IFMA-RICS Collaboration - Define FM!

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IFMA and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a global not-for-profit professional body representing the land, real estate, construction and infrastructure sectors, have announced a landmark collaboration which promises to transform the US$1 trillion global FM industry.

As established leaders offering extensive resources to practitioners across the built environment, IFMA and RICS recognize the need for increased facility management representation within the wider building and infrastructure industries. This collaboration will harness the FM-related efforts of both organizations to foster a more inclusive, robust global knowledge-sharing community and advance the visibility and prominence of FM worldwide.

Both organizations will continue to exist as separate entities, but will benefit by leveraging collective resources in areas such as research, conferences and events, and external relations. The collaboration will align IFMA credentials and RICS qualifications to shape a single FM career map with demonstrable professional status which is recognized and respected globally.

The collaboration was officially announced ​at IFMA’s Facility Fusion 2016 Conference and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, on April 12, 2016. 

Watch this space for additional information ​to be shared as the collaboration develops.


Raise the profile and standing of FM professionals globally

Foster a more inclusive, robust global FM knowledge-sharing community

Advance the visibility and prominence of FM worldwide

Create a one-stop shop for FM professional development needs and a clear route for entry into and advancement in the FM discipline

Learn more

View the press release​ »

IFMA-RICS ​collaboration ​information sheet »

IFMA-RICS collaboration frequently asked questions »

Collaboration announcement and commentary from IFMA chair and CEO (as featured in the May/June issue of IFMA's FMJ magazine) »

​2016 timeline

April 12: Initial announcement

April 19-20: IFMA and RICS workstream team meetings in Houston, Texas, USA, to evaluate areas of opportunity and discuss next steps

May-June: Continued collaboration meetings among workstream teams with focus on ​professional advancement, events and knowledge sharing

July: FM Leaders’ Forum in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to gather input on initial direction

August-September: Incorporate market insights to refine strategy

Oct. 5-7: Public release of alignment plan for IFMA credentials and RICS qualifications in conjunction with World Workplace Conference and Expo in San Diego, California, USA 

How you can get involved

Continue to socialize news of the collaboration among the FM community

Share questions, thoughts and suggestions on what you’d like to see as a result of the collaboration with IFMA at

Provide testimonials on how you anticipate this collaboration will help meet the needs of the FM industry by contacting


For more information, please contact

23rd January 2017, 8 a.m.