FAQs

Certificate and Designation Programs
 
Courses
 
 
How will earning a BOMI International certificate or designation benefit me?
From reducing operating expenses to increasing overall efficiency, our programs are proven to provide the in-depth knowledge you need to perform your everyday job more effectively, add value to your organization's bottom line, and achieve professional goals. Learn more.
 

How do I get started with a program?

There are a few ways to enroll in one of BOMI International's certificate and designation programs. Learn more.
 
How long will it take me to complete a program? 
The duration of a program depends on how often you take a course and the course delivery option chosen. There is no set time limit in which you are required to complete a program. 
 
How much does a certificate or designation program cost?
The cost of a program varies depending on the course delivery options that the student chooses. Our fee schedule breaks down these costs. Learn more.

Please note BOMI International courses are offered throughout the country through partnerships with local Building Owners and Managers Associations (BOMA Locals). BOMA Locals that sponsor BOMI International courses set their own prices, so if you register for a BOMA Local course, prices may vary.
 
Can I apply college credits or work experience toward a program?
Students enrolled in the Real Property Administrator (RPA), Facilities Management Administrator (FMA), or Systems Maintenance Administrator (SMA) Designation programs are eligible to apply for competency and transfer credits. Note that credits for courses awarded through a competency option do not qualify for most certificate programs. Learn more.
 
Once I earn my certificate or designation, do I have to maintain it?
Once you earn the Real Property Administrator (RPA), Facilities Management Administrator (FMA), or Systems Maintenance Administrator (SMA) Designation, you must maintain active status of the designation by earning 18 points of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit every three years. You will receive a complete CPD information package after you complete your designation program. CPD is not required for the Systems Maintenance Technician (SMT) Designation program or for BOMI International certificates. Learn more.
 
How do I register for a course?
There are several ways to register for a BOMI International course. Learn more.
 
How long does it take to complete a course?
Courses range from 24-30 hours, except for Ethics Is Good Business® ShortCourse™, which is six hours. The actual time it takes to complete a course depends on the delivery option chosen.
  • Self-Study courses are to be completed within a six-month timeframe.
  • Instructor-Led Online courses are typically 15 weeks.
  • Accelerated Review courses generally run four days.
  • Semester-Length and Onsite Corporate Instruction (group classes) vary depending upon the course.  
 
Which course should I take first?
Courses may be taken in the order you prefer. To start, we suggest you choose a course that complements your immediate responsibilities. You may take multiple courses at a time. However, we do not suggest taking more than two courses at once, especially if you are working full time.
 
Am I required to take an exam?
In order to obtain a BOMI International certificate or designation, you must pass an exam at the end of each required course. If you do not wish to obtain a designation or certificate, or do not plan on applying credit toward a college program, then taking an exam is not required. Learn more.
 
Can I apply BOMI International courses toward other continuing education credit?
Many courses have been approved toward maintaining your LEED, CFM, CPM, CCIM, and many other industry credentials.
 
May I purchase a coursebook without taking the course?
You may only purchase books for courses you have registered for. If you have completed a BOMI International course, you may purchase an updated book (if available) for that course at a discounted price.
 
How long does it take to obtain a coursebook?
Course materials are shipped within approximately two days of course registration. Course materials are shipped via UPS Ground, where applicable. Students typically receive course materials within a few days of shipment, depending on location.
 
Who teaches BOMI International's courses?
BOMI International instructors are accomplished leaders in the property and facility management industries. All instructors go through an extensive review process to ensure they have a high level of technical competence in the subject matter to be taught. If you are interested in being an instructor, e-mail Kerry Petz at kpetz@bomi.org.
 
If you have questions, please call 1.800.235.BOMI (2664) Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm eastern time to speak with a member of BOMI International's Education Coordinator Team, or e-mail your question to service@bomi.org. Canadian students, please contact BOMI Canada at 1.888.821.9319.