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IFMA and RICS enter into strategic partnership

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) have joined forces to offer greater support to the facilities management (FM) industry

The IFMA-RICS strategic partnership is designed to improve industry support and career development opportunities within the field of facilities management (FM).
The IFMA-RICS strategic partnership is designed to improve industry support and career development opportunities within the field of facilities management (FM).

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) have entered into a strategic partnership.

Under the terms of the agreement, the bodies will collaborate to offer improved industry support and career development opportunities within the field of facilities management (FM).

The partners claim that by combining strategic resources, they will able to meet the growing demands of an estimated 25-million practitioners that operate within the $1tn global FM sector.

Commenting on the partnership, Tony Keane, IFMA’s president and CEO, said: “As global thought leaders dedicated to the professionals who support the built environment, IFMA and RICS identified a unique opportunity to team up and fortify existing resources to enhance the outstanding level of service they already provide to professionals and built environment industry.

“The framework of this collaboration will create a less fragmented, more inclusive, and highly regarded global facility management community.

“Whilst there is a growing market demand for facility management skills around the world, currently there is a shortage of professionally qualified practitioners equipped to deliver this service. Our collaboration will establish a clearly defined, single career pathway which will see FM practitioners acquire the leading skills they need to become recognised as preeminent professionals,” he added.

The goals of the IFMA-RICS collaboration include advancement of global knowledge sharing and cohesion within the FM community; expansion of the existing informational and networking infrastructure for members of both organisations; unification of the FM career path through both IFMA and RICS qualifications; incorporation of FM trends and best practices into a more comprehensive picture of the built environment; encouragement of young people to enter the FM sector; and assertion of FM’s strategic value to other businesses.

IFMA and RICS will also work together to align credentials and qualifications to create a single FM career path that is globally recognised.

RICS professionals who have qualified in FM will automatically receive IFMA member benefits. In turn, IFMA members and credential holders will be given the chance to attain RICS professional qualifications and benefit from the body’s professional network.

The agreement will initially leverage both organisations’ existing resources in education, research, conferences and events, and external relations.

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