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The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management (FM) professionals, supporting 24,000 members in 104 countries. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management, conducts research, and provides educational programs, content resources, networking and conferences.

RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is a global professional body. Founded in 1868 RICS accredits 125,000 professionals in 148 countries, promoting and enforcing the highest professional standards in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Incorporated by a Royal Charter, RICS promotes the public advantage and promises consistent delivery of professional standards – bringing confidence to global markets. There is global demand for RICS qualifications underpinned by ethical principles and independent regulation


The IFMA-RICS collaboration represents the most significant evolution in the history of facility management, providing an unprecedented level of industry support to meet the growing demands of the 25 million FM practitioners around the world.

Why IFMA and RICS?
The strength of IFMA in the FM sector complements that of RICS in the wider built environment. By extending its global reach in FM, RICS can support the establishment of FM as an attractive career option for the next generation and, together with IFMA, provide a talent path to drive best practices around the world. Leveraging RICS’ focus on standards serves a unique fit for IFMA to unify strategy across the life cycle of the built environment, helping facility managers get a seat at the table earlier and more often.


The IFMA-RICS collaboration Is:

  • Aligning standards and professional development for the FM industry.
  • Uniting the global FM community to increase consistency and unification of strategy across the life cycle of
  • the built environment.
  • Offering a single suite of professional qualifications in facility management.
  • Providing global recognition for FMs of all educational backgrounds, skills, work experiences and career goals.
  • Raising the profile of FM, giving a greater voice and increased status to the profession.
  • Shaping the future of the built environment and enabling business success.


  • A single, easy-to-use website offering the complete IFMA-RICS suite of credentials and professional qualifications, as well as additional facility management training materials
  • Offers convenient access to a robust catalogue of FM education and online learning resources
  • Supports earning of IFMA continuing education units, CFM® maintenance points and RICS continuing professional development
  • Includes introductory through advanced content on a range of FM topics
  • Features a mix of formats, such as on-demand recordings, instructor-led web classes and extended online learning programs


IFMA and RICS offer educational and networking events for facility management practitioners worldwide.

In addition to summits, leaders forums and other face-to-face events, IFMA and RICS are collaborating to produce World Workplace, the world’s largest series of facility management conferences and expositions.

World Workplace China Conference and Expo
Shanghai, China
Sept. 14-15, 2017

World Workplace Conference and Expo
Houston, Texas, USA
Oct. 18-20, 2017

World Workplace Europe Conference and Expo
Barcelona, Spain
May 29-30, 2018


IFMA and RICS are collaborating to deliver content on all topics related to the built environment to help professionals stay current on industry trends and insights.

FM Research and Benchmarking Institute IFMA and RICS are developing key research resources to eliminate limitations and gaps in market insight for the FM industry. These efforts will consist of new IFMA-RICS joint research reports, benchmarking projects, FM toolkits and more to meet the heightened demands of the sector.

Knowledge Library A comprehensive online collection of FM content resources, such as articles, white papers, research, case studies, how-to videos, podcasts, scopes of work and more. Content published in the Knowledge Library is sourced from both IFMA and RICS and is reviewed by industry-leading professionals to ensure the highest standards of quality and relevance.

Publications IFMA and RICS are identifying opportunities to share content among their existing publications — such as magazines, journals, newsletters and blogs — to increase the availability and visibility of FM knowledge.

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