Certified HealthCare Facility Manager

The purpose of CHCFM certification is to promote healthcare facility management through the certification of qualified individuals by:

  • Recognising formally those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of the IHEA CHCFM program
  • Encouraging continued personal and professional growth in the practice of healthcare facility management
  • Providing a system to support continuing professional education as a requirement for certification; thereby assisting employers, the public and members of the health professions in the assessment of a healthcare facility manager.

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Eligibility Requirements

An individual who meets eligibility requirements attains the Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHCFM) designation. To be eligible to apply for Certified Health Care Facility Manager (CHCFM) status, a candidate must fulfil one of the following requirements for education/work experience:

  • Full member of IHEA or:
  • Recognised degree plus five years of associated engineering experience*, three years of which must have been in a healthcare setting; three years of management,  supervisory, administrative experience; and work experience in a healthcare facility within the last three years or;
  • Diploma, Associate Diploma, plus seven years of associated engineering experience*, three years of which must have been in a healthcare setting; five years of management/ supervisory/administrative experience; and work experience in a healthcare facility within the last three years or;
  • Trade certificate or equivalent plus ten years of associated engineering experience*, three years of which must have been in a healthcare setting; five years of management, supervisory, administrative experience; and work experience in a healthcare facility within the last three years.

*Associated engineering experience refers to work experience in the following functional areas: facility management; operations and maintenance; clinical engineering; safety and security; planning, design and construction; or environmental management.

Initial Certification

For eligible members, the certification program will run over a two year period requiring the attending of a minimum of 60 hours of approved CPD points (consistent with Engineers Australia CPD points). Further, after consultation with the CHCFM Selection Committee, a 3000 word written paper on a project or topic of their choosing that directly relates to a current activity within their own organisation must be submitted for assessment.

The paper will be assessed for originality, accuracy, professionalism and facility management or engineering principles. Certification will be valid for three years. The submitted paper is to comply with the IHEA “Guidelines for Authors Technical Papers, Case Studies and Conference Papers”

Ongoing Certification

The program has a three year certification cycle requiring attendance at compliant PD’s to accumulate 90 hours per three years, of approved CPD points (consistent with Engineers Australia CPD points). If enough CPD points are not earned in the three year period, then a project and CPD hours equivalent to initial certification will be required to be submitted to maintain accreditation.

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