APPA, the association dedicated to leadership in educational facilities, announced the first credentialing standard for the educational facilities profession. The Educational Facilities Professional (EFP) credential was developed in response to APPA members’ demand as a way to validate the unique knowledge and competence required of an accomplished professional in the field.

“Working for an educational institution is a calling, and one that affects the future every day,” said Jack Colby, former APPA President and Chair of APPA’s Board for Educational Facilities Professionals Certification. “The EFP program was designed to confirm professional achievements in the field and illustrate a basic, fundamental understanding of what it takes to create and maintain safe, functional and inspiring learning environments, now and for future generations.”

EFP preparation guides educational facilities professionals to a holistic, systemic mindset that is the key to progressive development in educational facilities. Those who earn the designation grasp the interdependence of each structure and space and the ways in which every building at an institution communicates a sense of place, history, and real connection with its purpose and those it serves.

“The EFP credential is an exciting new standard for educational stewardship. It represents core knowledge, talent, and skill, underscoring accountability and commitment to growth and mastery,” said Lander Medlin, APPA Executive Vice President. “Those who earn the designation demonstrate their mastery and commitment to their work, their institution, and their colleagues.”

Those interested in pursuing the EFP can take the preparatory course September 14, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona or on February 8, 2008 in Newport Beach, California.  The initial exam will be offered two times – on September 14 and then again September 15 - in Phoenix, Arizona and will be offered again February 8 or 9, 2008 in Newport Beach, California.