Continuing Professional Development (CPD) FAQs

 
 Complying with CPD
 
Retaining Active Status
 
Reactivation
 
Payment/Billing
 
Continuing Professional Development
What is the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement?
To succeed in today’s rapidly changing work environment, graduates need to remain current. Meeting the CPD requirement shows that your knowledge is up-to-date and that you are an active member of the industry. To fulfill the CPD requirement, Real Property Administrator (RPA®), Facilities Management Administrator (FMA®), and Systems Maintenance Administrator (SMA®) Designation graduates must earn 18 CPD points every three years. 
 
Am I required to satisfy these CPD requirements? 
You will never lose credentials earned; however, if you do not you will be placed on inactive status and excluded from the Active Graduate Directory. 
 
Who must meet the CPD requirement? 
All RPA®, FMA®, and SMA® Designation graduates currently involved in the industry must meet the CPD requirement to maintain active status of their designation. If you do not fulfill the requirement by the end of your three-year cycle, your designation will be considered inactive. If you are retired or no longer active in the profession, you do not need to meet the CPD requirement, however, please notify BOMI International so that we may mark your graduate record accordingly. 
 
How will the CPD requirement work? 
You will be required to earn 18 CPD points every three years to maintain active status of your designation. Real estate license renewal will qualify, as will association memberships or serving as an instructor. Course credits, including Self-Study courses, will also earn CPD points.
 
Complying with CPD
When does my three-year CPD cycle begin?
Your CPD cycle is based on the month you receive your first BOMI International designation (not including SMT®). If you received your first designation in August 2015, your first CPD cycle will run from August 2015 - August 2017. If you become inactive, your cycle will start the month you reactivate your status. 
 
What should I submit for verification of my CPD points
Select a program below for more detailed information on point options and verification:  
How often do I have to notify BOMI International of my CPD-related activities? 
Once you have completed all 18 points, you may submit your CPD Documentation Form and supporting documentation. Please retain a copy for your records.
 
What proof will you need that I have earned credits toward the CPD requirement? 
You will need to complete a BOMI International CPD Documentation Form when you apply for credit. In addition, you will need to attach verification of all documented CPD points. 
 
If I hold a real estate license and am grandfathered or exempt from my state’s continuing education requirement, can I still use License Renewal? 
No. In that case, you will need to earn CPD requirement points from any of the other four options available. License renewal qualifies only if 18 hours of actual continuing education courses are completed.
 
What if I don’t comply with the CPD requirement?
By not complying with the CPD requirement, your designation will be considered inactive. If employers or colleagues contact BOMI International regarding your status, they will be notified that your designation is not active. Only active graduates will appear in the online Active Graduate Directory.
 
Retaining Active Status
How will I know my CPD status?
It is your responsibility to keep accurate records of the activities in which you participate. You will be notified of fulfillment of your CPD requirement upon submission of the completed CPD Documentation Form, with required documentation, and payment in full. In addition, you will receive a CPD completion eCertificate via e-mail.
 
Can I pay or just meet the point requirement to stay active? 
No. Both point and payment requirements must be satisfied within the three-year cycle to maintain an active status.
 
I’m very busy. How much time will this require?
If you are active in the industry, earning 18 points over three years should not be difficult. Here are a few examples of ways you can complete your CPD requirement:
  • Example 1: Successfully complete one BOMI International course. Since most BOMI International courses involve more than 18 hours of instruction, or the equivalent through Self-Study, completing just one BOMI International designation course will likely fulfill your CPD requirement. (Ethics Is Good Business® ShortCourse™; however, qualifies for six (6) points since it is six instructional hours.)  Note: Successful completion requires a minimum passing score of 70% on the course exam.
  • Example 2: Hold a real estate license and complete a state continuing education requirement of six (6) hours or more per year. This adds up to 18 points. Or complete a minimum of 18 hours of real estate prelicensure courses.
Most likely, you already participate in these activities to keep up-to-date within the industry. Why not turn these activities into CPD credits?
 
If I hold more than one BOMI International designation, will I have to earn more points over three years? 
No. Dual and triple designees will be required to earn only 18 points during each three-year period. 
 
What if I’m retired or no longer active in the industry? 
Retired and inactive professionals do not need to complete the CPD requirement. If you are retired, or no longer in the industry and have not already notified BOMI International, please contact us. 
 
Reactivation
What if I later decide to reinstate my designation? 
You will be required to pay the current CPD Reactivation fee. From there, you will be placed into a new active three-year cycle with both point and payment requirements to be met.
 
I’ve reactivated myself. When will I show on the Active Graduate Directory? 
The Active Graduate Directory is updated once a month at the beginning of each month.
 
What if my license is NOT ACTIVE, but I still complete the required continuing education renewal hours? 
Your license does not have to be active, BUT you do have to complete at least 18 hours of continuing education. Attach copies of your continuing education course completion certificates to your CPD Documentation Form. 
 
Payment/Billing 
Will the CPD requirement cost me anything? 
A nominal administrative fee will be charged. This fee is necessary to maintain your records, review your CPD status, and administer the program. 
 
How will I be billed?
If you have not completed your requirements, you will be mailed an invoice each year, based on your CPD cycle. Or, you may pay the entire fee at anytime during the three-year period. 
 
Where do I send my CPD payment and documentation?
In the U.S., submit payment and documentation to:

PO Box 829847
Philadelphia, PA 19182-9847
Phone: 1.800.235.BOMI (2664)
Fax: 410.974.0544
E-mail: service@bomi.org  
Hours of Operation: 9 AM to 5 PM ET

Overnight payments should be mailed to:
BOMI International
Attn: Lockbox 829847
525 Fellowship Rd., Suite 330
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054-3415

In Canada, submit payment and documentation to:

CPD Coordinator
BOMI Canada
468 13th Line
Innisfil, ON L9S 3C8
Phone: 1.888.821.9319
Fax: 416.977.8800
E-mail: admin@bomicanada.com   

Remember, although the CPD fee is due within 30 days of invoice, your completed documentation may be sent to us at any time over the three-year period indicated on your invoice. We only ask that you submit documentation for the entire 18 required points at one time.