The SMA® designation
program helps you increase the operating effectiveness of your building and
makes you more valuable to your organization. Designed to meet the needs of
hands-on technicians and building engineers, the SMA® program offers
instruction in technologies and trends in the maintenance field. The courses
show you how to manage energy-efficient, environmentally sound, cost-effective
building systems. Topics covered include: environmental issues, administration,
and building design and maintenance. Through this program, you’ll gain
career-building skills and knowledge that will contribute to you being an
integral part of your facilities team.
In order to achieve your SMA designation,
you must achieve a grade of 70% or greater on all eight courses. You will
be required to complete the SMT courses as well as the three (3) SMA
courses to fulfill the requirements of the program.
Handling, Water Treatment, & Plumbing Systems
Heating Systems, & Applied Mathematics
Systems & Illumination
Management & Controls
Systems & Accessories
Design & Maintenance
Health & Safety Issues
Note: The course;
Administration, has been retired and replaced by Managing the Organization. If
you have already taken the Administration course and are enrolled in the
designation program, you will not be required to take the Managing the
To fulfill the experience
requirements of the SMA® designation, candidates are required to demonstrate
three years of verifiable experience as a stationary engineer or equivalent;
- The experience must be related to a minimum
property portfolio of 40,000 square feet.
- The experience must demonstrate that you have
met at least 25 of the 35 criteria as part of the SMA® Experience Criteria
Verification Form. Criteria may be obtained through more than one employer as
long as 25 different criteria are met.
- The experience must be verified by each employer
listed on the application.
- The experience criteria do not have to be met
before you start the program, you can accumulate the experience while you’re
taking the courses or after you complete the courses.
For those who have
prior education in an area that overlaps with the RPA you may be eligible to
receive credit for one or more courses. To review the requirements please refer
to the Administrative Competency Chart which outlines what is eligible and how
you go about applying to get credit for a course.