IFMA Membership Benefits
How does membership in IFMA benefit me?
- Increased opportunities to broaden skills and knowledge in all FM-related areas
- Networking with professionals regionally and globally
- Access to IFMA research reports, publications and conferences
- Participation in chapters and councils, offering both personal and professional growth
IFMA is the most direct channel of communication between you and the FM world. For information about IFMA membership, please contact: email@example.com or at +1-713-623-4362
Professional Development Seminars
Designed to meet the educational needs of facility managers, IFMA’s competency-based curriculum address tasks and projects FMs perform daily. Instructors teach not only the principles of facility management, but also how they operate in the real world. Additionally, many local chapters hold workshops or seminars throughout the year.
Self Study Courses
Self-study programs are designed for convenience and self-paced learning. Workbooks and audio-tape sessions enable the busy facility professional to obtain specialized instruction from the home or office. The programs are offered by IFMA and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers). CEUs and CFM points are awarded for course completion.
The certification process is designed to assess competence in the field through work experience, education and the ability to pass a comprehensive exam. Since the program began in 1992, IFMA has certified almost 3,000 individuals. Demand for this valuable designation continues to grow. The Certified Facility Manager (CFM) examination has been localized for many countries and is available in several languages.
CFM Exam Review
The definitive course of preparation for IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager Exam, this review is designed to assist facility professionals seeking certification in updating and assessing knowledge and skills related to each competency, in order to successfully complete the exam and earn this prestigious designation. Check the IFMA Calendar for dates and locations.
IFMA has developed standards to recognize quality FM first-professional degree programs at colleges and universities. The program initiative was designed to recognize and encourage the strengthening of current, valid FM education degrees and assist in the development of new FM degree programs.
IFMA identifies trends, applications and procedures enabling facility professionals to anticipate future FM challenges and directions.
IFMA holds forums in which facility professionals can discuss best practices. These forums allow FMs to share success stories and compare their work practices against the best in the industry.
Legal and Regulatory Reporting
As part of IFMA’s mission to lead and sustain facility management as a profession, the Association delivers up-to-date reports on legal and regulatory issues affecting the industry.
IFMA Membership Directory
Available only to IFMA members, this valuable resource contains the name, title, organization, address, phone number and, if available, fax number and e-mail address of every Association member. The online directory is available through IFMAnet.
Facility Management Journal
Members receive bimonthly issues of Facility Management Journal, the single best source of FM information. Published by IFMA, FMJ is written specifically for professionals who are concerned with developing and maintaining productive workplaces. Each issue provides readers with trends, cutting-edge developments and industry news, along with practical applications and solutions for a range of facility-related subjects.
Members receive IFMA’s monthly newsletter, brimming with information on Association activities, research projects, chapter and council news, calendar of events, facility spotlight and a variety of topics currently affecting facility management.
To help FMs develop strategies for increasing effectiveness and productivity in the workplace, IFMA has gathered the most up-to-date collection of publications and reports available in the industry. In the Online Store, buyers can find resources to help them conserve energy, manage disasters, prepare for the Certified Facility Manager (CFM) exam, prevent workplace violence, promote a healthy and safe work environment and much more.
IFMA Web site
The Web site provides quick and easy access to facility-related information and services. It is the best way for the Association to distribute information on current facility management issues, as well as communicate what IFMA can do for its members.
Members have exclusive access to resources and services on a members-only area of the IFMA Web site. IFMAnet features FMJ; IFMA News; IFMA’s Membership Directory; chapter and council tools; Facts & Figures newsletter; membership activity reports; and forums on facility management.
JOBnet, the Association’s online job referral service, helps match qualified job hunters with suitable employment opportunities. Instant access benefits both the employer and the job candidate. Job searches and resume postings are free of charge to IFMA members.
Local chapters offer membership a wealth of educational and networking opportunities. Currently there are 129 IFMA chapters and affiliated organizations worldwide. Chapters give members a chance to network with local professionals who share common goals and interests.
IFMA councils are special-interest groups reflecting the diverse types of facilities and job responsibilities represented by IFMA members. Organized by industry-specific or specialty-area focus groups, councils direct their own programs, which are structured to meet the needs of their membership.
IFMA’s annual Leadership Conference serves as a forum for members to exchange ideas about Association-related issues and leadership ideas. Sessions provide attendees with valuable insight to use within their respective leadership roles.
IFMA’s World Workplace-North America
World Workplace-North America is the Association’s signature event, featuring educational programs, extensive networking opportunities and an all-encompassing exposition of products and services relevant to facility management.
IFMA’s World Workplace-Europe
The World Workplace-Europe is the largest facility management conference in Europe. It focuses on the educational needs of IFMA’s global membership.
This annual event is a joint endeavor between IFMA and the Japanese Facility Management Promotion Association (JFMA). Top speakers from around the world address a wide range of issues facing facility management in that region.
Additional membership benefits include:
- Discounts on seminars, events and online courses
- Merchandise discounts
- Opportunities to participate as an exhibitor, sponsor or speaker at IFMA events
- Opportunities to submit articles to Facility Management Journal
Opportunities to be recognized through IFMA’s Awards of Excellence program, honoring facility professionals, Associate members, educators, chapters and councils whose vision and accomplishments are extraordinary