The Missouri School Plant Managers Association (MSPMA) is proud to offer a 8-Module Core Certification Program designed exclusively for school facility professionals like you. Step up your expertise and join an elite community committed to excellence in educational environments.

Upcoming Class Schedule

2024 Annual Conference

September 29th, 2024
Branson Convention Campus
200 Sycamore Street
Branson, MO 65616

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September 30th, 2024
Branson Convention Campus
200 Sycamore Street
Branson, MO 65616

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Emergency Management, School Safety & Security

October 1st, 2024
Branson Convention Campus
200 Sycamore Street
Branson, MO 65616

Get Tickets Now (Available June 1st)

unlock excellence in school facility management

MODULE 1: Custodial Operations

This module equips attendees with an all-encompassing view of custodial operations. It starts by discussing key strategies for building a high-performing custodial team, including recruitment and onboarding. From there, it delves into the nuts and bolts of custodial staffing, offering actionable tools to assess and optimize staff levels. The module also touches on the effective supervision and evaluation of custodial staff, outlining best practices and due process. Lastly, attendees will gain insights into selecting the most effective and efficient cleaning products and equipment for their schools.

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MODULE 2: Building Systems

Focused on the backbone of a school’s physical structure, this module covers topics ranging from energy accounting and comparisons to HVAC systems. You will learn how to read and interpret utility bills, track energy use, and even strive for Energy Star certification. The module also dissects HVAC systems, providing a broad overview of heating, cooling, and air distribution technologies. It further explores the intricacies of electrical systems, specifically lighting, illuminating the complexities of proper design, control, and the impact of evolving technologies like LEDs.

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MODULE 3: Environmental health & safety

This module provides a comprehensive look at maintaining a safe and healthy school environment. Topics span from indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and asbestos management to integrated pest control. You’ll also explore the 20 key areas of safety concern for schools and methods to prevent employee injuries. It offers actionable insights based on real-world examples to set up or refine a successful safety program in your district.

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MODULE 4: Maintenance & operations

Covering all things related to the physical upkeep of schools, this module goes deep into exterior building envelope maintenance, roof management, and effective preventative maintenance programs. You’ll also explore the world of building automation systems, including HVAC, security, and lighting controls, and the pros and cons of system integration.

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MODULE 5: Facility life cycle & budgeting

Focused on the long-term perspective, this module covers everything from managing sports fields to capital planning and budgeting. Learn how to maintain different types of sports surfaces and how to draft and adhere to a facilities budget. Discussions also touch upon how to develop and communicate capital plans, as well as insights into the realities of handling referendum projects.

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Module 6: LEadership

This module aims to hone your leadership and communication skills, vital for any facilities manager. Topics range from public interactions and how to sell your program to identifying and communicating successes through actionable metrics. You’ll also gain philosophical insights into what makes a great leader and practical tips on how to become one.

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Module 7: Emergency Management, School Safety & Security

Learn everything you need to know about emergency preparedness and security in schools. Topics include planning for emergencies and disasters, security equipment assessment, and threat preparedness. Additionally, you’ll receive strategies for handling emergencies during off-hours and live-action training for active threat scenarios.

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Module 8: Business & Human Resources

In this final module, participants will understand the full ‘life cycle’ of an employee, from hiring to retirement. The module also covers business ethics tailored for facility directors and best practices in contract negotiations and vendor relationships. Learn how to navigate crucial conversations and develop strong leadership traits, rounded off with insights into working with different levels of management and government entities.

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Graduation Criteria

Requirements and information regarding graduation are listed below.


Complete 7 Core Modules to become eligible. Core modules can be taken in any order.


Must maintain MSPMA membership during the process.

No Time Limit

There is no time limit for you to complete all Core Modules.


Graduation will take place at the closest upcoming annual fall conference.

Secure Your Spot Today and Elevate Your Facilities Management Skills to New Heights!

Why wait to enhance your career and contribute more to your school district? Our comprehensive 8-module training program is designed to arm you with the critical skills and in-depth knowledge you need to excel in every aspect of facilities management.

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