For decades, FM professionals have been restrictively classified as tactical support due in large part to the lack of global uniformity in how the FM industry defined and measured itself. By eliminating fragmentation, we are building a stronger, more impactful international FM community, unified by a common professional language, even when they speak different languages. The IFMA-RICS Collaboration, launched in April this year, is making ground-breaking strides in driving professional recognition in the FM sector. To learn more about the united career map and how it is energizing careers in FM, visit http://define.fm . Note to Editors: The annual IFMA World Workplace event takes place from 5 7 October 2016 in San Diego, California, USA. visit siteFor more on the collaboration read: IFMA and RICS: Driving professional recognition in FM by Sean Tompkins About IFMA IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in 104 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (133 chapters), industry (14 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management, conducts research, provides educational programs, content and resources, and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the association’s LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or www.ifma.org .
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