International Facility Management Association
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|Headquarters||Houston, Texas, USA|
|Membership||22,655 (as of March 29, 2012)|
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is a professional association to guide and develop facility management professionals by providing services, products, resources and opportunities. IFMA headquarters is located in Houston, Texas.
IFMA was founded in October 1980 by a group of 40 people led by David Armstrong of the Facility Management Institute (FMI) in Ann Arbor, Michigan as the National Facility Management Association (NFMA), a not-for-profit incorporated association. The name was changed to IFMA in 1982 due to a growing Canadian contingency. As of 2012, IFMA has more than 22,600 members in 127 chapters, 15 councils and six communities of practice in 78 countries worldwide.
IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs, recognizes facility management degree and certificate programs and produces World Workplace, a facility management-related conference and exposition. The official publication of IFMA, Facility Management Journal (FMJ), is a bimonthly publication written for facility professionals concerned with developing and maintaining productive workplaces.
As of April 2012, IFMA has three credentialing programs. The Certified Facility Manager (CFM) is designed to assess competency in the field through work experience, education and the ability to pass a comprehensive exam. Since the program began in 1992, more than 3,100 facility managers from 32 countries have achieved this recognition.
The Facility Management Professional (FMP) credential is an assessment-based certificate program demonstrating a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management. In September 2010, the FMP credential was updated and enhanced to align with the most recent IFMA global job task analysis, ensuring that it teaches and tests the knowledge demanded by today’s global employers.
Introduced in 2011, the Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) credential helps facility professionals play a key leadership role in creating, managing and operating sustainable facilities by giving them the skills to continually improve their facility’s impact on the environment and the community. Earning the SFP credential helps bridge the gap between the professional and the property, teaching facility managers how to implement sustainability concepts that align with corporate strategy.
The annual conference and exposition of IFMA, World Workplace, provides educational and networking opportunities for both IFMA members and non-members. Prior to 1995, World Workplace was known as the IFMA Conference and Exposition.
World Workplace is a collaborative forum for facility managers and those in related fields to discuss, evaluate, share ideas. The World Workplace experience includes a conference focused on education and a trade show.
IFMA conducts a variety of research programs. From industry surveys to forecasting to benchmarking reports, IFMA's research department draws on the practices and opinions of FM professionals and educators, covering topics vital to the day-to-day operations of facility professionals and the built environment in general. IFMA's research reports have focused on space and project management, operations and maintenance, distributed work, facility costs, security, violence in the workplace, sustainability and energy efficiency.
Established in 1990 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, the IFMA Foundation promotes research and educational opportunities for the advancement of facility management. The IFMA Foundation is supported by the facility management community, including IFMA members, chapters, councils, corporate sponsors and private contributors.
IFMA created councils to meet the networking and information needs of its members.