IAFE Institute of Fair Management Graduate Certification Program
(January 2022 – April 2023)
(January 14, 2022 enrollment deadline)
The IAFE Institute of Fair Management (IFM) Certification Tracks are specialized, continuing education programming for IFM graduates. This senior level coursework is presented through varying methods of instruction CyberSeminar, Instructor-led, Case Study and Service-Learning Projects.
Upon completion, the enrollee will become “certified” in the respective track completion. They will receive a certificate of accomplishment valid for five years. Every five years a minimum of three approved continuing education courses are required to maintain “Certified Status.” Individual will then be re-certified for an additional five years receiving an updated certificate. Continuing education courses are offered through the IAFE at the annual conventions, management conferences, zone meetings and other IAFE events.
IAFE IFM CERTIFICATION TRACKS
1. MANAGEMENT (2024)
2. ENTERTAINMENT AND PROGRAMMING (2024)
3. MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS (2022)
4. FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (2022)
5. LEADERSHIP (2023)
6. SPONSORSHIP AND FUNDRAISING (2023)
IFM graduates may enroll in one track per year. Tracks will be offered every three years. Completion of all six tracks is not required. Once you complete a track, you will be certified within that track. However, all six tracks may be completed if an individual should choose to do so.
INVESTMENT: The investment for each track is $649 (USD). This includes all coursework, required program CyberSeminars and courses. Enrollees will present their case study findings at the 2023 IAFE Management Conference This does not include travel and registration expenses for the Annual Convention or travel and registration expenses to the Management Conference.
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT TRACK: (2022)
#401 Master Plan Project(s) – How to approach: (CyberSeminar) Learn how to effectively start the Master Plan Process, build team consensus, developing long and short-term goals. Navigate the Master Plan process and develop your tool kit for success. Bill Bourne, Associate Principal, Architect, Populous. February 17, 2022
#402 Experience Planning: (CyberSeminar) – What are they saying about your Fair? How do you stack up against other “experiences”? Beyond the logistics – are you considering your fair as a destination? What is the design motivation? Tom Owen, PGAV Architects. March 17, 2012
#403 Facilities that Create a Safe Environment: (CyberSeminar) Do you have a safety plan for your attendees, staff, volunteers, livestock, guests with disabilities? This course helps you identify the degree of protection for your event, establishes how to foster a healthy environment for everyone. April 14, 2022
#404 Meeting the Cleanliness Needs of our Event Goers and More: (CyberSeminar) A session that covers a broad span of creating a clean, safe environment for your event, beginning with training your team, work loading, equipment technology and ergonomics, and chemical control(s). Discover the GBAC certification process and application process, AND how to continually advance your plans to combat the new health challenges. Christian Kowieski, CFE – Chief Operating Officer, Wisconsin State Fair, May 19, 2022.
#405 How to Fund Your Master Plan and Facility Improvements: (CyberSeminar) Panelists review the best practices to gain funding for your facility improvements. What are some of the governmental hoops, how to engage your community, stakeholders, and your Foundation? September 22, 2022.
#406 Contracts, Request for Proposal and Request for Qualifications, Contract Administration: (Presenter-led) In-depth course that looks at the steps necessary for a successful negotiation, from RFP’s to administering the contract. Contents include negotiation preparation, setting targets, roles of team members, setting strategy, conducting negotiations, and documenting the final agreement. Upon completion, the enrollee will be able to prepare for, secure and administer contracts. Jim Tucker, IAFE Legal Counsel – Date TBD offered at 2022 IAFE Annual Convention.
Service-Learning Project: An integrated activity that connects the concepts and principles of this track to real-life application through volunteerism. Each participant will gain practical experience while focusing on management/operation activities. Minimum eight volunteer hours. To be approved by your mentor.
Case Study: Enrollees will be assigned an active case study related to Facilities Management. The group will evaluate the case through provided guidelines and provide their final recommendation with a presentation to the IAFE Education Advisory Board at the 2023 IAFE Management Conference. Each group will be provided an industry mentor to aid the group in their case study efforts.
Testing: In order to complete the track certification, enrollees are required to successfully pass a final exam, administered on-line. Passing score is considered 90 percent or greater. Enrollee will be provided multiple opportunities to achieve a passing score.
Re-Certification: Upon completion, the enrollee will become “certified” in the respective track completed. Every five years, a minimum of three approved continuing education courses are required to maintain “Certified Status.” Continuing education courses are offered, through the IAFE, at the annual conventions, management conferences, zone meetings and other IAFE events.