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National Association of Hotel & Lodging Engineers

WANTED: ASSISTANT CHIEF ENGINEER - HILTON ARLINGTON, VA Contact: JILL RAISIG +1 703-812-5101 - Become a Certified Chief Engineer or Director of Engineering for Hotels or a Director of Facility Maintenance for Assisted Living Facilities and other Seniors' Lodging Communities: Never Have to Leave Your Property with NAHLE's Online Classes

Certified Director of Facility Maintenance

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Facility Engineering

Our new CDFM program has been developed with the input of industry professionals, lodging facility management companies and ownership groups (R.E.I.T.s) to provide a curriculum specifically focusing on ‘lodging’ facilities for our nations growing senior’s population. The CDFM training program is developed specifically for directors of maintenance for residential-care-facilities and multi-family developments, i.e. assisted-living, senior citizen housing communities and nursing homes.

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The Certified Director of Facility Maintenance (CDFM) program is a self-paced professional development program for residential-care  facility engineers and maintenance professionals. The CDFM study guide has been developed by the National Association of Hotel & Lodging Engineers in conjunction with vendors, standards writing organizations, the Center for Disease Control, and various industry experts contributing as authors. The National Association of Hotel and Lodging Engineers (NAHLE) initially partnered with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI), Apple REIT, and Grainger to bring you our Chief Engineer training program. After being approached by a large assisted living ownership group we are now offering a curriculum specifically focusing on senior-care lodging facilities.

CDFM Curriculum:


Section 1) Management

.   Introduction To Hotels

.   Prioritize Tasks & Time Management

.   Project Management

.   Environmental Health & Safety

.   Emergency Response Planning

Preventive Maintenance


2) Building Systems

.   Plumbing Systems

.   Electrical Systems

.   Lighting Systems

.   Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

.   Fire and Life Safety Systems – Mag-Card Locks

.   Packaged Terminal Air Conditioning (PTAC) Units

.   Vertical Transport Systems                                  -        TEST SECTION 2


3) Building Envelope & Grounds

.   Building Design & Construction – Low-Rise Wood Construction

.   Through-Wall Penetrations

.   Swimming Pools and Spas – Saline / Dehumidification

.   Integrated Pest Management

.   Outdoor Parking Facilities

.  Mold & Mildew

.  Webinar videos with Orkin and CDC/ASHRAE

.  Appendix: Legionella Risk Mitigation           -        TEST SECTION 3


For more information about the CDFM certification, course materials and learning platform, please contact:

Robert Elliott
National Association of Hotel & Lodging Engineers
Phone: 703-922-7105