Facilities Management 

The typical functions of a facility manager vary from company to company. In general, facilities managers are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of an organization’s buildings, ensuring that they meet legal requirements and health and safety standards. Facility Managers operate across different business functions, working on both a strategic and operational level. Facility management professionals are tasked with providing, maintaining and developing a number of different services such as:

  • Property strategy
  • Space management
  • Communications infrastructure
  • Building maintenance
  • Testing and inspections
  • Building administration
  • Contract management
  • EHS (environment, health, safety)
  • Security
  • Business continuity planning
  • Managing renovations and refurbishments

Responsibilities of the Facility Manager – Generally speaking, the role of the facility manager is to ensure that the facility is operating as it should on a daily basis by completing daily inspections and conducting proactive and reactive maintenance. Here is a list of some of the things a facility manager is responsible for:

  • Sourcing and overseeing contracts and service providers for functions such as catering, cleaning, parking, security, and technology
  • Advising businesses on measures to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the facility
  • Supervising teams of staff across different divisions
  • Ensuring that basic facilities are well-maintained and conducting proactive maintenance
  • Dealing with emergencies as they arise
  • Managing budgets
  • Ensuring that facilities meet compliance standards and government regulations
  • Planning for the future by forecasting the facility’s upcoming needs and requirements
  • Overseeing any renovations, refurbishments and building projects
  • Helping with office relocations
  • Drafting maintenance reports

Registered Facilities Manager ™ RFM certification

AAPM Global Board of Standards issues the gold standard Registered Facilities Manager ™ Certification

The Registered Facilities Manager ™ RFM credential is a professional gold standard certification that demonstrates the attainment of a defined level of technical knowledge in facilities management, professional practice, and ethical behavior. It forms the basis of the assessment that applicants must pass to gain Registered Facilities Manager status and inclusion in the Register of The American Academy of Project Management® Certified / Chartered Professional. Individuals with several years of experience in facilities management will benefit from this certification.  A Guide book “The Registered Facilities Manager” shall assist candidates to pass in the RFM examination besides providing a valuable source of reference for a facilities manager to excel toward becoming an accredited Registered Facilities Manager. Take the challenges ahead with AAPM gold standard Registered Facilities Manager ™ certification. 

Use the post nominal after your name:  J. Fischer,  RFM  Fellow AAPM 

Study method: Self-paced learning style with the aid of a Guide book.   

Requirements:   i)  Those with either a facility management Master’s or Bachelor’s degree and must have three years of facilities management experience to qualify    ii)  Pass the Registered Facilities Manager ™ examination 

HOW TO APPLY: To qualify for the Registered Facilities Manager™ certification, you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the Mandatory Candidate Information (MCI) 
  2. Complete the payment upon receipt of the invoice
  3. Take the exam when you’re ready

Examination: email to request the examination questions when you are ready to take the exam.  Examination comprised of 50 questions; Passing grade is 70%.

Course fee:  Includes Registered Facilities Manager™  certificate, membership certificate, examination, and shipping.  

Mandatory Candidate Information  :  please include the Title of the Certification Course that you wish to apply in the subject line when submitting the following information and attach a latest copy of your C.V. email to certification@gafm.com.my

1) Full Name:    2) Shipping Address:     3) Name on Certificate:       4) Mobile number:

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The AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT ® is  the first graduate global Board of Standards for project management industry professionals to earn Accreditation under the TUV-OE European Standards for ISO 9001 Certification and ISO 29990 Certification. AAPM is also a chartered member of the CHEA  Council for Higher Education Accreditation – International Quality Group (CHEA/CIQG) Memorandum of Affiliation is designed to engage quality assurance and accrediting organizations in a shared effort to affirm and promote fundamental principles for higher education quality.

Who is eligible to apply: Individual with experience in facilities management.

The AAPM International Board of Standards  is  the first graduate global Board of Standards for industry professionals to earn Accreditation under the TUV-OE European Standards for ISO 9001 Certification and ISO 29990 Certification. AAPM is also a chartered member of the CHEA  Council for Higher Education Accreditation – International Quality Group (CHEA/CIQG) Memorandum of Affiliation is designed to engage quality assurance and accrediting organizations in a shared effort to affirm and promote fundamental principles for higher education quality.  AAPM is listed as “International Board of Standards” in CHEA/CIQG.

Founded in 1988, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a global business education accrediting body and the first organization to offer accreditation to all levels of collegiate business educational degree programs from associate to doctoral.  ACBSP ignites a standard of excellence with an accreditation process based on the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence. By evaluating aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials, and educational support, ACBSP assesses whether or not business programs offer a rigorous educational experience and commitment to continuous quality improvement.

For more than 10 years, ACBSP and GAFM have benefited from a mutual articulation agreement.  The current agreement between ACBSP and GAFM International Board of Standards states: 

  • All ACBSP baccalaureate/graduate degree schools that have attained accredited status will be officially recognized by the GAFM with an educational and degree path toward certification eligibility. 
  • ACBSP accredited business school programs are recognized as GAFM/AAPM eligible programs for credentials listed at GAFM.COM.MY

The GAFM has earned ESQ Accreditation along with ISO 21001 Certification for Educational Organizations.  

The GAFM AAPM IBS International Board of Standards is the first certifying body in the world to achieve these qualifications and certificates of ISO 9001 and ISO 21001.  


Some of the certificate holders of the Registered Facilities Manager credential.

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