WASBO Facilities Manager Core Certification

The purpose of the WASBO Facilities Manager Core Certification program is to develop a knowledge base for Building & Grounds/Facilities leaders, and to provide safe and healthful educational facilities in the State of Wisconsin.

School District Benefits
  • Knowledge of current changing legislation and regulations.
  • Savings through efficiencies of operation, energy use and effective labor management.
  • Improved safety for students, staff and community.
  • Savings through fewer claims.
  • A healthy and safe learning environment.
  • Increase in public confidence.
  • Effective facility planning and budgeting
Personal Professional Benefits
  • Increase in knowledge which leads to increased confidence in your abilities.
  • Recognition in your district and by your peers.
  • Knowledge gained from a network of school facility managers and industry professionals.
  • Familiarity with current topics, trends and legislation affecting school facilities management.
  • Improved employment options.
  • Enhanced leadership skills.

Who Should Participate?
The Facilities Manager Core Certification and Facilities Manager Continuing Education Programs benefit facilities directors, business managers, district administrators, maintenance supervisors or anyone who has director or supervisory responsibility for the operations of school facilities.


The WASBO Facilities Manager Certification Program is offered by the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials and is recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Certification is the preferred end; however, individuals may take selected courses in the curriculum without obtaining Certification. Any level of participation will add to one’s experience and knowledge base. Those completing the Facilities Manager Core Certification program requirements are recognized at the WASBO Spring Conference.


A person must apply through WASBO to enter the program. The applicant must be a WASBO member in good standing and maintain WASBO membership throughout the course of the program. The cost of program application is a one-time fee of $105. Individuals who have completed the Core Certification Program are automatically enrolled in the Continuing Education Program.

Program Oversight
The Certification program is managed by the WASBO School Facilities Committee with support from the WASBO Executive Director and staff and the WASBO Safety & Risk Management Committee. The Facilities Committee identifies topics and speakers, reviews the course materials, and provides feedback to the speakers.

Required Hours for Certification
To obtain core Certification, an applicant must complete 32 hours of the WASBO Facilities Manager Core Certification curriculum

Frequency of Course Offerings

Each year courses are offered at the WASBO Facilities Management Conference, Spring Conference, Fall Conference and Midwest Facility MastersConference. A complete module is offered at each of these conferences. Additional sessions are offered at the Custodial & Maintenance Conferences. In a typical year, WASBO offers approximately 15 to 20 hours of courses, or 3-4 Modules, allowing a participant to complete the Certification in as little as two years.

To Receive Credit

At each course, a sign-in sheet is circulated during the session. To receive credit for your attendance, find or add your name to the list. Your signature will verify your attendance. This is our only record of your attendance and must be recorded during session attendance to receive credit.

Required Curriculum
The Core curriculum is divided into seven modules and one introductory course. Each session in each module is required to achieve Certification.

So You Want to Be a Facilities Manager (1 Hour)

Core Module 1: Custodial Operations (4 Hours)
  • Effective Hiring & Orientation Process
  • Performing Custodial Staffing Levels and Assessments
  • Custodial Supervision & Evaluation
  • Product & Equipment Selection
Core Module 2: Building Systems (6 Hours)
  • Energy Accounting & Education
  • Understanding HVAC
  • Electrical Systems: Lighting
  • Electrical Systems: Power and Low Voltage Systems
Core Module 3: Environmental Health & Safety (6 Hours)
  • 20 Areas of Safety Concern & Responsibilities
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Asbestos
  • Life Safety & Building Codes
  • Employee Health & Safety

Core Module 4: Maintenance & Operations (4 Hours)
  • Exterior Building Envelope Maintenance
  • Roof Maintenance
  • Effective Preventative Maintenance Program
  • Building Automation Management Systems
Core Module 5: Facility Life Cycle & Budgeting (4 Hours)
  • Managing Sports Fields - Grass, Turf & Synthetic Surfaces
  • Budgeting for School Facilities Departments
  • Capital Planning
  • The Realities of Referendum Projects
Core Module 6: Leadership (4 Hours)
  • Hire Retire & Everything In Between
  • Interaction with the Public: How to Sell Your Program
  • How to Identify & Communicate Success
  • Excelling as a Leader
Core Module 7: Emergency Management, School Safety & Security (5 Hours)
  • Emergency Planning
  • Security Assessment
  • After Hours Emergencies: How to Plan
  • Continuity Planning & Disaster Recovery
  • How are Wisconsin School Districts Preparing for Threats?

WASBO Facilities Manager Certification Continuing Education

Purpose of Program

To continually add to a knowledge base for Building & Grounds/Facilities leaders to provide safe and healthful educational facilities in the State of Wisconsin

Requirements for Continuing Education

To stay current in the Facilities Manager Continuing Education Program, a participant must complete 12 hours of the WASBO Facilities Manager Continuing Education Curriculum within each three-year period following initial Core Certification. Participants must be a WASBO member in good standing.

Frequency and Content of Course Offerings

Each year, courses are offered at the WASBOP Facilities Management Conference, Midwest Facility Masters Conference, WASBO Spring Conference, WASBO Fall Conference and four Custodial & Maintenance Conferences. All sessions relating to Facilities Management and/or Leadership will have a sign-in sheet circulated in the session, by signing in attendees are recording their attendance at the session. Each session is counted as 1 hour of Continuing Education.

For More Certification Information or Questions

Please contact Kaitlyn Peters at kaitlyn.peters@wasbo.com or by phone at 608.249.8588.