Keith Watkins, RDF - Accreditation Vice Chair
Dennis Geer, CDF - CDF Program Liaison
"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."
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."
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.
"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."
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:
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:
All CDF's must attend at least two SBGA Annual Professional Development Conferences & Expos in a five year period.