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What is Facility Management?

Facility management is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.

FM Core Competencies

IFMA conducts a global job task analysis to identify the tasks and work activities needed to competently perform the FM role by interviewing FM professionals from around the world. The core competencies are:

  • Communication
  • Risk Management
  • Sustainability
  • Finance and Business
  • Occupancy and Human Factors
  • Leadership and Strategy
  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Project Management
  • Performance and Quality
  • Real Estate
  • Facility Information Management and Technology Management


Do you need a basic knowledge of facility management? Are you managing new employees who need facility management 101? Then the Essentials of Facility Management Program is for you! 

Essentials of Facility Management is a series of training workshops focusing on basic concepts that describe the field of facility management and how it can be of value to an organization. Entry-level FMs will learn:

  • The facility manager's role including the skill sets, knowledge and abilities required to effectively perform their work.
  • Basic operation and maintenance concepts and practices. 
  • Tactical planning for scheduling and accomplishing daily FM tasks that support the operation of a facility.

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