17 May, 2017

Launch of professional credentials for the FM Industry: Promoting recognition of FM as an aspirational career choice.

Following their recent collaboration, the launch of the credentials will provide a professional career path and accreditation for leaders and

17 May 2017

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in collaboration with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are pleased to announce the launch of their suite of credentials and professional qualifications for the FM industry.

Following their recent collaboration, the launch of the credentials will provide a professional career path and accreditation for leaders and aspiring leaders in FM.   The suite of credentials provides professionals with all levels of experience the opportunity to gain a professional qualification in FM: from entry level professionals who may wish to become a Facility Management Practitioner (FMP), to those looking to gain chartered status as the premier, most sought after professional status in the FM industry.

To support the suite of credentials, IFMA-RICS is also launching a range of FM training for all levels of experience.  From CPD courses varying in length from 60mins to 6-month distance learning courses, to tailored training to assist delegates in achieving the collaboration’s credentials, the training is accessible for everyone.  The IFMA-RICS collaboration is also providing a talent management programme where a full audit and gap analysis of a firm’s staff competencies is carried out, assessed versus the company objectives and recommendations made on training and credentials to meet the firm’s learning and development needs. By doing so, organisations can ensure they attract, retain and engage the best talent.

“The launch of the suite of credentials is an exciting milestone in the evolution of FM as a professional discipline.  IFMA and RICS are supporting the global evolution of FM into a strategic function that delivers operational asset performance and capital asset protection as well as facilities that help drive occupier business performance or experience.  The suite of credentials provides access to a clearly defined career path for all FM professionals which has never been possible before.”

Robert Jackson, RICS Regional Director

The launch of the credentials coincides with the first World Workplace Forum being held in the Middle East.  The event being held tomorrow at the Shangri-La in Dubai will focus on “Dispelling the Myth: Strategic Facility Management vs traditional Facilities Maintenance”.  Attracting an international delegation of high profile senior professionals, FM experts and decision makers, the event will explore how international best practices can influence asset management strategies in the region. 

Several regional companies have committed their support for the event as sponsors including: DREI, Emaar, EFS, Deyaar Facilities Management, ADV Advanced FM, Emrill, Proscape FM, Khidmah, CG Technologies and Fixis.

About IFMA
The International Facility Management Association is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting more than 24,000 members in 94 countries. IFMA members manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services annually.

World Workplace is IFMA’s flagship event and is the most longstanding and well-respected conference and exposition for facility management and related workplace professions. Held annually in the United States, Asia, India and Europe, World Workplace is an interactive conference focused on finding innovative, resourceful solutions to common facility challenges; gaining achievable strategies that will get the attention of customers, supervisors and colleagues; and sharing best practices for managing facilities, teams and projects.  www.ifma.org  

About RICS
RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve. We accredit 124,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with RICS is subject to our quality assurance. With offices covering the major political and financial centres of the world, our market presence means we are ideally placed to influence policy and embed professional standards. We work at a cross-governmental level, delivering international standards that will support a safe and vibrant marketplace in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure, for the benefit of all. www.rics.org  

For more information, please contact: 
RICS in Middle East: Lynne Davidson, 
Marketing & Communications Manager on ldavidson@rics.org or Tel: +971 (0) 4 391 3675

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