maintenance. This classroom and hands-on training program delivers immediate results for building owners, operators and occupants. Class topics include HVAC systems and controls, lighting, benchmarking, low cost operational improvements, and indoor air quality. Upon successful completion, participants can earn a BOC professional credential.

Registration: $1,695 for Level I course series with 74 hours of training.

For inquiries, email or toll free 877-850-4793. For more information, go to the BOC website

FMP/CFM IFMA International FM Credentials
The IFMA Seattle Education Committee annually presents an introduction to FMP/CFM, the IFMA International FM Credentials.  IFMA International website links:

FM Credentials

Online Courses

CFM Exam Review Course Study Set from IFMA online bookstore.

Webcasts & Webinars

Facilities Net – Legally Green; How to Maximize your Green Building Incentives

Get a better understanding of federal energy incentives, credits and deductions;
Capitalize on key opportunities to build, retrofit and run a bona fide green building;
Learn the incentives and liabilities of sustainable building and management;
A look at the synergy between LEED points and tax credits;

Cost: $149.00 for On-Demand Access
To Register:

“On Demand” Webcast- FREE!
Conducting and Understanding an Energy Audit
>> Learn More & Register

“On Demand” Webcast- FREE!
Funding an Energy-Efficiency Project
>> Learn More & Register
“On Demand” Webcast- FREE!
Reap the Benefits of Natural Light
>> Learn More & Register
“On Demand” Webcast
Emergency Preparedness: What You Need To Know
Availalbe Free 24/7
Flooding.  Power Outages.  Fires.
Just how prepared are you and your organization to respond to these potential catastrophes?

Watch Maintenance Solutions' FREE, on-demand Webcast, "Emergency Preparedness: What You Need To Know," for help in developing a comprehensive plan to prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies.

The no-cost, 60-minute event is led by industry experts Daniel Geldermann and Mark Sekula of Facility Engineering Associates.

The Webcast addresses facility systems and operations, including:
-  Suggestions for protecting key systems — permanent and temporary heating and cooling units, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), generators, and communications systems — to ensure their continued operation
-  Management considerations, including staff cross-training and stockpiling emergency materials and supplies, to enable front-line technicians to function during the crisis
-  Strategies for cleaning and restoring facilities and operations as quickly as possible so the facility can return to normal operations
>> Go to webinar free and always available
“On Demand” Webcast
Building Design & Construction -- Energy Star for Engineers -
New & Existing Buildings
Learn how ENERGY STAR is being used by engineers and owners for new and existing buildings, and how to use the Energy Star Portfolio Manager software for benchmarking and tracking building energy performance.
>> Go to webinar

Continuing Education Units (CEU's) Pre-approved from IFMA for FMP and CFM

The following is Pre-approved as an IFMA learning unit for 1 point for FMP, CFM recertification.

The following are self-studies accredited by:
The Interior Design Continuing Education Council [IDCEC]
The American Institute of Architects [AIA]
The International Facility Management Association [IFMA]
It merits the following credits:
0.1 IDCEC [includes IIDA/ASID] Continuing Education Unit
1.0 AIA Learning Unit
1.0 IFMA CFM/FMP Maintenance Point

All self-studies are free of charge. To receive credit, users must complete and pass an electronic diagnostic exercise  located at: At the end of each self-study, you will find instructions and a link to the diagnostic-exercise website

DESIGN Self-Studies from Herman Miller:
1. "Making Room for Collaboration"
2. "Beyond Four Walls and a Door: Understanding Privacy in the Office"
3. "Evolutionary Psychology and Workplace Design: Doing What Comes Naturally"

SUSTAIN Self-Studies from Herman Miller:
1.  "Creating a Culture of Sustainability: How Campuses Are Taking the Lead"
2.  "Importance of Chair Designs"

INNOVATE Self-Studies from Herman Miller:
1. "Innovation and Creativity: Something New or Just a Rearrangement?"
2. "Sound Practices: Noise Control in the Healthcare Environment"

CULTIVATE Self-Studies from Herman Miller:
1. "Embracing Boomers: Design for Maturing Knowledge Workers Benefits Everyone"
2. "Quantifying and Fostering Organizational Effectiveness"
3. "The Siren Song of Multitasking"
4. "Third Places: The Social Side of Work"

IFMA International On-Site Instruction Calendar

The IFMA Seattle Chapter is pleased to provide a calendar of professional education events available at low or no cost throughout the Northwest to help members enhance their knowledge and skills in facilities management.

Comments to Forward feedback from a listed event/webinar attended OR advise of future FM educational opportunities.


Sustainable Facilities Tool from the U.S. General Services Administration
This online resource will help federal agency, private sector developers identify, prioritize green building strategies.  >> Read Article
Go to Tool:

BetterBricks & Lighting Design Lab
Lab Networking Resource
BetterBricks, in partnership with the universities and electric utilities across the Northwest, supports this regional network of design assistance labs. The lab network serves as a technical resource of credible and unbiased information and education to facilitate integration of energy efficient design to achieve high performance buildings.

The labs help building professionals take advantage of the design and financial benefits of energy efficiency to create more productive and comfortable work environments. Each lab can provide a variety of services that include: information on tools and resources available, consultations on climate analysis and appropriate building responses, design consultations for daylighting and electric lighting, and daylighting modeling. Some labs offer additional services such as consultations on HVAC system integration and energy analysis.

Contact: Seattle Daylighting Lab 206.616.6566 or 877.604.6592
Contact: Integrated Design Lab (new location)
2915 – 4th Avenue South/Seattle, WA 98134-1914
206.325.9711 or 800.354.3864
BetterBricks – The Building Symptom Diagnosis Tool: Your Guide to Uncovering Energy Savings

BetterBricks – Common Opportunities: The Top Four

BetterBricks – Symptom-Diagnosis Tool
This tool helps guide in the identification and potential resolve of the equipment problem. Online you can review symptoms and read advice on what might be causing the symptom.

BetterBricks – Best O&M Practice for Major Equipment - Tool

BetterBricks – The High Performance Portfolio Framework
This document provides tools and structure from the BetterBricks Bottomline thinking on Energy Management of Office Real Estate. Learn strategies for the competitive office market.

ISSA CIMS – Certification Tool
Outsourcing Cleaning Services
The Cleaning Industry Management Standard provides a FREE Pre-qualification tool to help managers evaluate in-house services and pre-qualify contractors using universal management principles.

Education Chair
Melanie Danuser, M.P.A., LEED Green Associate

Melanie Danuser, M.P.A., LEED Green Associate
BOC Project Director
tel: 206-582-4258

Provides information and advice to members seeking CFM certification and maintains relationship with UW Facilities Management degree program.

Educational Events

Full Calendar

Articles of Interest

Best Practices for Good IAQ

Lighting Upgrades:
Big Gains, No Pain
> View White Paper: Survey of Lighting Upgrade Payback
This white paper looks at how facility managers can 1) significantly reduce annual electrical operating costs by investing in state-of-the-art lighting upgrades and 2) how these upgrades translate to quick investment payback.

Energy Retrofits Could Save $41 Billion a Year

CMMS: Why Should Managers Upgrade Their System?

How to Earn LEED Points with Sub-Metering

10 Tips for Operating Buildings More Efficiently

The High performance portfolio: Common Roadblocks to Earning the ENERGY STAR from BetterBricks

Watts Up? The Math of Energy Management from

ROI from VFDs: Cutting Costs with Variable Frequency Drives

Utility Bills, Submeters, and BAS Offer Options for Monitoring Energy Consumption

First Set of Model Codes and Standards for Green Building Launched

Facility Managers Using LEED-EBOM As Blueprint For Sustainability:

Whole Building Design Guide (Facilities Operations & Maintenance)

New Energy Landscape: Net Zero Energy Buildings:
• Part 1: Net-zero Energy Buildings Becoming More Common

• Part 2: FMs Can Take the Lead In Energy Efficiency Projects

• Part 3: Getting the C-Suite and the Public to Buy into Netzero Buildings