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Earn your stripes in FM with BIFM, the professional body for facilities management

Facilities Management could be the ideal choice as a career offering a great opportunity to capitalise on your transferable skills. Find out more

Develop your facilities management skills and expertise to build your earning potential with BIFM.

Membership of BIFM supports your professional needs throughout your career; providing resources, networking and learning and development opportunities.

Gain professional recognition for the experience you already have in FM, with BIFM membership grades which have been mapped against the NATO code rankings to recognise your management experience, dependent on your FM experience and / or qualifications in FM. Find your grade here

BIFM Qualifications in Facilities Management offer a way for you to develop your skills and knowledge in FM at a level to suit you and gain a recognised qualification to demonstrate your level of expertise to potential employers. (ELCAS providers are available).

> Find the BIFM membership grade to suit your forces experience
> Find a BIFM Qualification in Facilities Management

Why choose Facilities Management?

Facilities management is an industry that provides the opportunity for an exciting, reliable and lucrative career choice. The armed forces was shown to be the third largest former professional background  of facilities management professionals in  the 2012 FM World Salary Survey (the British Institute of Facilities Management’s magazine) with 10% of the sample having come from that background, proving that facilities management is fast becoming an obvious path for current servicemen and service leavers.
The 2012 salary survey showed variation across the different facets of FM. Below are the average salary brackets by function:
> Integrated FM Firms (£46,000 – £60,000)
> Consultancy (FM/Property)  (£36,000 – £45,000)
> Hard FM (£46,000 – £ 60,000)
> Soft FM (£26,000 – £35,000)

How BIFM can help you transition into a new career?

With numerous members with backgrounds in the armed forces, across the MoD sectors – BIFM can support, develop and aid your transition into civilian facilities management roles.
Entry and progression into this growing market can be achieved through both experience based and qualification based routes. With the Institute, you can gain professional recognition with BIFM membership and qualifications, Europe’s largest FM body.
Recognition of your FM experience in BIFM membership grades
In recognition of the strong links with the MoD, BIFM membership grades have been mapped against NATO code rankings to recognise where there is considerable management experience and highly transferable skills that should be recognised and respected by potential employers. The grade awarded will be dependent on your level of experience in rank in the forces and your FM experience, and / or qualifications in FM. The FM industry can thrive from the highly skilled, committed and capable individuals that have been nurtured in the armed forces. This means you may qualify for one of the assessed grades of membership.
Membership resources and opportunities
In addition to the professional recognition, through membership you will access a range of benefits which include:
> Resources to support your knowledge of FM and keep abreast of the latest developments
> Networking opportunities to build up your contacts in FM
> Access to a range of professional development events

Qualifications in Facilities Management

We have a number of BIFM Recognised Centres which deliver the BIFM Qualifications in Facilities Management. These are located across the country with over 45% of them being recognised learning providers with the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Scheme (ELCAS). ELCAS is an initiative to promote lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces through financial assistance.
Qualifications are essential to gaining respect, recognition and a secure future. Our aim is to ensure that, by listening and being responsive, we reflect the needs of a dynamic and progressive facilities management industry in our suite of professional qualifications.  Ranging from Level 2 to 7, each of these levels reflect the starting point of your FM experience.

Training courses in Facilities Management

Training courses are available in facilities management through BIFM Training, our provider for short course training programme. Up to 44 courses are available which include a strong focus on optimising the FM team and developing leadership skills, from supervisory to senior management levels.
Offering professional development at your fingertips - SkillSet is also available, allowing you to work to your own personal time schedule, providing flexible content, tailored to your needs at the touch of a button.  As the interactive online learning portal available to all FM professionals, SkillSet helps you develop business skills in bitesize and adaptable chunks.
All training courses are based on the benchmark BIFM competences, which underpin BIFM membership criteria.

Next steps

> Start your Training courses in facilities management with BIFM Training
For more information on stepping into a new career, please contact BIFM at or call +44 (0) 1279 712650.