Professional bodies for facilities managers

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

  • The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • The Chartered Institute of Building (CIoB)
  • The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) - formerly the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)

Total membership numbers

Here is how they compare by total membership:

graph showing total membership


How many are facilities managers?

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

graph of membership numbers

Facilities Management at RICS and at IWFM:

FM operations cover an enormous range of activities. Here is how the two organisations with a large cohort of fms define facilities management:



The RICS has developed its competency framework together with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). It includes the following elements:

  • 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 

The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management logo




The IWFM (formerly the BIFM)


The IWFM has adopted the following Facilities Management Taxonomy:

Business Organisation

FM Development and Trends

Business Management

Physical asset management


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

Professional Development

Both organisations offer professional development paths. These range from accredited qualifications designed to support long-term career paths to apprenticeships to short courses available online.