Continuing Edu-ma-cation

DiplomaOne down, a couple to go.  For now.

As I’ve written before, I have chosen in this new career upon which I have embarked, to work to certify myself and get educated in the areas and subjects specific to my job.  When I was a Broadcast Engineer, this meant becoming certified by the Society of Broadcast Engineers as, eventually, a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer (CPBE).

In my new job, this means taking on a few certifications / credentials.  Recently, I completed (finally!) the coursework and exams to earn my FMP credential from the International Facility Management Association.  The coursework for this one covers a little of everything from basic facility operation through commercial real estate strategy and management to leadership and ethics.  So now I get to put those letters, ‘FMP’ behind my name – not a big deal to most people.  Hugely a big deal to many in my new industry.

The Road Trip that I’ll be embarking on soon will take me to the next one – year one of Venue Management School (VMS) from the International Association of Venue Managers.  I recently received my pre-reading and homework assignments for VMS. At least I have something now to keep me busy in the evenings leading up to school.  All the evenings … 20 dense seminars packed in to five days, plus networking events, activity events, venue tours and plenty more also indicate that getting a good night’s sleep each night while I’m at school won’t be a problem.

In my spare time, I’m also working on upgrading my Tridium Niagara AX certification I earned last year to cover Tridium Niagara 4.  Niagara is the building management and control system we’ve chosen to install in the buildings I help take care of at Portland’5.  We’ll be upgrading to Niagara 4 in the next couple of years, so a couple of us are getting updated on the changes.

All of this goes along with a series of continuing employer-based learning programs, some mandated, some not, that I attend on a regular basis around Metro as well.

Gotta run – study hall opens in 20 minutes …..

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