NOVEMBER 12, 2020 — The University of Texas at San Antonio, in collaboration with APPA, is offering an educational facilities management certification to students in the university’s facilities management academic program.
UTSA’s online Facilities Management graduate certificate program consists of five courses designed to provide students the skills and knowledge they need in management, operations and leadership to become a fully qualified facilities manager. While enrolled in the program, UTSA students will have access to APPA’s Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential at a significant discount. Reciprocally, APPA members enrolled in the graduate facility management program at UTSA will receive a tuition discount.
“Today, there is a sharper focus on the safety and sustainability of the places where people live, work and learn,” said Lander Medlin, APPA executive vice president. “The professional-development partnership between APPA and UTSA ensures that those working in this growing field will be equipped to meet today’s challenges and embrace tomorrow’s opportunities.”
Like the UTSA program, APPA’s recognized CEFP credential can be completed online, and thus, there are no additional travel costs or time away from the office. Participants have 24/7 access to APPA’s customized learning portal with a variety of self-directed resources. In addition, live webinars with expert educational facilities-management facilitators provide helpful and relevant information that can be put to use on a campus right away.
For students who want to take the academic credentials to the next level, UTSA is introducing a Master of Science degree in Facilities Management beginning in the fall of 2021, pending SACSCOC approval. Both the certificate and the degree are granted through the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning.
“We at UTSA are very excited to be partnering with APPA to offer a high-quality graduate education with ‘stackable’ certificates and degrees, alongside APPA’s delivery of their CEFP credential to qualified students,” said Dave Riker, coordinator of UTSA’s Online Facility Management Program. “Graduates of UTSA’s graduate facilities management program who also earn APPA’s CEFP credential will be well equipped to take on the many challenges facing today’s facilities management community.”
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