Professional bodies for facilities managers

Professional bodies for facilities managers

Facilities Managers have a number of professional institutions to choose from.  The three main bodies are:

  • The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • The Chartered Institute of Building (CIoB)
  • The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)

Total membership numbers

Here is how they compare by total membership:


How many are facilities managers?

However, when you look how many members identify themselves as facilities managers, the picture changes dramatically:


How the organisations define f.m.

This is how the three institutions view facilities management:

The CIoB

It's the responsibility of facilities managers to make sure that a building and its services fulfil the needs of the organisation using it. Once construction is completed, facilities managers are employed to take care of all the different issues required to make a building work. This allows people using the property to continue living and working in it.

Their work involves:

■planning how the inside of a building should be organised
■taking charge of renovations and office moves
■maintaining buildings and ensuring everything is in good working order
■ensuring all IT systems function effectively (eg phones, computers, faxes, photocopiers)
■managing a building's security
■organising the cleaning and general upkeep of a building
■negotiating the best possible deals for all of the above.


FM Competency Guidance:

  • Analysis of client requirements
  • Conflict avoidance, management and dispute resolution procedures
  • Construction technology and environmental services
  • Consultancy services
  • Contract administration
  • Contract practice
  • Corporate real estate management
  • Design and specification
  • Environmental management
  • Fire safety
  • GIS
  • Health and safety
  • Landlord and tenant (including rent reviews and lease renewals)
  • Maintenance management
  • Procurement and tendering
  • Project audit
  • Project financial control and reporting
  • Property management
  • Strategic real estate consultancy
  • Supplier management
  • Sustainability
  • Works progress and quality management 


Facilities Management Taxonomy:

  • Business Organisation
  • FM Development and Trends
  • Business Management
  • Physical asset management
  • Land

1 Buildings/Property

2 Workplace

3 Information

4 Fleet Management

5 Decommissioning and disposal

Services Management

• Reception

• Post and Messengers

•Waste Management





•Information & Knowledge

•Library & Archive

•Reprograhics Printig & Stationary

•Travel Booking

• Stores

Process Management

• Human Resources Management


• Customer Service

• Financial Management

•Procurement, Project & Contract Management

•Health & Safety Management

•Quality Management

• Performance Management

•Risk Management