Member 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

How does membership in IFMA benefit my company?

  • Increased efficiency and productivity in its facility management team
  • Ability to identify strengths and weaknesses through benchmarking studies
  • Reduced liability risks by keeping staff informed of important issues and legislation affecting the workplace
  • Access to state-of-the-art, cost-effective product and service solutions to meet your diverse workplace needs

IFMA is the most direct channel of communication between you and the FM world.

Education

Professional Development Seminars
Designed to meet the educational needs of facility managers, IFMA's competency-based curriculum address tasks and projects FMs perform daily. 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.

Certification
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.

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.

Recognized Programs
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.

Information

Business Research
IFMA identifies trends, applications and procedures enabling facility professionals to anticipate future FM challenges and directions.

Best Practices
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. 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.

IFMA News
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.

Publications
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.

Interaction

Chapters
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.

Councils
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.

Leadership Development
IFMA's annual Leadership Conference serves as a forum for members to exchange ideas about Association-related issues and leadership ideas.

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.