List of Facilities Management Professional Organizations

For the seasoned facility manager and the FM just starting and learning the ropes, there is a lot of responsibility that comes with that title. Facilities management professional organizations provide tools that are necessary to excel in this field. They come in many shapes and sizes, and each offers unique benefits and services.  While predictive analytics can help with refining strategy, they are no replacement for the knowledge and resources provided by these leading organizations. And it is essential to understand the impact this kind of FM setup can have on individual companies and businesses within the industry and the great benefits. Highlighted here are some of the top critical and essential organizations that all facility managers within this industry need to know.

International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

Known and respected by many in the industry, IFMA sets most of the industry's highest measures and precedents when it comes to essentials such as training, education, and service. As a leader among facilities management professional organizations, IFMA can provide a wide range of professional development curricula and boast a closely connected community network that stretches around the globe. IFMA also puts out regular publications, including a magazine, newsletters, briefs, case studies, press releases, and books. Hence, its members are always up to date on the newest technology and applications within the industry.

Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) 

Much like its sister organization, IWFM mirrors much of the protocols and processes outlined by IFMA. On its merit, IWFM provides a spectacular resource for data and insights derived from surveys, polls, and papers that have been corroborated and gathered from unbiased sources. Members obtain access to the latest technology, innovations, data tracking, team management services, outsourcing opportunities, and more. As one of the leading facilities management professional organizations, they provide continuing education and certification opportunities for U.K. facility professionals.

 Global Facility Management Association (Global FM) 

The leading goal of all facilities management professional organizations is to strengthen the tool and skill set available to FMs within the industry. The organization hosts special events that bring together facility professionals from around the world. Global FM advocates on behalf of industry professionals and help to coordinate with other organizations around the globe. There is a rich legacy of cooperation with other FM organizations, including IFMA and IWFM. Global FM strives to exemplify the very best within the industry and encourages members to uphold the high quality of standards.

Facilities Management Institute (FMI) 

This organization is a unique one as it is the only government-affiliated organization featured here, and it is one of only a few that are linked with the U.S. General Services Admission (GSA). The FMI oversees the evolving standards for the facilities management professional organizations’ career track and training regiment. Its mission is to advocate for and assist with the development of the facilities management profession in public sectors and the private sectors. It’s an organization focused primarily on training and education to prepare facility management departments for the future. 

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) 

This industry organization goes beyond facilities management professional organizations specifically, and instead focuses on the many different facets of commercial real estate (CRE). BOMA is made up of an extensive range of members. It has a vast global following that makes it easy for professionals to see real-world examples of successful management and integration. They take a member lead approach to training and education and use a real-world practice to instruct and teach. Members obtain access to the finest collection of resources available as well as skilled and experienced FMs.

Know the Impact of Facilities Management Professional Organizations on the Market to Thrive

Facilities management is evolving. And knowing the top organizations of leadership can help individual departments succeed. According to PRNewswire, "Based on end-user, the commercial segment accounted for the highest market share of the global facility management services market, accounting for nearly one-third of the total share in 2019, and is projected to continue the dominance throughout the forecast period. Moreover, the commercial segment is expected to witness the highest CAGR of 8.2% during the forecast period." This rise and surge are believed to be directly related to increased industry-related activities in residential and non-residential sectors. In these uncertain times, as the world as a whole tries to readjust to a new normal, facilities management professional organizations are going to be more vital than ever. Learn how to become a leader by also contacting Cushman and Wakefield’s Facilities Solutions online now.


J Glasglow, MCR

J Glasglow, MCR

As Senior Vice President of Solutions Development for Cushman & Wakefield Global Occupier Services, J Glasgow partners with corporate occupiers of real estate to develop integrated real estate, facility, project and operational management programs designed to improve processes, manage risk while significantly reducing total cost of occupancy. J’s background includes more than 20 years of experience in diverse commercial and corporate real estate disciplines such as, account leadership, and management, facility and operational planning, project management and strategic portfolio optimization. J has advised global clients from a broad range of market sectors encompassing financial, insurance, healthcare, bio-science, engineering, and consumer goods companies that encompass, office, industrial and manufacturing portfolios. With a diverse background in corporate real estate planning, facility management and project management, J has leveraged savings for his clients of over $313 million dollars while aligning with their overall business strategy and mission.