BIFMA Accredited CEU: Why Standards Matter

This event is part of the BIFMA Monthly Learning Series. There is no cost to attend.

September 28, 2023
Noon – 1:00 PM ET


Part of the BIFMA Learning Monthly Series, this is a live virtual learning opportunity for our members, designers, buyers, educators, and anyone interested in furniture for the built environment. There is no fee to attend.

Event Details

What are your primary considerations when selecting furniture? This course provides knowledge to the A&D community, facility managers, building owners, end users, and manufacturers about BIFMA’s mission and work. The course explains Why Standards Matter to all who are involved in furniture procurement to ensure decisions are informed by safety, wellness, and sustainability.

Who Should Attend

A&D professionals, LEED and WELL Accredited Professionals, facility managers (satisfies IFMA CFM maintenance requirements), corporate real estate professionals (approved toward pursuit of CoreNet Global QPCR designation), customers, furniture dealers, and anyone influencing furniture selection.

Course Objectives

  1. You will learn the historical context that drove the need for industry-wide furniture performance.
  2. You will understand the impact of social, economic, and technological trends that effect the bottom line.
  3. You will understand how test procedures are designed to simulate safety and durability in use.
  4. You will understand how BIFMA supports the work of design and other professionals with their LEVEL and BIFMA Compliant programs.

Program Credits

IDCEC– 1.0 HSW designation
GBCI– 1.0 General Education, WELL AP & LEED AP


Joy Stephenson, Training + Development Specialist, Indiana Furniture

Joy graduated with an Interior Design degree from The University of Alabama and has been in the contract office furniture industry for 18 years. Eleven of those were spent in sales and design at a furniture dealership where she hosted many learning events. She joined Indiana Furniture as a designer working to help customers visualize their spaces. In 2022, she transitioned to a Training + Development role to share her extensive knowledge and love of contract furniture with others.