The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) was founded in 1993. As a provider of information, education, training, and networking services for over 12,000 members – both individual professionals and organizations, it is is considered by many to be the “natural home” of facilities management in the UK.
After several years of evaluation, BIFM has made a move to ensure its professional qualifications are the preferred choice for facilities managers. BIFM recognized the shortcomings of its existing education structure and worked closely with individual members, employers, asset skills, and other stakeholders to develop a new suite of FM qualifications. In December 2008, the BIFM Board formally approved the new suite of FM qualifications which will be submitted for accreditation in the first quarter of this year.
The main goal of the new credentials will be to provide more flexibility and greater recognition for individual achievement, thereby encouraging take-up and accelerating the “professionalization” of facilities management. Importantly, the new qualifications are “standalone,” and candidates can enter at any point in the structure.
Valerie Everitt, BIFM’s director of professional standards and education, said: “I am delighted with the progress BIFM has made towards implementing its education strategy. The new FM qualifications to be introduced in 2010 will help to ensure that employers have the right skills to support the success of their business. As the majority of those studying for qualifications do so while holding down a full time job, the framework of core and optional units will also provide a more accessible way of gaining a step up the career ladder.”