BOMI International has been providing educational programs throughout North America for approaching 50 years and is considered best-in-class by property and facility management professionals for the RPA®, FMA®, SMA®, BOMI-HP® and SMT®, in addition to our certificate programs.
The following are some of the commonly asked questions we receive regarding the courses, exams, designations, and continuing education credits. While we have done our best at anticipating the questions that are commonly asked, each person has a set of unique circumstances and we may have options that you have not considered that might better fit your educational needs. As a result, you are encouraged to give us a call if you have any questions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- General FAQ
- Course Selection
- Continued Professional Development (CPD)
The two organizations are separate and independent of one another. BOMI is an educational institute that provides training for property and facility managers. BOMA is a non-profit association of property owners and managers. BOMA Locals can host BOMI courses as they deliver our courses in a classroom setting as a member benefit. However, the RPA or FMA courses that they run are actually BOMI courses.
The distinction between the two programs is that the RPA is designed for those who manage properties for others/investors. For example: third- party property managers would work towards their RPA. The FMA is designed for those who manage a property for their own use. For example: an individual who works for an organization that owns its own building would work towards an FMA designation.
Learners tell us that it takes about a week per chapter to work through the material.
No, there is no order for the courses. However, our recommendation is that you start with a course containing material with which you have the most experience. This will allow you to get comfortable with the course format and exam style with content with which you are familiar, rather than take a course with material that is new to you. If you select courses that are applicable to a certificate, you can receive a certificate while you work towards the designation.
There is no correct answer as you can take any one in any order. However, our recommendation is that you start with a course that you have the most experience. If you have a background in budgeting and accounting, for example, start with one of the finance courses. If your background is operations, start with one of the design courses. You may want to save the Fundamentals course until the end, as this course covers a bit of every course, and you will find it easier once you have taken all of the other courses.
This is a challenging question as it all depends upon your background. However, learners tell us that Design, Operation, & Maintenance of Buildings Part 1 and Real Estate Investment & Finance are the most challenging, and Ethics is the least challenging of the courses.
You can choose from any delivery method that is available to you. Once you select one method, you do not need to use this method for the remaining courses in the designation. You can mix the delivery options depending on your budget, availability, and needs. Some learners find the courses that challenge them the most are best taken via classroom and the courses that they have a great deal of experience in can be taken by self-study.
Yes, the courses taken for a certificate are the same as those taken for a designation. The difference is that there are fewer courses required to get your certificate. It requires three (3) for a certificate and eight (8) for a designation. Check the various program to see which courses are required for which certificate or designation. Certificates can be achieved as a stepping stone in your designation learning path.
Please note: Certificates may be earned until a Designation is awarded.
Learners must complete their certificate enrolment within a three-year period. Learners selecting not to complete their certificate enrolment within the term will be considered inactive. All active certificate learners will be given three years from January 1, 2020 to complete their current certificate program.
Learners must complete their designation enrolment within a seven-year period with the option to request a one-year extension. Learners selecting not to complete their credential enrolment within the term will be considered inactive. All active designation learners will be given seven years from January 1, 2020 to complete their current designation program.
No, you pay for one course at a time. Once you register for a course you have 6 months in which to write the exam. The only other fee that can be paid up front with your first course is the enrolment fee for a designation or certificate. Once you pay the designation/certificate enrolment fee, there are no additional enrolment fees required when you register for future courses.
You will receive your course material as well as six months’ eligibility in which to write your exam. You have one opportunity to write the exam within this time period. If you fail the exam or are unable to write the exam, for whatever reason, you will be required to pay an Exam Administration fee to be able to rewrite/write the exam after your eligibility period expires.
The registration fee covers the course material and one sitting of the exam. If you fail the exam, you will be required to pay an administrative fee in order to be able to write the exam again. You have six months from the registration date in which to write the exam. If you miss this deadline or fail to cancel a previously scheduled exam date within the guidelines, you will be required to pay the administrative fee in order to be able to write the exam.
A new eCommerce registration process is being developed. This a secure payment system that allows you to use a variety of credit cards or cheque. If you elect to call our office and pay over the phone with a credit card, we use a virtual terminal in our office to process our credit card payments. In each instance, you will receive a transaction receipt to confirm payment followed by an official receipt from BOMI Education Canada.
The other option is to pay by cheque. If you select this option, you will be sent your course material once we receive payment.
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Exams are written at an authorized testing facility. BOMI has contracted with Pearson VUE to administer the exams in Canada. Once you register for a course, BOMI will send you an email outlining how you schedule an appointment to take your exam. Once you receive the email, Pearson VUE will have you confirmed in their system and you will be able to schedule a date to write the exam.
You will have 2 hours to complete the exam. The time block you have is 2.5 hours with a portion of the time taken up by administrative tasks before you start the exam. You are required to read and accept a non-disclosure document (you should read this in advance so it does not take up to much time) as well as complete a survey on the course material prior to starting the exam.
The Ethics exam is the exception to the rule as there are 30 questions on this exam and it can be done at your home or office. As a result, there is no time restriction as such. However, the system will likely time out if you go away and come back to it later. There are also no restrictions on the number of times you attempt the exam during your eligibility period. If you fail the exam you can keep on taking the exam within your eligibility time period, until you pass. Once you pass, the system will not give you access to the exam again. There are no addition fees to re-take the Ethics exam, during your eligibility period.
To pass the exam you must score a 70% or better. A 69% is a fail. If you fail, you cannot appeal to have your score changed to a pass.
The exam is multiple choice. Each chapter within your course material will have sample questions that can be used to prepare you for the type of questions that will appear on the exam.
You have 6 months in which to write the exam. If you fail the exam or are unable to write the exam within six months, for whatever reason, you can pay an Exam Administrative fee, which will give you a six-month eligibility period to either write the exam for the first time or re-write the exam after failing it. This fee is paid to BOMI Education Canada and not the testing centre.
Once you complete your last question of the exam, the system will indicate what your unofficial mark is. You will receive an official result approximately two weeks after you complete the exam.
The CPD program requires that RPA®, FMA®, and SMA® graduates earn 18 points of continuing education credit every three years in order to maintain their designation’s active status. The three-year renewal period begins on the date that graduates attain their first BOMI International designation. Graduates who hold more than one BOMI International designation are only required to earn 18 CPD points every three years. During each cycle, graduates will complete a verification form and submit it once they have all of their necessary CPD points.
You can get your CPD points in a number of ways. You can attend conferences, seminars, trade shows, or sit on Boards or Committees related to Building Operations (confirm your organization will be accepted prior to submitting your points). You can find out the various ways online by looking under Maintain Your Designation.
You are required to accumulate 18 CPD points over a three-year cycle. Once you have accumulated all 18 points, you then complete the verification form and submit that along with your documentation. You do not submit the points as you get them.