Founded in 1980, IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 23,000 members in more than 100 countries. The association’s members, represented in 142 chapters and 16 industry-specific councils worldwide, manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs, recognizes facility management certificate programs and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition.
IFMA is a not-for-profit, incorporated association dedicated to promoting excellence in the management of facilities. Globally, IFMA spots trend, conducts research, provides educational programs, and assists corporate and organizational facility managers in developing strategies to manage human, facility and real estate resources.
What is Facility Management?
It is the practice of coordinating the physical workplace with the people and work of the organization. It integrates principles of business administration, architecture and the behavioral and engineering sciences. Although the facility management profession has been in existence since the evolution of the office, only in the past decade has it received worldwide recognition. Business entities have come to realize that maintaining a well-managed and highly efficient facility is critical to success. Trends toward new technologies, environmental consciousness and health concerns also have had a major impact on the importance and need for these professionals in an organization.