IFMA approves petition for new chapter in United Kingdom

29th June 2018

LONDON, UK – The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has approved a petition for the formation of a regional chapter within the United Kingdom. The new chapter will offer FM professionals direct localised support...

LONDON, UK – The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has approved a petition for the formation of a regional chapter within the United Kingdon. The new chapter will offer facility management (FM) professionals direct localised support that taps into the global industry in ways not currently available in the UK market.

As the largest and longest-standing professional organisation dedicated to facility management, IFMA is positioned to deliver new value to the national FM industry, companies relying on strategic FM and individual practitioners. The formation of the chapter, which joins 136 IFMA chapters across more than 100 countries, comes at a time when IFMA, through its collaboration with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), is unifying the profession by driving formation of consistent practice standards via the International Organization for Standardization and working to more tightly integrate FM with the larger built environment industry.

Petitioners, who included senior FM leaders and Fellows of both IFMA and RICS from around the country, stated: “It is strategically important that IFMA be a leader in the FM conversation in the UK. A vital aspect of this is to utilise people in the field who work daily in this industry. The chapter will provide a voice and a mechanism to pool and channel that talent, especially at a senior level. The chapter will also act as a community for people to grow their career and gain skills and knowledge though resources IFMA provides.”

The chapter’s mission is “to enhance, evolve and expand the knowledge of facility managers with a focus on the United Kingdom, while also providing pathways to career success for professionals within the industry.”

To this end, IFMA members and RICS FM professionals in the UK benefit from a full suite of globally recognised credentials and qualifications from entry through to senior executive levels. These include IFMA’s Facility Management Professional™ (FMP®) and Sustainability Facility Professional® (SFP®) certificate programs and Certified Facility Manager® (CFM®) certification, as well as chartered qualifications in FM offering professional, regulated status (AssocRICS, MRICS and FRICS). Together, more than 14,000 professionals worldwide have already attained these designations. (More information is available at fm.training.)

In addition, chapter members gain access to networking, cutting-edge research, and FM content drawing on FM best practices from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

To learn more about the landmark IFMA-RICS collaboration, visit define.fm.

A board of directors has been appointed from among the IFMA membership and a UK chapter programme is currently in development. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact David Emanuel on +44(0)7768765967 or david@i-fm.net.

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About IFMA

IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognised international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (136 chapters), industry (16 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management, conducts research, provides educational programs, content and resources, and produces World Workplace, the world's largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA's social media outlets online, visit the association's LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or www.ifma.org.

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