The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has announced the launch of a suite of credentials and professional qualifications for the FM industry.

Developed by IFMA in collaboration with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the credentials offer interested parties the opportunity to gain a professional qualification in FM, regardless of experience – from entry-level professionals, who may wish to become an FM practitioner (FMP), to those looking to boost their status in the FM industry.

In a statement, RICS revealed that, together with IFMA, it is also launching a range of FM training for all levels of experience, in support of the new suite of credentials. The training reportedly includes CPD courses and customised learning, and is accessible to everyone.

Moreover, the IFMA-RICS collaboration is providing a talent management programme, where a firm’s staff competencies are audited and analysed, before being assessed against the company’s objectives. Recommendations are then made on training and credentials to meet the firm’s learning and development needs. 

RICS pointed out that, by participating in the programme, organisations can ensure they attract, retain, and engage the best talent. 

Robert Jackson, RICS Regional Director, commented: “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.” 

The launch of the credentials coincides with the first World Workplace Forum to take place in the Middle East.  The event, which will be held tomorrow in Dubai, will focus on strategic FM versus traditional FM and will explore how international best practices can influence asset management strategies in the region.