Facilities Operations Program

Setting the Industry Standard for Illinois School Facilities

Facility Management has changed dramatically over the years to include a wide range of responsibilities – from custodial, maintenance and grounds to legal issues, long-range planning, emergency management and much more. The Facilities Operations Program provides a new, consistent standard for the development of high quality school facilities professionals. The knowledge base lays the groundwork of what a facility professional needs to know to succeed in their chosen field.


A Flexible Program to Meet Your Needs

Using the Good School Maintenance* manual as the core curriculum, the Facilities Operations
Program is divided into four courses:

  • Mandatory Base Course: Essentials of Facilities Management
  • Elective Course: Essentials of Maintenance Operations
  • Elective Course: Essentials of Grounds Operations
  • Elective Course: Essentials of Custodial Operations

*All courses require the purchase of Good School Maintenance as a prerequisite for participation. The manual is available from IASB here.

Option 1: Take all Four Courses to Complete the Program! Taking all four courses ensures that you have the knowledge base school districts are looking for from their facilities managers. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate and be recognized at the Illinois ASBO Facilities Professionals Conference.

Option 2: Specialize in Custodial, Maintenance or Grounds. After completing the base course, you will receive a digital certificate for completion of each subsequent elective course. Specialize in as few or as many areas as desired.


Fundamental Topics for Facility Managers


Essentials of Facilities Management — September 20, 2017

Managing school facilities requires a specific knowledge base that isn’t taught elsewhere. Explore school-specific topics including accounting and funding sources, required training for facilities staff and inspections to be done in-house, outsourced or by the government. Learn management skills that cover legislation, evaluations, hiring, leadership styles and discipline.
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Essentials of Maintenance Operations — October 11, 2017

Get an overview of maintenance operations including maintaining interior and exterior surfaces and systems, roof care, HVAC, electrical, electronic and low voltage systems, sanitary and sewage. Each lesson throughout the day will focus in on one of these areas and provide best practices.
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Essentials of Grounds Operations  — January 17, 2018

Effective grounds management requires organization, balancing demands, overcoming obstacles and encouraging growth within your team. Get insights into these challenges, then learn about key topics including tree and shrub care, building and maintaining a lawn and caring for bituminous paving.
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Essentials of Custodial Operations‚Äč — February 28, 2018

Get insights on how to organize your custodial operations, then dive into the specifics of each topic area. Learn about area cleaning programs for specific rooms within the school building and the procedures and services required inside and outside the facility. Review equipment and supplies needed for your operation and maintenance considerations for synthetic countertops and tabletops.
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