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:

What is facilities management?

Many people who look after buildings and services for charities may not even know that what they are doing is "facilities management"! 


Facilities management (f.m.) is a relatively new term.  It is encompasses many different functions relating to property, and services for the users of buildings.  

A short definition could be:

The aim of facilities management is to co-ordinate buildings and services to create the optimum working environment for staff and visitors.