Professional Development

The Operations & Facilities Management Department (OFMD) at Washington University School of Medicine has undertaken facility management professional development through a strategic partnership with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). 150 staff members have earned the Facility Management Professional (FMP) credential and 44 have earned the Sustainability Facility Professional credential.

IFMA’s globally recognized FMP designation is a knowledge-based credential for Facility Management (FM) professionals seeking to increase their depth-of-knowledge in the foundational FM skills deemed critical by industry leaders. Attaining the FMP credential certifies the recipient has undertaken a prescribed course of study and successfully completed a series of comprehensive exams covering four knowledge domains: Operations and Maintenance, Project Management, Finance and Business, and Leadership and Strategy.

The SFP program is intended for facility management practitioners with a baseline of FM industry knowledge and who are interested in developing expertise in sustainable facility management. Attainment of IFMA’s SFP credential certifies the recipient has completed the required course of study and successfully passed a series of comprehensive exams covering three focus areas: Strategy and Alignment for Sustainable Facility Management, Managing Sustainable Facilities, and Operating Sustainable Facilities.  Team members will use this expertise as they take an active role in helping develop and implement FM sustainability initiatives.

OFMD is committed to preparing staff with the necessary portfolio of skills and credentials to continue to serve as a benchmark and resource for service, stewardship and sustainability.

To learn more about the FMP, SFP or other programs and services of Washington University School of Medicine’s Facilities Management Department, please contact Michelle Gubin, Planner, Communication & Programs, at 314-362-0214 or

Facilities Management Employees Set Records through Training

Members of the Operations & Facilities Management Department at Washington University School of Medicine have set two records this year through training from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). One hundred twelve staff members have earned the title of Facility Management Professional (FMP). Additionally, forty-four staff members earned the Sustainable Facility Professional (SFP) credential. Combined with employees from the Danforth campus, Washington University now holds a world record for employing the largest number of FMPs and SFPs.

Melissa Hopkins, assistant vice chancellor and assistant dean of operations & facilities management, believes that departmental sustainability expands beyond the physical environment and includes three critical realms: staff resource development, programs management and community engagement. Hopkins adds that the IFMA training will strategically support her team and its partners’ internal strengths, values and dedication. These attributes support her department’s core values of professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence. “Creating a balanced program will enable us to create balanced leaders,” she said.

Hopkins also reached out to other departments at the School of Medicine, the Facilities Management Department on the university’s Danforth Campus, Saint Louis University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to encourage training.

OFMD Basic Computer Training

OFMD Continues to offer Basic Computer training classes.  Please view the flyer for more information.