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  • Facility management is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.
  • IFMA Research Report # 24, Profiles 2003, Shari Epstein
  • Educational requirements for these managers vary widely, depending on the size and complexity of the organization. In small organizations, experience may be the only requirement needed to enter a position. Managers of highly complex services, such as contract administration, generally need at least a bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, or finance. Regardless of major, the curriculum should include courses in office technology, accounting, business mathematics, computer applications, human resources, and business law. Most facility managers have an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering, architecture, construction management, business administration, or facility management. Many have a background in real estate, construction, or interior design, in addition to managerial experience.
  • IFMA recognized degree programs in FM. Many FM degree programs exist across the country. Featured here are FM students at a recent IFMA conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Facility managers work in a wide variety of settings, which means that they must be knowledgeable about both the organization or business that they serve, as well as skilled in many areas.
  • Persons interested in becoming facility managers should be innovative, entrepreneurial, problem solvers, and good business people. Should have good communication skills and be able to establish effective working relationships with many different people, ranging from managers, supervisors, and professionals, to clerks and blue-collar workers. They should be analytical, detail-oriented, flexible, and decisive. They must also be able to coordinate several activities at once, quickly analyze and resolve specific problems, and cope with deadlines.
  • Identified by IFMA, these competency areas were established for FM practice to asses competence.
  • Finally, becoming certified in any profession is important. For example, the CFM offered by the International Facility Management Association can give prospective candidates an advantage in the job market. CFM Certified Facility Manager Only global facility management certification available Competency-based credential for professionals with 3-8 years experience
  • You can join IFMA online at www.ifma.org or we have copies of the membership application here today.
  • The IFMA Foundation is a 501C3 not-for-profit organization. The Foundation also provides FMpedia – avaible on the Foundation’s Web site. A glossary of facility management terms.
  • Is This Career For You?

    1. 2. Facility Management Is This Career For You…?
    2. 3. What Is Facility Management? <ul><li>Facility management is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology. </li></ul>
    3. 4. Typical Facility Managers… <ul><li>14 years experience in FM field </li></ul><ul><li>49 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Manages more than 1 million square feet, 73% of which is office space </li></ul><ul><li>Has one level of supervisors reporting to him with a staff of 1-5 </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple responsibilities ranging from finance, real estate, technology, engineering, construction </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor’s degree </li></ul><ul><li>$86,000 a year in salary </li></ul>
    4. 5. Educational Requirements <ul><li>Varies depending upon size of the organization </li></ul><ul><li>Managerial Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Experience in real estate, construction or interior design </li></ul><ul><li>Courses in business, technology, human resources, business law and accounting </li></ul><ul><li>Degree in business, human resources, finance, engineering, architecture, construction management, business administration or facility management </li></ul>
    5. 6. Accredited Degree Programs Brigham Young University Conestoga College Cornell University Ferris State University Georgia Tech Wentworth Institute of Technology
    6. 7. Typical Work Settings <ul><li>Professional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accounting/Law/Real Estate/Engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Banking and Financial </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Energy-related </li></ul><ul><li>Health care </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunications </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Trade </li></ul><ul><li>Hotel or hospitality </li></ul><ul><li>Educational institutes </li></ul>
    7. 8. FM Skills For Success <ul><li>Innovative, entrepreneurial, problem solvers, and good business people </li></ul><ul><li>Possess good communication skills and able to establish effective working relationships with many different people </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical, detail-oriented, flexible and </li></ul><ul><li>decisive </li></ul><ul><li>Capable of coordinating several activities </li></ul><ul><li>at once </li></ul><ul><li>Can analyze and resolve specific problems and cope with deadlines </li></ul>
    8. 9. Essential FM Competencies <ul><li>Financial practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Budgeting, financial planning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project management </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Real estate planning and management </li></ul><ul><li>Human and environmental factors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practices that involve health, safety, and welfare of employees in the work environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Operations and Maintenance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Building structure, systems, interiors and grounds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Assessment and Innovation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Measuring for improvement and growth </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. Facility Management Certification <ul><li>CFM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certified Facility Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only global facility management certification available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competency-based credential for professionals with 3-8 years experience </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. FMP <ul><li>The Business of FM Course </li></ul><ul><li>Operations and Maintenance Competency Course </li></ul><ul><li>Planning and Project Management Competency Course </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership and Management Competency Course </li></ul><ul><li>Application Fee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional/Associate members US$125 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young Professional member US$99 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non members US$199 </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. International Facility Management Association (IFMA) <ul><li>IFMA is the largest and most widely recognized professional association for facility management, supporting approximately 19,000 members. </li></ul><ul><li>The Association’s members are represented in 125 chapters, 16 councils in 75 countries worldwide. </li></ul><ul><li>Globally, IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs, recognizes facility management degree and certificate programs and produces World Workplace, the largest facility management-related conference and exposition. </li></ul>
    12. 13. What does IFMA do? <ul><ul><li>certifies facility managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>conducts research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provides learning and networking opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recognizes facility management degree and certificate programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>produces World Workplace, the largest facility management-related conference and exposition. </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. IFMA Opportunities <ul><li>Membership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chapter membership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Council membership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community membership </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facility Management Journal (online and printed) </li></ul><ul><li>IFMA Insider (e-newsletter) </li></ul><ul><li>The Wire (e-newsletter) </li></ul><ul><li>JOBnet (online) </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CFM & FMP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online and face to face learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conferences and expositions </li></ul>
    14. 15. Opportunities and benefits <ul><li>Legal and regulatory reporting and advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Member resource center </li></ul><ul><li>Advancing FM degree and certificate programs </li></ul><ul><li>Web site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Downloadable research reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Bookstore </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Members only area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Searchable Membership Directory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FMJ archives </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 16. <ul><li>The single most important conference for the FM profession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6000 attendees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70 sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11 tracks, three knowledge levels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>www.worldworkplace.org </li></ul><ul><li>IFMA’s World Workplace is the first buying show of 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>400 exhibitors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>First look at the latest facility-related products and services. </li></ul>
    16. 18. Membership <ul><li>19,000+ members in 75 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with a chapter, council or community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best practice sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership and volunteer opportunities </li></ul></ul>
    17. 19. Chapter Membership <ul><li>Provides in-person learning and networking opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational, networking, facility tours and social events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locally-oriented newsletters and web sites </li></ul></ul>
    18. 20. <ul><li>The IFMA Foundation works for the public good to promote </li></ul><ul><li>priority research and educational opportunities for the </li></ul><ul><li>advancement of facility management. The IFMA </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation is supported by the generosity of the FM </li></ul><ul><li>community including IFMA members, chapters, councils, </li></ul><ul><li>corporate sponsors and private contributors who share the </li></ul><ul><li>belief that education and research improve the FM </li></ul><ul><li>profession. </li></ul>

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