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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Facility Management Career Advancement Advice

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Ask The Expert, Facility Management, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, Professional Development, Question Of The Week, Topics

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Published on January 27, 2014 with 1 Comment

Posted by Heidi Schwartz

This week’s question comes from the Ask The Expert page on the Today’s Facility Manager’s website.

I have a long history of working in the trades although I don’t hold any licenses. I worked through college as an electrician, roofer, plumber etc…. I have a degree in international business. I was the owner of a home inspection company for 10 years.

For the last five years, I have been a facility manager for a 163,000 square foot facility in Miami. I am a staff of one and sometimes I have a helper. I am involved in the lease negotiations of our fleet of tractors, I purchase the trailers, I have installed a 200 kw generator, and I hire and deal with all vendors. I oversee parking, security cameras, access etc…. you get the picture.

I wanted your opinion on furthering my credentials. As I look around, I see that there doesn’t seem to be a set standard or accepted path to achieve this accreditation. I have been speaking with IFMA about their “Certified Facility Manager.” What is your opinion about them? Could you recommend a different organization?

I would value your opinion in this matter. What is my best path for accreditation that will be valued in the open market place that would further my career?

Gary Grimes
Facility Manager
Miami, FL

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About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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  1. I too am in the same situation as Gary and would like the same information.

    Thank you,

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