IFMA Offers World-Class Educational Opportunities for FMs at World Workplace Conference and Expo

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The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), in collaboration with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), is offering more than 150 hours of quality, expert-vetted educational programming for facility management professionals to choose from while attending the World Workplace Conference and Expo. These valuable professional development opportunities are offered exclusively at IFMA’s flagship event, hosted this year in San Diego, California, USA, Oct. 5-7, 2016.

What: IFMA’s World Workplace Conference and Expo

When: Oct. 5-7, 2016

Where: San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, USA

World Workplace participants will be immersed by the conference theme, “the FM story is ours to share” as they select an educational program uniquely suited to benefit their careers, the facilities they manage and they people they serve. The World Workplace course matrix offers FM professionals value at any point in their careers, from the 100 Level intended for new and emerging FMs to the 300 Level for seasoned practitioners with five or more years of experience.

Sessions are organized into 14 categories that reflect facility management competencies that are supported with FM solutions and research:

  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Finance and Business
  • Real Estate and Property Management
  • Human Factors
  • Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
  • Project Management
  • Leadership and Strategy
  • Quality
  • Communication
  • Technology
  • Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity
  • Workplace
  • Academic and Research
  • FM Solutions

Details about the conference professional development opportunities, including speakers and detailed session descriptions, can be found here:

Among the courses generating the most buzz this year are:

  • Is Terrorism in your FM Plan?
  • Lessons Learned: Launching Your FM Career
  • Internet of Things for FM: The Quantified Building
  • Leading from Behind: An Ideal Leadership Strategy for FMs
  • Diversity Equals Survivability in the Future of FM
  • FM as Visionary
  • A Shark Tank Survival Guide for the FM
  • Are you Invisible or IN charge? Get Your LinkedIn Profile Noticed by Recruiters and Hiring Managers

In addition to the groundbreaking conference programming, FM professionals looking for an extra boost of information or inspiration can make use of the variety of educational programs offered in San Diego in  conjunction with World Workplace.

IFMA’s Pre-conference Courses and Workshops (formerly known as IFMA’s Fall Symposium) –Oct. 1-7

This multi-day instructor-led knowledge- and skill-building curriculum is designed for anyone interested in continuing FM education and/or achieving one of three globally recognized credentials: CFM®, FMP® and SFP®. Specific schedules and pricing are available here:

Deeper Dive Sessions – Oct. 4

This year features two Deeper Dive Sessions which will run concurrently from 1-5 p.m. PDT.

Returning by popular demand, this year’s High Heels and Hard Hats session is subtitled “Breaking Barriers: Redefining our Notion of Leadership.” Open to both men and women, a panel of experts will discuss overcoming career, job and/or personal obstacles, offering valuable tools and strategies for balancing work/life challenges and turning roadblocks into results.

In addition, participants in Getting the Most from Your Physical Security Program will learn the tips, key points and insider knowledge necessary for establishing and managing a successful physical security program for your organization.

More information is available here:

IFMA’s World Workplace events are the premier facility management events in the world. Each conference addresses topics of the greatest relevance and concern to professionals who support the built environment. The 2016 San Diego conference promises to raise the bar even further with power speakers and the landmark collaboration between IFMA and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is taking unprecedented steps toward unifying and advancing the global FM profession.

For more information, visit the event’s website at

IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in 104 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (133 chapters), industry (14 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management, conducts research, provides educational programs, content and resources, and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the association’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or