How to use the FM Professional Standards

The Facilities Management Professional Standards clearly define the competences that are necessary to be a competent facilities management practitioner at all career levels. Created in consultation with industry stakeholders, experts and professional standards writers the standards form a global competence model for the profession.

These standards can be used to benchmark skills, knowledge and competence for those working at all levels in the FM profession.

The FM Professional Standards Framework

The FM Professional Standards Framework is the supporting structure that clearly defines:

  • the key functions (the functional areas) performed by FM practitioners,
  • the main components of each functional area (functional area component),
  • and the competences that are required to be a competent professional when carrying out each function.

The framework includes high-level competences defined for each facilities management career level, from a support role through to a strategic role. Full and expanded FM Professional Standards are provided in the Handbook below. Find out how you can use the professional standards as an employer or a professional:

> as an employer

> as a professional

Download the FM Professional Standards Framework

> BIFM members can download the FM Professional Standards framework here
> Non members can access the FM Professional Standards framework here

You can also download the Developing your career in facilities management guide which outlines the options available to take your career to the next level and help you to perform to the best of your ability.

> Download the new six-page guide here

If you are not a member but managing FM practitionersí staff development, or planning for their learning and development needs you can an request a copy of the handbook by emailing

For more information, please contact the Professional Standards & Education team at or +44(0)1279 712 651.

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