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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.

2018-19 Certification Board Members

Casey Martin, Chair, Jacobs, Program Manager, CEFP, AIA, CFM, CEM, PMP, AICP

Emmet Boyle, Vice Chair, Director, Maintenance & Utilities, University of Regina, CEFP, EFP

John Morris, Secretary Treasurer, Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning, Management, College of Charleston, P.E., CFM, CEM, CPE, LEED AP, GBE, CEFP, APPA Fellow

“Credentialing is important, not just to show that you are qualified, but also to show that you have a strong enough dedication to your role in order to make the effort to earn a credential. Quite often that says more about you as an individual than the qualification itself. APPA’s CEFP is the only certification that demonstrates your qualifications for educational facilities and also demonstrates your dedication to the educational facilities profession. I encourage everyone to pursue their APPA credential.”

Ted Weidner, Associate Professor, Purdue University, Ph.D., PE, AIA, CEFP

“Statistics show that workers move to different employers several times over their working life. Having a credential such as the CEFP demonstrates you have the necessary knowledge and experience to address the needs of educational facilities. The credential is not a rubber stamp of “time served”. The CEFP demonstrates you have the ability to synthesize complex information.” 

Elizabeth A. Clark, Budget Analyst III, Penn State University, APPA Vice President for Professional Development, M.Ed., CEFP

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

E. Lander Medlin, APPA Executive Vice President

Christina Hills, APPA Director of Credentialing & Benchmarking

Kelly Ostergrant, APPA Credentialing Coordinator, CAP

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