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Are You a CRFP (Certified Restaurant Facility Professional)?

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Updated: Friday, August 24, 2018

Hello RFMA members,

Wow, the year is flying by. Cool weather is right around the corner. Hopefully your workload is getting a bit easier with the summer months behind you. How has your year gone? Have you achieved all your goals? How about Professional Development? A CRFP designation would surely help. Attaining RFMA's CRFP is a huge step in increasing your facilities management knowledge and elevating yourself within our industry. The prerequisite, in general, for taking the exam for the designation requires 3-5 years of restaurant facility experience, knowledge of all aspects of facility management, and a commitment to advancement of the restaurant facility management industry. To prepare for the exam there is a CRFP Prep course on the RFMA website consisting of fourteen (14) topic areas (modules) to review. They are:

- Site Work

- Building

- Kitchen Equipment

 - HVAC

- Electrical Systems

- Plumbing Systems

- Preventative Maintenance

- Disaster Management

- Energy Management

- Financial Planning

- Financial Management

- Project Management

- Property Management

- Codes & Guidelines

The modules are free to RFMA members and are online for self training with no time constraints. Each has a pre-test, the learning material, and a post-test. They take anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete and will prepare you for the CRFP exam. The modules provide valuable information that will benefit you in your day to day decision making activities. I highly recommend this great learning tool as it will only help in your professional development. How about a great way to finish off 2018 in your professional development?

So, are you up for it? Are your ready to elevate yourself in our industry? Challenge yourself. You will be better qualified in restaurant facility maintenance. Feel free to contact me to discuss further.

Dover and out.



Jeff Dover, CRFP 
Facilities Resource Manager | Restaurant Facility Management Association 
jeff@rfmaonline.com
972-805-0905 ext. 3

 

 

 

Tags:  CRFP  facility management education  restaurant facility management  rfma 

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Become a CRFP (Certified Restaurant Facilty Professional)

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Updated: Monday, November 13, 2017

Hello RFMA members,

The year is winding down. Hopefully your workload is getting a bit easier with the Holidays coming up. Have you achieved all your goals? How about Professional Development? A CRFP designation would surely help. Attaining RFMA's CRFP is a huge step in increasing your facilities management knowledge and elevating yourself within our industry. The prerequisite, in general, for taking the exam for the designation requires 3-5 years of restaurant facility experience, knowledge of all aspects of facility management, and a commitment to advancement of the restaurant facility management industry. To prepare for the exam there is a CRFP Prep course on the RFMA website consisting of fourteen (14) topic areas (modules) to review. They are:

- Site Work

- Building

- Kitchen Equipment

 - HVAC

- Electrical Systems

- Plumbing Systems

- Preventative Maintenance

- Disaster Management

- Energy Management

- Financial Planning

- Financial Management

- Project Management

- Property Management

- Codes & Guidelines

The modules are free to RFMA members and are online for self training with no time constraints. Each has a pre-test, the learning material, and a post-test. They take anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete and will prepare you for the CRFP exam. The modules provide valuable information that will benefit you in your day to day decision making activities. I highly recommend this great learning tool as it will only help in your professional development. How about a great way to finish off 2017 in your development?

So, are you up for it? Are your ready to elevate yourself in our industry? Challenge yourself. You will not be disappointed. Feel free to contact me to discuss further.

Dover and out.

Tags:  CRFP  professional development  restaurant facilities professional 

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Are You Ready To Be a CRFP?

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hello RFMA members,

2017 is right around the corner. Have you reached your 2016 professional development goals? Was one of them to attain RFMA's CRFP designation? There's still time to elevate yourself within our industry and increase your overall facility knowledge. The prerequisite, in general, for taking the exam is 3-5 years of restaurant facility experience, knowledge of all aspects of facility management, and a commitment to advancement of the restaurant facility management industry. For those unaware, there is a CRFP Online Prep Course on our website. It's a self-paced presentation of fourteen (14) different topic areas, or modules. These can be reviewed and completed on your time-frame and are free to any RFMA member. Every module has a pre-test, the learning material, and a post test and takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete. The subjects covered are:

- Site Work

- Building

- Kitchen Equipment

- HVAC

- Electrical Systems

- Plumbing Systems

- Preventative Maintenance

- Disaster Management

- Energy Management

- Financial Planning

- Financial Management

- Project Management

- Property Management

- Codes and Guidelines

These modules will not only prepare you for the exam but are a great way to provide valuable information that will benefit you in your day to day decision making duties. Are you up for it? Ready for the challenge. It's a professional decision you won't regret. Feel free to contact myself or any other RFMA staff member to discuss.

Dover and out.

Tags:  CRFP  CRFP Online Prep Course  education  professional development  RFMA 

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RFMA Resources

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Updated: Monday, February 22, 2016

Hello RFMA members,

Recently, I received a call from a FM who had a technical facilities question and wanted to know who they may call to assist. I also had a call from a FM who needed a specialized contractor in a certain part of the country. Both times I explained to them to utilize the RFMA website which could help them find their answers. Do you know what the website has? Have you checked it out lately? Do you have a specific facilities question? Check out the following

- Forums. Check out the FM and Industry Exchange Forums to interact with others (peers) within your profession. Why waste time researching answers when there is probably a good chance another restaurant facility professional has already experienced the same problem and found a solution.

- Vendor/Member search. Need a specialized contractor? Want to discuss an issue with a fellow restaurant member? Check out the directory.

- Education. Want learn more about what FM's need to help with their jobs? Check out the CRFP learning modules. They are free to members and, after you go thru them, take the test to be certified.

- Upcoming events. See what coming up at RFMA.

Take advantage of the RFMA website. It has evolved over time to provide good information to our members. These are just a few of the areas to assist you with your jobs. Let us know what additional information would be beneficial to you. We are here to help!

Dover and out.

Tags:  CRFP  FM Forum  Member/vendor search  RFMA website 

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Certified Restaurant Facility Professionnal (CRFP)

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Updated: Monday, December 14, 2015

Hello RFMA members,

A belated Happy New Years!! As part of the planning of 2016, have you thought about your professional development growth goals? With the workload in Facilities, probably not but there is one easy way to move forward in this area. Attaining RFMA's CRFP designation is a huge step in increasing your facilities management knowledge and elevating yourself within our industry. The prerequisite, in general, for taking the exam for the designation requires 3-5 years of restaurant facility experience, knowledge of all aspects of facility management, and a commitment to advancement of the restaurant facility management industry. To prepare for the exam there is a CRFP Prep course on the RFMA website consisting of fourteen (14) topic areas (modules) to review. They are:

- Site Work

- Building

- Kitchen Equipment

 - HVAC

- Electrical Systems

- Plumbing Systems

- Preventative Maintenance

- Disaster Management

- Energy Management

- Financial Planning

- Financial Management

- Project Management

- Property Management

- Codes & Guidelines

The modules are free to RFMA members and are online for self training with no time constraints. Each module has a pre-test, the learning material, and a post-test. Each module takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete and will prepare you for the CRFP exam. Even if you decide not to take the exam, the modules provide valuable information that will benefit you in your day to day decision making activities. I highly recommend this great learning tool as it will only help in your professional development.

So, are you up for it? Are your ready to elevate yourself in our industry? Challenge yourself. You will not be disappointed. Feel free to contact me to discuss further.

Dover and out.

Tags:  CRFP  facility management  professional designation 

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Get Engaged

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hello RFMA Members,

Today's post is on elevating your position and the status of facilities management within your organization. In the past, most facilities professionals were tasked with protecting company assets thru proper PM contracts, R&M and capital projects. Today, they must have knowledge in numerous other areas. Change is constant in our industry and we all must embrace it and get engaged in these new areas to make yourself a valuable asset to your company. The marketplace seems to be moving towards a more franchisee ran industry with many of the larger chains selling off numerous stores to either new or existing franchisees. The large facilities departments of the past will not be in high demand in the future. The facility role needs to be of even greater importance withing the individual organizations. This means elevating the facilities role by embracing change and leading in other areas. Restaurants will always need to be properly protected and maintained, whoever owns them, which is why it's very important to grow professionally in your field. If not already involved, it's highly recommended to look into the following areas:

- Company P&L's, if not currently receiving your company P&L's, request them to get baseline data on current R&M and utility costs along with your personal department information. It's important to follow costs versus budget to anticipate future potential changes in the spending. Be prepared. Take the initiative. Fiscal responsibility is a must in today's environment. Track the PM charges always looking for savings thru better contract management such as volume buying, analyzing current services, etc.

- Sustainability, this is a huge area to be involved in and it covers everything from energy/waste management to building design and materials. Energy management is the easiest area to generate savings and create a high profile within your company. Get engaged. Ensure the basics are covered with programmable t-stats, LED lighting, low flow aerators, etc.

- Education, continued education will be necessary to assist with all the new areas of responsibility that invariably will fall into your lap. A good start is the free CRFP prep course on the RFMA website. This is a wonderful tool to expand your facility knowledge and I would also recommend taking the exam to be certified. This is another example of elevating your status within your organization.

This post is just a quick reminder of how competitive the restaurant industry is. Every management position must be continually justified. Facilities professionals need to elevate their expertise to contribute in many uncharacteristic areas. Take the lead, get engaged. Your future depends on it.

Dover and out.

Tags:  capital projects  CRFP  department  education  elevating your position  engaged  P&L's  R&M spending  sustainability  training 

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