Certified Educational Facilities Manager (CEFM) Professional Development Credits
Any person employed by a board of education of a school district as a “buildings and grounds supervisor” is required to be a certified educational facilities manager. An individual seeking to become a certified educational facilities manager must demonstrate compliance with one of the following criteria:
- Has completed a minimum of two years of experience in the field of buildings and grounds supervision and has graduated from the New Jersey Educational Facility Management Program at Rutgers University, as a certified educational facilities manager, or has graduated from an equivalent program offered at either a regionally-accredited institution of higher education or an approved post-secondary institution located within or outside the state; or
- Is a code enforcement official licensed by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and was serving as a supervisor of buildings and grounds on January 10, 2000; or
- Has served as a supervisor of buildings and grounds in a district continuously for five years prior to September 1, 2002.
A board of education may hire an individual to fill a vacancy who is not a certified educational facilities manager on an interim basis for a period not to exceed two years.
A law enacted in May 2013 added a continuing education requirement to the CEFM program. Certified educational facilities managers must obtain twenty Continuing Education Units every three years. Individuals certified in May 2013 or earlier are required to obtain their renewal by May 2017. Individuals certified after May 2013 will have three years from the date of initial issuance to obtain their renewal. The continuing education courses are in fields of study related to school facilities in the state and approved by the DCA including:
- Boiler Safety
- Green & Sustainable Schools
- Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC)
- School Code Compliance
- School Security and Safety