About Us

Founded in 1980, IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting more than 23,500 members in 94 countries.

The association’s members, represented in 130 chapters and 17 councils worldwide, manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services. 

To meet its mission to “advance the facility management profession by providing exceptional services, products, resources and opportunities,” on an annual basis IFMA.


What is Facilities Management?

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

In 2009, a global job task analysis (GJTA) defined 11 core competencies. The GJTA included responses from facility managers in 62 countries. It is the most comprehensive to date and the first truly global survey and analysis. The core competencies are: 

Communication Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Finance and Business Human Factors Leadership and Strategy Operations and Maintenance Project Management Quality Real Estate and Property Management Technology.


Fast Facts and Figures


To serve as the ultimate resource and representative for facility management professionals and to be the leader in promoting excellence in management of the work environment.


To advance the facility management profession by providing exceptional services, products, resources and opportunities.


Year founded and location: 1980 in Ann Arbor, Mich., USA, as National Facility Management Association
Name changed: 1982
Members: 22,659
Chapters: 129
Councils: 16
Countries Represented: 97
Certified Facility Managers (CFM): 3,106
Facility Management Professionals (FMP): 3,432
Sustainability Facility Professionals (SFP): 202
Annual purchasing power: US$100 billion (for combined membership)

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