Facilities Management Resources
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI)
Cleaning Management Institute (CMI)
Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)
Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Associação Brasileira de Facilities (ABRAFAC)—Brazil
Association des Directeurs et Responsables de Services Généraux (ARSEG)—France
Association of Property and Facility Managers (APFM)—Singapore
British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)—United Kingdom
European Facility Management Network (EuroFM)—Europe/The Netherlands
Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ) —New Zealand
Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA Australia)—Australia
FMPRO - Swiss Association for Facility Management and Maintenance —Switzerland
German Facility Management Association (GEFMA)—Germany
Global Facilities Management Association (Global FM)—International/Belgium
Hong Kong Institute of Facility Management (HKIFM)—Hong Kong
Hungarian Facility Management Society (HFMS)—Hungary
Japan Facility Management Association (JFMA)—Japan
Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) —Dubai, UAE
Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ)—New Zealand
South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA)—South Africa
ACGIH is a member-based organization that advances occupational and environmental health. The organization produces annual occupational exposure guidelines, a monthly journal, and hundreds of technical and scientific publications, and provides its members and other OEHS professionals with training and education.
Since its founding in 1938, ACGIH's membership has grown and diversified to over 3,000 members throughout the world, and its interests and projects have multiplied. The organization's Board of Directors and Committees consist of members who strive to provide essential, cutting-edge information to government, academia, and corporate facilities throughout America, Canada and countries abroad.
Publications: ACGIH offers approximately 400 publication titles, including its well-known set of Signature Publications. Written by professionals for professionals, the Signature Publications are prepared using the highest scientific principles and practices, and with the health and safety of workers worldwide in mind. Topics cover the gamut of industrial hygiene, environmental health, safety and health science, medical/toxicology, hazardous materials/waste, workplace controls, indoor air quality, physical agents and ergonomics.
Specific titles include ACGIH's annual editions of the Threshold Limit Value and Biological Exposure Indices guidelines for occupational exposure to chemical substances and physical agents, or TLVs and BEIs, and related publications such as Documentation for each. ACGIH and AIHA also co-produce a monthly peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH).
Education: ACGIH supports numerous educational activities that facilitate the exchange of ideas, information, and techniques, with the ultimate goal of worker health and safety. The organization offers courses approved by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) for Certification Maintenance (CM) Points and by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) for Continuance of Certification (COC) Points. Courses are offered at ACGIH's Professional Learning Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and at various other locations and events, as well as online.
Over the years, topics have included cotton dust exposures, workplace control of carcinogens, industrial hygiene for mining and tunneling, asbestos identification and measurement, and others. Today, this commitment to providing forums for discussion of timely issues is evidenced through Webinars, seminars, workshops and conferences on bloodborne pathogens and sharps injuries, air sampling, industrial ventilation, bioaerosols, mining, occupational exposure databases, mold remediation, nanotechnology, control banding and other topics.
The American Institute of Architects
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has served as the professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857, offering research, advocacy, information, and community.
Publications: AIA offers numerous online publications, including its weekly AIArchitect newsletter and publications for various AIA sub-groups. The AIA Bookstore offers its yearly AIA Compensation Survey: Full Report, its most recent edition of The Architect's Handbook, and numerous other publications such as NFPA and ICC Codes.
Education: AIA offers a wide range of educational programs and resources through its Continuing Education System, including convention education programs and distance education programs. The Architect's Knowledge Resource connects AIA members and others to the most current information on architecture, including research, best practices, product reviews, ratings, image banks, trends, and more.
The AIA Web site offers news and comprehensive information on Practicing Architecture, Education, Contract Documents, Conferences & Events, Advocacy, and Career Stages.
AIA offers various Member Groups and Knowledge Communities to bring together like-minded architecture professionals. Special-interest Knowledge Communities, with associated publications, include: Architecture for Education, Committee on Design, Corporate Architects/Facility Management (see below), Design for Aging, Design-build, COTE/Sustainability, Health Care Architecture, Historic Resources Committee, Housing and Custom Residential, Interior Architecture, Justice Architecture, Practice Management, Public Architects, Religious Art and Architecture, Retail and Entertainment, Small Project Practitioners, and Technology in Architectural Practice.
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American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) advances heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technology to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission through research, standards writing, publishing, continuing education, and advocacy. Membership is open to any person associated with the field including indoor air quality, building design and operation, and environmental control for food processing and industry.
Standards: ASHRAE develops standards for both its members and others professionally concerned with refrigeration processes and the design and maintenance of indoor environments. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ASHRAE publishes three types of voluntary consensus standards: Method of Measurement or Test, Standard Design, and Standard Practice.
Certifications: ASHRAE develops and confers these certifications: Healthcare Facility Design Professional Certification, High-Performance Building Design Professional Certification, Operations & Performance Management Professional Certification, and Commissioning Process Management Professional Certification (June 2009).
Education: ASHRAE Learning Institute offers a wide selection of courses about the HVAC&R Industry, with PDHs and CEUs. Offerings include 3-4 hour short courses, one-two day professional development seminars, and online courses. ASHRAE offers numerous conferences and events, including the ASHRAE Annual Conference and the AHR Expo.
Publications include the monthly ASHRAE Journal, quarterly High Performing Buildings magazine, ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Systems and Equipment guide updated yearly, ASHRAE Datacom Series, ASHRAE Tools for LEED, Advanced Energy Design Guides (available for free .pdf download), and many more.
Founded in 1914, APPA's driving purpose is: "Elevating facilities professionals into influential leaders in education." APPA promotes excellence in all phases of educational facilities management, including administration, planning, design, construction, energy/utilities, maintenance, and operations. Members are educational facilities professionals, including those from public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities; medical and law schools; seminaries; public and private K12 schools and districts; museums and parks; military installations; federal, state, and city-county governments, and business partners that serve educational facilities throughout the US, Canada, and abroad. Previous names include: the Association of Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds, the Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Universities and Colleges, and APPA: The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers.
Certifications: APPA certifications include the Education Facilities Professional (EFP) and the Certified Education Facilities Professional (CEFP).
Professional Development programs: APPA offers several professional training programs, the APPA Annual Conference, and a Senior Facilities Officers (SFO) Summit.
APPA's Facilities Management Evaluation Program (FMEP) provides institutions with a customized evaluation conducted by a team of institutional peers across a comprehensive set of criteria. The resulting report consists of feedback and recommended actions which are personalized to each institution and designed to help transform participating educational facilities programs into those worthy of international recognition.
Publications: The APPA site offers a comprehensive knowledge bank for the field of educational facilities, including focused research and a vast resource library, as well as APPA's own publications, including: Facilities Manager magazine, Facilities Management Manual; Inside APPA bimonthly e-newsletter, Buildings The Gifts That Keep On Taking: A Framework for Integrated Decision Making, and In Leadership in Educational Facilities Administration.
Formerly called the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), ASIS International is the worldwide organization for security professionals. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, governmental entities, and the public. ASIS International is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer; ASIS-developed Standards and Guidelines are available on the site.
Certifications: ASIS administers three certifications programs. The Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation indicates board certification in security management, and is reportedly recognized worldwide as the highest recognition accorded a security practitioner. Two technical certifications have been added recently: the Physical Security Professional (PSP) and the Professional Certified Investigator (PCI).
Membership benefits include the monthly magazine Security Management; member savings on 30+ quality educational programs and conferences annually; and access to the ASIS Information Resources Center, ASIS Security Industry Buyers Guide, and ASIS Bookstore.
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is a nonprofit professional society of 9,500 members in 73 countries, with corporate members from the commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, energy services, and utility sectors. Its mission is "to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for Sustainable Development." AEE offers a full array of informational outreach programs including seminars (live and Internet-based), conferences, journals, books, and certification programs. AEE offers several Divisions and Councils, with accompanying newsletters specific to the industries, including the Facility Managers Institute Division.
AEE publications, complimentary to all AEE members, include: AEE Energy Insight online newsletter, and three technical journals: Energy Engineering, Strategic Planning for Energy & the Environment, and Cogeneration & Distributed Generation Journal. AEE also offers numerous books, such as Advanced Lighting Controls: Energy Savings, Productivity, Technology & Applications, Bioterrorism: A Guide for Facility Managers, Cogeneration Management Reference Guide, and more.
AEE Certifications include: Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP), Certified Green Building Engineer (GBE), Certified Business Energy Professional (BEP), Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP), Distributed Generation Certified Professional (DGCP), Certified GeoExchange Designer (CGD), Energy Manager in Training (EMIT), Certified Carbon Reduction Manager (CRM), Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP), Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP), Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP), Certified Power Quality Professional (CPQ), Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional (CIAQP), and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA).
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
Founded in 1907, BOMA International represents local associations throughout the US and around the world. BOMA International is a primary source of information on office building development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, and technological developments. BOMA focuses on actively and responsibly representing and promoting the interests of the commercial real estate industry through effective leadership and advocacy; through the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information; and through professional development.
BOMA International's members are building owners, managers, developers, leasing professionals, medical office building managers, corporate facilities managers, asset managers, and the providers of the products and services needed to operate commercial properties. BOMA members own or manage much of the prime office space in North America.
Publications: The BOMA Magazine, research documents, and "how-to" guidebooks, including: Standard Method for Measuring Floor Area in Office Buildings (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1), The Experience Exchange Report—a compilation of income and expense data for office buildings across North America, The Real Estate Professional's Guide to the Design-Build Process, The Real Estate Professional's Guide to Emergency Preparedness, and The Real Estate Professional's Guide to the ANSI/IWA I-14.1 Window Cleaning Safety Standard.
Education: the North American Real Estate Congress and The Office Building Show (June); Winter Business Meeting (January); and the biannual National Issues Conference; and courses, online seminars, and audio seminars on topics such as office marketing and leasing, asset management, technology, and security and emergency preparedness planning. BOMA University's courses and programs include: BEEP (BOMA Energy Efficiency Program), Emerging Leaders in Real Estate, Foundations of Real Estate Management, and Medical Office Buildings & Healthcare Facilities Seminar.
Awards: The Office Building of the Year (TOBY) awards honor buildings demonstrating excellence in building management, operational efficiency, tenant retention, emergency planning and community impact; and the Earth Awards honor environmentally friendly buildings.
BOMI International is the trusted international provider of property and facilities educational products for top corporations, government agencies, property management firms, unions, and trade associations. BOMI International works across industry sectors to improve the skills of property and facilities management professionals.
Professional designations: BOMI International's industry-standard designations include the Real Property Administrator (RPA), Facilities Management Administrator (FMA), Systems Maintenance Administrator (SMA), and Systems Maintenance Technician (SMT).
Education: BOMI International provides a wide-range of educational programs and resources that can be customized to meet individual needs or the needs of a company, including courses, seminars, reference materials, and online learning opportunities, as well as customized on-site group training.
BOMI International's reference books include: BOMI International Dictionary for the Built Environment; Jane's Property & Facility Managers Workplace Security Handbook; and Reference Guides on: Clean Air & OSHA Compliance, Contaminants, Effective Management, Leasing, Property Acquisition & Property Value, and Property Investment.
Carpet and Rug Institute
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The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is a nonprofit trade association representing the manufacturers of almost all carpet made in the US, as well as their suppliers and service providers. CRI also coordinates with other segments of the industry, such as distributors, retailers, and installers, to help increase consumers' satisfaction with carpet and to show them how carpet creates a better environment. Through science-based research, customer advocacy, environmental stewardship, and consensus building, CRI serves its members and their customers. CRI initiatives help protect carpet's life and beauty and demonstrate its air quality benefit.
CRI is a source of extensive carpet information for consumers, writers, interior designers, specifiers, facilities managers, architects, builders, building owners and managers, installation contractors, and retailers. CRI continually conducts primary research and gathers data from other sources to help readers make the right decisions based on the facts.
For commercial customers, CRI offers information on: earning LEED credits; the benefits of carpets and rugs; carpet & health; green building and the environment; selecting the right carpet; facility-specific considerations; specification and installation; and cleaning and maintenance.
Resources: Free and nominally priced materials are available on such topics as: aesthetic, functional, and financial benefits of carpet; the carpet or rug selection process; installation guidelines; characteristics of fibers; carpet construction; carpet's role in indoor air quality and the environment; daily maintenance and long-term care; and in-depth technical guidance.
Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) is a professional society dedicated to education, training, and career improvement for the facilities maintenance industry. CMI was established in 1964 for the education and professional development of cleaning and maintenance professionals, managers, supervisors, and executives. CMI's goals for members and their organizations include increased efficiency, decreased turnover, and cleaner, safer, healthier buildings.
Member benefits include: introductory subscription to CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management magazine; members-only CM e-News Daily e-newsletter; access to Problem-Solving Hotline for technical support to help solve maintenance problems, with 24-hour turnaround time in case of emergency; listing in the CMI Web-based Member Directory; discounts on CMI training events and publications; and more.
Education:: CMI's training programs, available on-site for multiple attendees, include: Custodial Technician Training and Train the Trainer Programs; Custodial Maintenance Supervision Home Study Course; National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) and CMI present Floor Safety Certification Course; and CMI Spot and Stain Removal Certification Course.
The CMI site offers access to a free janitorial and building maintenance consultation service, The International Custodial Advisors Network, Inc. (ICAN), a nonprofit association comprised of industry consultants with a wide range of expertise in building management, indoor environmental, and service disciplines. The site also includes ICAN's Index of Building Maintenance Topics and the searchable ICAN's Facility Maintenance Professionals Troubleshooting Search Center.
CoreNet Global, Inc.
CoreNet Global is the international professional association for corporate real estate and workplace executives serving leading multinational companies from the Fortune and Global 1000. Thousands of members manage real estate and workplace assets in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. The organization focuses on advancing knowledge, connecting people, and promoting personal excellence. CoreNet Global offers locally based chapters worldwide.
CoreNet Global offers publications such as The LEADER magazine and "Industry Tracker;" education such as MCR/SLCR seminars and CoRE Webinars; and other products and services such as advance@CoreNet, CoRE Workshops, Discovery Forums, Global Awards Program, and Industry Leaders Roundtable.
Conferences: CoreNet Global Summits offer opportunities to network, learn, and be recognized for achievements. They are held in various countries worldwide.
The Web site offers a Career Services section and CoreNet's extensive Knowledge Center Online, which offers information on such topics as: Benchmarking, Facilities Management, Lease Administration, Portfolio Management, Project Management, Risk Management, Strategy and Leadership, Sustainability, and Technology.
Founded in 1953, The Counselors of Real Estate is the membership organization established exclusively for real estate advisors who provide intelligent, unbiased, and trusted advice for a client or employer. It includes all professionals designated as CREs. Counselors come from a wide array of professional backgrounds. To be invited for membership, prospective members must be recognized by their peers, clients, and employers for their outstanding professional achievement, impeccable judgment, and commitment to integrity in the field of real estate counseling. The organization serves as an information resource and to provide its members with opportunities for professional development, knowledge sharing, and networking. The Web site offers a Project Library, news, programs and events, publications, and information on the CRE Consulting Corps and the CRE Real Estate Dispute Resolution Program.
The Institute of Real Estate Management
Founded in 1933, IREM is the source for education, resources, information, and membership for real estate management professionals. An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, IREM is reportedly the only professional real estate management association serving both the multi-family and commercial real estate sectors. With US chapters, international chapters, and other partnerships around the globe, IREM is an international organization that also serves as an advocate on issues affecting the real estate management industry. Its membership includes more than 18,000 individual members and 500 corporate members.
Professional Certifications: IREM promotes ethical real estate management practices through its credentialed membership programs, including the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation, the Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) certification, the ACoM certification, and the Accredited Management Organization (AMO) accreditation.
Education: IREM offers extensive educational opportunities, including Webinars, online courses, home-study courses, private and partnered training, continuing education, and courses designed to meet CPM, ARM, AMO, and ACoM education requirements.
Publications: IREM produces the bimonthly Journal of Property Management as well as numerous publications such as A Practical Guide to Green Real Estate Management, Preparing for Pandemic Flu, From Good to Great to Best-in-Class: A Real Estate Leader's Guide to Optimal Performance, Managing and Leasing Commercial Properties, and many more.
IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized global association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 22,655 members in 78 countries. Formed in 1980, IFMA provides professional credentialing programs, conducts research, provides educational courses, and produces World Workplace, the world renown facility management conference and exposition.
Professional Certifications: The Certified Facility Manager® (CFM®) credential sets the industry standard for ensuring the knowledge and competence of practicing FMs. The Facility Management Professional (FMP®) is a knowledge-based credential that will help to accelerate an FM's transition into the profession. IFMA's Sustainability Facility ProfessionalTM SFPTM is an assessment-based certificate program delivering a specialty credential in sustainability.
Education and Events: IFMA offers extensive educational opportunities, including online courses, classroom-based instructor-led courses and more. Conferences and events include: World Workplace, Facility Fusion, World Workplace Asia, and World FM Day.
Publications: IFMA produces the Facility Management Journal (FMJ) as well as numerous research reports, surveys, benchmarking studies and other publications.
IFMA Foundation: Established in 1990 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation distinct from IFMA, the IFMA Foundation works for the public good to promote priority research and educational opportunities for the advancement of facilities management.
Formerly known as the International Sanitary Supply Association and now as the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, ISSA's global membership includes nearly 6,000 distributor, manufacturer, building service contractor, and in-house service provider companies. ISSA offers ISSA/INTERCLEAN cleaning shows in various countries; a vast array of educational videos and resources; networking on local, national, and international levels; industry management standards; legislative and regulatory services; and industry news specifically focused on the world's cleaning community.
ISSA's education department provides quick and low-cost training for management, computer skills, and safety. A special section on Green Cleaning (under the Education tab) offers extensive information on products, trends, standards, and more. ISSA's online Bookstore offers hundreds of publications, reports, training manuals, books, videos, and CDs on such topics as general custodial, carpet care and hard floor care, and healthcare sanitation.
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), established in 1965, is a collegial community dedicated to sharing, learning, and teaching best practices and emerging trends in planning for colleges and universities. SCUP promotes integrating the full spectrum of planning functions at a postsecondary institution, including, but not limited to: academic, campus or master facilities, budgeting and financial resources, infrastructure, and strategic.
Professional development: SCUP offers numerous educational opportunities and events, including the Annual International Conference and Idea Marketplace, regional conferences, workshops, Webcasts, and the three-part SCUP Planning Institute.
Publications: SCUP produces a variety of publications, including its quarterly journal Planning for Higher Education (PHE), books, CDs, member communications, portfolios of past PHE articles and other resources on a topic of interest, links to newspaper and magazine articles of interest, and special reports.
The SCUP Resources section includes a searchable database of consultants and firms; conference archives; searchable PHE archives; links to hundreds of academic, campus, facilities, and strategic campus plans from some 400 colleges and universities; an Online Marketplace of consultants and firms to help with planning-based projects; Job Postings; and more.
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors
The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) represents commercial and industrial real estate professionals, with more than 3,000 members in 25 countries. A professional affiliate of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), SIOR is dedicated to the practice and maintenance of the highest professional and ethical standards. SIOR provides professional services, publications, and educational programs.
Certification: The SIOR designation represents the highest level of knowledge, production, and ethics in the real estate industry. SIOR designees can hold the following specialty designations: industrial, office, sales manager, executive manager, or advisory service. The Web site offers a "Locate an SIOR" page to locate an SIOR or associate member by name, specialty, or location. SIOR's associate members include corporate executives, developers, educators, and other involved in the commercial real estate industry.
Resources: The SCUP online resource center provides access to a "Locate a Property" page to locate a property listed by an SIOR on Loopnet or SoS America; the SIOR Code of Ethics and the SIOR Ethics, Mediation & Arbitration Procedures Manual; SIOR products and publications; SIOR's quarterly magazine Professional Report; a membership directory; and SIOR books such as Mastering Office Leasing.
U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation. USGBC's 15,000+ member organizations prove that you can green the built environment and your bottom line. USGBC national membership is corporate, covering all full-time employees, while chapter membership is individual.
Certification: The USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. The USGBC Web site provides all the resources needed to achieve LEED certification. LEED Project Certification provides independent verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, profitable, and a healthy place to live and work. The LEED Accredited Professional program certifies professionals who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources, and processes.
Commercial buildings as defined by standard building codes are eligible for certification under the LEED for New Construction, LEED for Existing Buildings, LEED for Commercial Interiors, LEED for Retail, LEED for Schools, and LEED for Core & Shell rating systems. Building types include—but are not limited to—offices, retail and service establishments, institutional buildings (e.g., libraries, schools, museums, and religious institutions), hotels, and residential buildings of four or more habitable stories.
Education: USGBC offers in-person and online courses about green building basics, becoming a LEED Accredited Professional, and building green for a specific industry. USGBC's Education Provider Program facilitates access to professional development courses created by USGBC members and chapters to further the theory and practice of green building. Greenbuild 365 offers access to plenaries and master speaker presentations from the Greenbuild conference year-round.
Greenbuild is billed as the world's largest green building conference and expo. It features educational sessions, international leaders and innovators, and numerous opportunities to network.
Publications: LEED Reference Guides, books, USGBC publications, and other valuable resources on green building are available from the site.
Resources: The USGBC Web site offers news and events, a searchable Member Directory; a directory of LEED Accredited Professionals (AP), and a LEED Projects & Case Studies Directory. It also provides access to Green Building Research; completed LEED Project Profiles; LEED Project Case Studies; Presentations from recent conferences or Web events; Government Resources; K-12 & Higher Ed Resources; and Commercial Real Estate Resources.
INTERNATIONAL FM ORGANIZATIONS
Associação Brasileira de Facilities
Associação Brasileira de Facilities (ABRAFAC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 by executives who previously participated in three different working groups (GRUPAS, GAS, and MBA/POLI/USP). ABRAFAC's mission is to be a reference organization for the Brazilian market, functioning as both a consultation and support source for every facilities management-related initiative. IFMA is the organization's benchmarking reference. ABRAFAC offers courses, workshops, networking events, and technical site tours. The organization offers support to all FM groups in South America. ABRAFAC is a member of Global FM.
Association des Directeurs et Responsables de Services Généraux
Association des Directeurs et Responsables de Services Généraux (ARSEG) is a French general services organization. It is a founding member of Global FM.
The Association of Property & Facility Managers (APFM) was formed in July 1995 to further the interests of the property and facilities management industry in Singapore. APFM's objectives are: to promote and maintain the standard and practice of property and facilities management; to advance the status of PMs and FMs; to advance education and research in the field; to develop uniformity in the industry's standard and practice; and to establish a professional code of conduct and practice. Members must meet a minimum education standard of at least a diploma or degree in building/real estate or related disciplines. For the category of fellows, they must have at least five years of working experience in a senior position. The Association organizes seminars and short courses, sends out a newsletter, and encourages members to share their expertise offshore.
British Institute of Facilities Management
The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) is the professional organization for facilities management in the UK. Founded in 1993, the Institute provides information, education, training, and networking services for over 12,000 members—both individual professionals and organizations. All members undertake to abide by a Code of Professional Conduct. BIFM's mission is to advance the facilities management profession, which includes building an effective relationship with the British government and other stakeholders and enabling continuing professional development. BIFM is a founding member of Global FM.
Membership benefits include professional recognition, networking opportunities, access to knowledge resources, and more. The Web site offers industry and training Events; the FM World and additional online Jobs listing; a Knowledge section with extensive research, articles, and other resources; Career Development with qualifications and credentials; and member information.
Credentials: The BIFM Qualification recognizes professional practice in facilities management at the first-degree level. BIFM also offers the examination leading to the IFMA Certified Facility Manager (CFM) Credential through its partnership agreement with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). This is designed for mid-career professionals or mid-level managers, working in or planning to work in an international role or environment.
Career Development Resources: The BIFM Annual Conference takes place in March/April. The Institute publishes its FM World magazine twice monthly, with updates on key FM issues, as well as Good Practice Guides. BIFM also provides an extensive short course training program covering all aspects of managing facilities.
European Facility Management Network (EuroFM) is a network of more than 75 organizations, all focused on facilities management. They are based in more than 15 European countries and represent professional (national) associations, education and research institutes, and corporate organizations. EuroFM's mission is the advancement of knowledge in Facilities Management in Europe and its application in practice, education, and research. Three network groups form the core of EuroFM, initiating a rich mix of activities: the Practice Network Group, the Education Network Group, and the Research Network Group.
EuroFM members are involved in an open exchange of information and experience through meetings, seminars, and workshops; through collaboration in research projects, sometimes funded by EC; and through the development of joint educational programs. Proceedings of these activities are disseminated through the network via the EuroFM Web site, the annual European Facility Management Conference (EFMC), newsletters, research papers, and publications. EuroFM's annual European FM Awards highlight best practice and excellence in European facilities management.
Established in 2009 to define and promote professional FM practice, FMANZ is New Zealand's not-for-profit national membership association for the FM profession. FMANZ is a rapidly growing, collaborative network of FM professionals, defining and implementing the best practices of facilities management. The organization seeks to foster enhancement of the quality, sustainability, and effectiveness of the work environment by furthering the understanding of FM professionals in their value-adding role for organizations that directly or indirectly maintain or control real estate and facilities.
FMANZ promotes sustainable design to reduce negative environmental impact and is actively working with the New Zealand Green Building Council to promote green building practices in New Zealand. In keeping with the objectives of FMANZ to promote professional Facilities Management practice, a framework has been developed that will enable the professional competencies and qualifications of its members to be recognized. This framework also sets out the requirements for continuing professional development. FMANZ is a Correspondent Member of GlobalFM.
Education and Events: FMANZ Professional Education programs provide professional development for facilities managers at all levels of experience. A combination of cutting-edge seminars, forums and conferences offer valuable learning opportunities and resources essential for maintaining professional excellence.
The Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA Australia) serves to further the objectives of facilities managers and the facilities management industry in Australia, through the provision of member benefits and services, professional development, and advocacy. Founded in 1989, FMA Australia represents professionals involved in the strategic and operational management of facilities for both public and private sector organizations throughout Australia, as well as those professionals who support the industry through the provision of products and services.
The organization represents the interests of the FM industry to government and regulatory bodies; encourages the development of university courses in facilities management; and promotes the facility management profession to senior management, the media, and others. Special Interest Groups are offered for members. FMA Australia is a founding member of Global FM.
Accreditation: FMA Australia's Facility Management Accreditation System (FMAS) provides facilities professionals with industry recognition of their skills, experience, and knowledge. The FMAS recognizes three levels of Accredited Facility Manager (AFM): AFM1 (Practice), AFM2 (Manage), and AFM3 (Lead), according to the candidate's level of experience.
Professional Development resources include: the annual national ideaction conference; networking events; professional development courses and seminars; FMA Online monthly e-newsletter; Facility Perspectives magazine produced in conjuction with Executive Media; the annual FMA Australia Salary Survey presented in conjunction with Hays Facility Management; and other FMA publications such as research papers, practical guides, and conference presentations.
fmpro: Schweizerischer Verband für Facility Management und Maintenance
In May 2010 the Swiss associations FM Schweiz ("Facility Management Switzerland") and MFS ("Maintenance and Facility Management Society of Switzerland") merged under the new industry umbrella organization fmpro (Schweizerischer Verband für Facility Management und Maintenance, or "Swiss Association for Facility Management and Maintenance"). As a result, fmpro is now reportedly the largest professional organization in Switzerland in the field of facilities management and industrial maintenance.
The industry and trade association's goal is to raise public awareness of the growing FM industry and its large sphere of activity, and to ensure effective levels of service are implemented and sustained. Its members are qualified professionals and companies from the facilities management and maintenance fields. The association represents the interests of its members in all parts of the country and in every industrial sector. fmpro offers a technical and association journal highlighting current professional issues, periodic newsletters with the latest FM information, and association publications. The Web site provides a Members Forum, calendar, job listings, news and more.
Education: fmpro advocates the ongoing training of its members and holds regular training events. The organization's training program covers the broad spectrum of maintenance and facilities management. fmpro conducts professional and higher technical examinations on behalf of the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology.
Founded in 1989, the German Facility Management Association (GEFMA) or Deutscher Verband für Facility Management e.V., is the German network for executives in facilities management. With more than 600 members GEFMA represents leading companies providing full services, commercial, technical, and infrastructural services, real estate management, consulting and financial services, as well as IT Services. In-house FMs as customers, investors, property owners, and increasingly the public sector, are also part of the association.
The main objectives of GEFMA are: to promote the facilities management profession in various venues and the media; to offer networking and support opportunities; to support FM training and research, including awarding annual GEFMA FM Degree Thesis Awards; to publish guidelines (quality standards) to simplify the German FM industry and safeguard quality; to cooperate nationally and internationally with FM organizations; and to advocate for FM in the government. The organization is working with TÜV Rheinland Group for FM certification (FM-Excellence) aimed at more transparency and reliability.
The Global Facilities Management Association (Global FM) is a worldwide federation of member-centered organizations committed to providing leadership in the advancement of the facilities management profession. Founded in 2006, the organization is based in Brussels, Belgium. The Web site explains the FM profession and offers a calendar, a resource center, and information on World FM Day.
The Hong Kong Institute of Facility Management
The Hong Kong Institute of Facility Management (HKIFM) is a nonprofit organization formed in 2000 to promote facilities management as one of the leading disciplines and professions in the management of built assets and facilities in Hong Kong. HKIFM provides the opportunity for practitioners from different professional backgrounds to acquire a recognized professional FM qualification. In collaboration with FM organizations worldwide, HKIFM offers training for facilities managers, helps maintain a professional standard, and promotes FM techniques and know-how in the region. The Web site offers a newsletter, training, research and publications, and Jobnet career center.
Hungarian Facility Management Society (HFMS)
Founded in 2005, the Hungarian Facility Management Society (HFMS) is an umbrella organization for the FM profession in Hungary. The mission of the HFMS is to integrate the representatives of two closely related professions—property management and facilities management—and to represent their interests and promote their professional development. The goals of the Society include facilitating the development of facilities management—as a business area of strategic importance—both in Hungary and on an international level; promoting world-class professional excellence in the Hungarian FM profession; regulation of Hungarian FM activities; scientific research; training; effective protection of the environment; and representing the professional and economic interests of its members. HFMS is a member of GlobalFM.
Standardization: The Society works with the Hungarian Standards Institution (MSZT) and, through MSZT, with the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) to help set national and European standards for property and facilities management. In addition, HFMS develops and publishes its own professional guidelines, standards, and recommendations aligned to international benchmarks.
The Society offers training courses; study tours to Western European countries; an annual quality award called HFMS AWARD; technical/professional support for members; an online Buyer's Directory and job listing; its Facility Management journal; and an online technical library.
Established in 1987, the Japan Facility Management Association (JFMA) promotes the FM industry in Japan and the skills development of facilities managers. JFMA provides FM-related information through its journal and publications, the Internet, and FM conferences and seminars. JFMA regularly conducts research and study programs; sends an annual mission to the US to study the latest FM trends; collaborates with both domestic and international FM-related organizations; continuously gathers data for its Benchmark Study Results Reports; and conducts an annual FM international conference for information exchange and networking.
Certification: JFMA conducts examinations and provides Facility Manager Certification Japan (CFMJ) certifications to qualified professionals. Partnering with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), JFMA also implements the cross certification system for Facility Manager Certification (CFM).
Middle East Facility Management Association
Initiated by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), MEFMA is a nonprofit professional body aimed at unifying the FM industry in the Middle East. The association conducts research, provides educational programs, and assists corporate and organizational firms in developing sustainable FM strategies. MEFMA provides a dedicated platform for FM professionals, wider construction industry stakeholders and building owners/occupiers across the Middle East. The MEFMA Web site offers access to its newsletters, events calendar and training courses as well as a Members Area with database access, members list, case studies and features, reports and studies, and recruitment portal. MEFMA is a Correspondent Member of Global FM.
Education and Events: MEFMA provides accredited FM training courses. The organization also reaches out to members and governments across the Middle East with association conferences, open days and networking events aim to help shape a sustainable built environment to further socio-economic development now and for future generations.
Property Institute of New Zealand
The Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ) was launched in 2000 by members of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers (NZIV), the Institute of Plant & Machinery Valuers (IPMV), and the Property & Land Economy Institute of New Zealand (PLEINZ). The Institute has a membership of some 3000 key property professionals, who provide services in a number of property-related areas, including: property management, consultancy, development, and valuation; facilities management; plant and machinery valuation; financial analysis; real estate sales and leasing; project management; and others. The Institute provides strategic planning, promotes property-related interests, provides education and publications, lobbies for law reform, and encourages networking.
The South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) supports, represents, and advances the cause and interests of the South African FM community. SAFMA's mission is to be a self-sustaining body recognized locally and internationally for its meaningful role in facilitating recognition of the South African FM community. Membership of SAFMA is available to individuals in the facilities management field and service providers related to the FM industry or profession, such as property owners, suppliers, architects, and engineers. SAFMA is a full member of GlobalFM.
SAFMA facilitates skills development; creates a home for the South African FM industry regarding knowledge and direction; offers networking opportunities; arranges contacts for members traveling abroad and hosts for international visitors; maintains working relationships with government at all levels; publishes e-mail newsletters, special bulletins, and an FM magazine; and periodically publishes facilities-related benchmark surveys and research.