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The Institute for Facilities Management
The goal of the APPA Institute is to promote and maintain professional standards and sound management practices by:
The Three-Track Institute Program
The Institute has been designed as a three-track progressive program beginning at a basic level of facilities management and building to a more technical and advanced level of management skills. The intention of the program is to provide a comprehensive base of knowledge over a three-time attendance period. Upon completion of the three-track program, an individual graduates from the Institute. Since this is a progressive program, individuals are encouraged to begin their training in Program 1.
All management levels within the facilities organization will benefit from attendance at the Institute. The coursework provides an overall look at facilities management including terminology, basic system operations, management concepts, and current issues, and it combines classroom learning with practical experience. The Institute also promotes networking with colleagues to share ideas and experiences.
In an effort to tailor the program to the special needs of administrators at small college/university campuses, there is a second section of both Programs 1 and 2 geared toward the small college. These courses are generally taught by small college administrators who address the problems a small institution faces, such as limited staffing, financial considerations, and limited resources.
Program 2 - Physical Plant Management Programs and Systems:
Examines in-depth plant operating systems and their more advanced functions. Management sessions center on development and motivation of staff.
Program 3 - Contemporary Issues in Facilities Management:
This program is designed to provide information and offer solutions on current major issues of concern to senior facilities officers.
Planning, Design, and Construction.
This program covers project planning, design phase management, contract administration, and project commissioning with attention to legal issues and renovation projects.
APPA is planning to provide a series of training seminars on environmental compliance issues. Training sessions are available on the following subjects:
APPA Training Package
If your college or university is like most, your facilities management operation is facing serious budget cuts, shrinking human resources, and growing demands to do more with less. Highly trained, skillful supervisors are essential to meet these challenges. But those same budget cuts have probably eliminated your travel budget and severely curtailed training resources. Your facility supervisors are unable to attend valuable training seminars training that can save your institution money in the long run.
What can you do?
Here's an exciting alternative from APPA: Basic Tools for Facility Supervisors is a comprehensive, 32-hour training and development package. With Basic Tools, you can train supervisors and staff on site with videotapes, workbooks, discussion guides, and a detailed instructor's manual. The cost is far less than travel plus seminars, and you can:
Basic Tools for Facilities Supervisors was created by APPA:
The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers in partnership with Ogden Services Corporation. It has been specifically tailored for educational facilities administrators, framing proven management principles within the context of facilities operations. The clearly written, step-by-step guide and multimedia approach makes this practical information easily accessible to supervisors and staff.
The content of Basic Tools is presented in seven modules. Each is practical and clearly structured, but has an open-ended quality that allows participants to fully develop their personal and professional potential.
"I would love to offer my staff the training opportunities they need, but our budget is too small to send people to out-of-state sessions. Besides, I need my staff here on campus."
Sound familiar? While the need for education and training grows constantly, the money available to fund it continues to shrink. Seminar fees, transportation, room, and meals, add up, and most facilities personnel are up to their eyeballs in work. There's little time for training.
PETS--Partnerships in Educational Training Series--is APPA's solution to the training/education dilemma. PETS offers inexpensive, half-day, on-site training courses, taught by the same national-level instructors as the Institute for Facilities Management and annual Educational Conference.
The program was developed by the APPA Education Committee, based on members' requests for low-cost, convenient, educational programs.
According to Gary Reynolds, APPA VP for educational programs, "Members have been asking APPA to take a new approach to education. Time is limited, resources are scarce, and everybody needs something different. At the same time, the quality has to be consistent with APPA's national programs. The PETS program does all that."
The PETS program offers several advantages over larger, scheduled programs. Because the trainer comes to the site, the institution saves transportation costs and staff time lost to travel. Scheduling is determined by the institution, so training won't conflict with other important activities. In addition, the PETS program can be a source of revenue for regional and state APPA groups.
Hosting a PETS program is easy, and all the information you need is in the Education section of APPANet. Take a look and see what PETS can offer you and your staff.