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BIFM launches Facilities Management Professional Standards

Published 28th March, 2014 by Neil Nixon

BIFM launches Facilities Management Professional Standards

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has announced the launch of the Facilities Management Professional Standards. Created in consultation with FM industry stakeholders, experts and professional standards writers, the standards form a global competence model for the profession.

The BIFM Facilities Management Professional Standards clearly define the key functions performed by FMs, the main components of each functional area, and the competences which are required to be a proficient professional when carrying out each function. The competences are defined for each level in an FM's career, from a support role through to a strategic role. These standards can be used to benchmark skills, knowledge and competence for those working at all levels in the FM profession.

The FM Professional Standards will be a vital tool for:

• FM professionals (at any career level) - to understand what is required in the role, where he/she can develop skills and knowledge to enhance performance and advance their own career.
• Employers of FM staff - to better understand the skills and capability they can expect from FM teams. The FM Professional Standards can be used to identify capability gaps and aid workforce planning to identify purposeful training and professional development needs as well as assist with FM recruitment.
• Learning and development professionals - to identify development needs aligned to the FM Professional Standards. They can also use the FM Professional Standards to inform learner assessment processes and tools.
• New entrants to the profession - school leavers, career changers, anyone considering a career in FM - to identify the types of roles and responsibilities involved in FM and the skills and knowledge requirements.

Linda Punter, head of learning and development at Bouygues, said: “These standards not only help individuals who want to achieve a professional FM qualification, but they also provide a framework that enables us to: recruit against clearly defined competences and skill-sets; develop career pathways and succession plans for all members of the workforce, from new entrants to the profession right through to strategic FMs; support individuals in creating professional development plans and in monitoring their continuing professional development activities; and carry out a gap analysis and generate training plans that add value for all stakeholders, developing a skilled and motivated workforce ready for the challenges of tomorrow. The creation of these standards further demonstrates BIFM's mission to be the professional body responsible for promoting excellence in facilities management for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society. As a company committed to excellence, I am sure that we will find them invaluable.”

Gareth Tancred, BIFM CEO, said: “Ensuring that we have a proficient, qualified and skilled workforce is essential to driving up standards across the profession. Our work with stakeholders to develop these standards means that we now have a robust set of professional standards by which professionals and employers alike can benchmark themselves against. Professionalisation of facilities management is needed to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of the discipline to business. Organisations and business leaders now have a framework with which they can ensure they are fully utilising the management discipline of FM.”

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