The International Facility Management Association recently announced that Capt. Walter L. Miller, FMP, of the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology has become the first Air Force member to hold the association’s facility management professional credential.
Miller is a course director at AFIT’s Civil Engineer and Services School. He holds a Master of Science degree in facility management from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Miller has been deployed to Qatar and Iraq and stationed in Japan. He holds several military decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
“One of the biggest reasons people pursue credentials is to have credibility, and the FMP provides that,” said Miller. “Pursuing a credential is not something to be feared. I think it opens doors. It shows that you’re serious about what you’re doing. People come in and say ‘Hey, who are you?’ and having the FMP helps provide a credible response to that.”
Miller’s receipt of the FMP designation comes after the Air Force issued a policy last year adding IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager® credential to its Group A Professional Credential Level and offering 100% reimbursement for expenses required to maintain it. Members of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Coast Guard also hold the FMP.
IFMA’s Facility Management Professional designation is a knowledge based credential demonstrating a proven comprehension of the basics of facility management. A springboard for obtaining IFMA’s CFM® designation, the FMP helps accelerate a new facility manager’s transition into the profession.