The development of this credential has been globally comprehensive and focused on quality and pushing the profession forward
Houston, TX (Vocus) October 6, 2010
The International Facility Management Association is pleased to announce the rollout of its revamped Facility Management Professional credential. Originally developed in 2004, the FMP® is an assessment-based certificate program, the completion of which demonstrates a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management. Currently, there are more than 1,800 FMPs throughout the world.
Facility management is a profession encompassing multiple disciplines to ensure the functionality of the built environment. Being proficient in this field requires individuals to have a broad range of knowledge and skills. In 2009, IFMA conducted a global job task analysis to better define the knowledge and skill sets required of facility professionals. An international survey of the industry was taken, asking respondents in 63 countries for the key responsibilities and challenges that defined their profession.
The enhanced FMP credential is the result of this analysis. The designation is now comprised of 11 core competencies, up from the previous nine. The four courses making up the FMP program are also more robust, having been refocused by subject matter expert content providers. The program now includes a course entitled “Finance and Business Essentials” to help facility professionals embrace the business aspect of the profession, better connect with the C-suite and add value to their organizations.
“The development of this credential has been globally comprehensive and focused on quality and pushing the profession forward,” said Catherine Pavick, IFMA’s vice president of education. “The content of the enhanced FMP was driven by the industry itself, as defined by practicing FMs. We’ve designed these courses in a way that will allow us to stay current, relevant and provide updates as needed. Our intent is to be the best and to follow the evolution of the profession.”
The new FMP credential program features comprehensive training available in self-study or instructor-led classroom format. The FMP self-study program is available now, while classroom-based courses will begin in February 2011. Both learning methods feature interactive programming including print and online study tools to provide practical career training and consistent preparation and assessment.
IFMA will formally announce the enhanced FMP credential during a press conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, as part of the association’s World Workplace 2010 Conference & Expo. The press conference will be open to the public.
A complete list of details about the enhanced FMP credential is available online. To learn more about World Workplace 2010, or to register, visit http://www.worldworkplace.org . Members of the media may register at no cost.
IFMA’s World Workplace Conference & Expo is an annual three-day educational and networking event focused on the future of the built environment. Building on the professional development opportunities available through the association year-round, the World Workplace experience includes a conference focused entirely on education and an exposition incorporating product demonstration and instruction. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 27-29, 2010, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit http://www.worldworkplace.org . To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the conference’s NETworkplace page.