Becoming a Certified Director of Facilities (CDF)
Keith Watkins, RDF - Accreditation Vice Chair
2 Reed Prkwy
Marcellus, NY 13108
Phone: (315) 673-0279
Fax: (315) 673-1727
Dennis Geer, CDF - CDF Program Liaison
Holland Patent CSD
9601 Main Street
Holland Patent, NY 13354
Phone: (315) 865-7213
"For nearly 20 years, the CDF program has been the standard for professional excellence in our organization. The Certified Director of Facilities Program is committed to a life-long learning experience to achieve safe and successful facilities operations."
~Joseph Hammond, CDF, Retired Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Liverpool CSD
Who is eligible?
You can apply for your CDF if you:
Are a paid, Active member of the SBGA in good standing; have at least five years' experience in the operation or maintenance of educational facilities; are currently employed as a full-time director of facilities (as defined in the SBGA by-laws) by an educational facility in New York State; demonstrate knowledge, and the ability to apply professional skills, in five key areas (see what skills and abilities do you have to demonstrate? on the next page); pledge to adhere to the SBGA Certified Director of Facilities Code of Ethics.
If you have not worked five years in the operation and maintenance of educational facilities-but you meet all the other requirements-you may obtain your Registered Director of Facilities (RDF) certificate. Then, at your fifth anniversary of working as a director of school facilities, you will receive your CDF.
"The CDF program is a wonderful vehicle to increase the level of knowledge and skills utilized by all school facilities managers."
~Peter Riggi, CDF Director of Facilities Schuylerville CSD
How do you earn your CDF?
Earning the CDF designation requires the accumulation of qualifying points. The point system represents a broad-base of knowledge and experiences of the candidates. Completion of the Personal Data Portfolio (PDP), written and oral exams, seminars and training courses, and volunteer leadership in the organization are some examples of accomplishments that qualify for the point accumulation system. A total of 600 points is required.
- Apply. Complete and return the application, together with the nonrefundable fee. When we receive your application, we will send you instructions on completing the rest of the process. You'll also receive a list of CDF mentors who can support you and answer your questions.
- Complete your Personal Data Portfolio. The PDP helps the CDF Committee evaluate your qualifications in the five key areas (see what skills and abilities you have to demonstrate?). You can demonstrate qualifications in two ways: through documented work experience (a detailed, chronological narrative that you prepare, with affidavits from work references) and education (a listing of schools and colleges attended, programs of study, etc., with transcripts from the schools). The CDF Committee evaluates the PDP and awards credit toward certification in certain areas, according to your demonstrated strengths.
- Take the CDF exam. Consisting of multiple-choice questions, several essays and an oral test, the exam focuses on your technical and managerial abilities in the five key areas. You can take the exam once your PDP has been approved. A grade of 70 on each exam section is required for passing.
- Interview with the CDF Committee. A problem-solving interaction scenario similar to a job interview. Through this process, the committee examines the candidate's ability to respond to situations an experienced facilities director may face.
"The CDF program recognizes the expanding role of the director of school facilities in providing maintenance, technical support, security and an overall healthy and productive learning environment for today's educational facilities."
~John Babcock, CDF Past Chairman, CDF Committee Cornwall CSD, retired
What skills and abilities do you have to demonstrate?
You demonstrate abilities in five key areas overall, with a wide variety of competencies in each:
- Management of Personnel in Facility Operations
- Human Relations
- Organizational Management
- Trade Knowledge
- Education and Training
- Technical Systems in School Facility Operations
- Architectural Systems
- Civil Structural Systems
- Mechanical Systems
- Fire Protection Systems
- Electrical Systems
- Energy Conservation
- Site Systems
- Security Systems
- Transportation Systems
- Principles of School Facility Management
- Blueprint Reading
- Principles of Measurement
- Production Management
- Managerial Accounting
- Facility Maintenance Systems
- Computer Literacy
- Material Purchasing
- Codes, Standards, Administrative and Legal Rules
- Codes, Standards and Administrative Rules
- Real Property Contracts
- Judicial Process
- Insurance for Vendors
- Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health
- Environmental Safety and Health
- Occupational Safety and Health
Continual professional development is essential for today's Superintendents of School Buildings and Grounds to keep pace with a rapidly changing work environment. Certified Directors of Facilities (CDFs) have been recognized as distinguished members of their field for, among other things, their commitment to professional development.
The CDF Recertification Program is designed to acknowledge the CDF's continued commitment to the field of school facilities management. To retain the CDF credential, a Certified Director of Facilities must accumulate 75 points for continuing education/professional development, leadership, SBGA conference participation, instruction, or writing every five years. To document this, the CDF must submit the attached CDF renewal form.
SBGA will mail notices to all CDFs reminding them of maintenance requirements. A report on maintenance points for the personal file of each CDF can be submitted at any time the CDF has earned the total 75 points of continuing education/professional development. You may reproduce this report form on your word processor or include additional pages as necessary. Renewal forms are retained for five (5) years.
Recertication Points System
The CDF Committee has identified several areas of educational professional development and leadership roles through which renewal may be maintained. They are listed below by categories. The Committee will continuously review other options to identify those activities, which in its judgment merit inclusion. The following point rating codes are to be used for professional development:
- Attendance at SBGA's Annual Conference - 5 points
- Attendance at SBGA Annual Chapter Workshop - 2 points
- Leadership Roles - 2 points
- 3 hour or half-day program - 3 points
- 6-8 hour or full day program - 6 points
- Mohawk Valley Community College or other College course - 8 points
- Instructional Presentation - 2 points
- Instructional Writing - 3 points
All CDF's must attend at least two SBGA Annual Professional Development Conferences & Expos in a five year period.
Participation in SBGA's Annual Professional Development Conference & Expo is worth 5 points for every year a CDF attends.
"Professional development is critical, and it is clear that the Association and its members take their obligation to stay current seriously. The Certified Director of Facilities (CDF) program is a great way to acknowledge this professionalism."
~Carl Thurnau Coordinator of Facilities Planning NYS Education Department