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3.0 Facility Management Education & Credentialing: A Strategic Approach to FM Education in China

05-Sep-13, 11:15-12:00
Grand Ballroom I,II,III (Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao)
Track: Leadership and Strategy
Format: General Presentation
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Session Description: The facility management profession is practiced in many different ways around the world. Regardless of the region, the profession is defined by a number of common core competencies that define the knowledge, skills and abilities of the facility manager. These core competencies form the framework for career development, from maintenance technician to facility executive, and in specialty areas such as sustainable facility management. Knowledge of these core competencies and professional experience in facility management can be earned and demonstrated through education and credentialing programs. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has created a series of educational offerings and credentials that help facility managers demonstrate their competence. IFMA has outlined the baseline education and credentialing programs that can be supplemented by local and regional practices to produce a viable career path that is adaptable to any region or economy in the world. This presentation will outline the strategy and major efforts of IFMA and the Macao Institute of Management in developing a career framework and recognition program for facility management.
Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the evolution of the FM career and IFMA's competency-based education and credentialing process.
  • Understand how to match a global FM career approach with China's growing needs for facility management.
  • Discuss the critical success factors for introducing facility management to meet China’s career recognition need.
  • Hear an introduction to the framework to meet China’s National and International Vocational Qualification requirements.
  •     Conference Proceedings

    Christopher Hodges, P.E., CFM, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow, FRICS
    Facility Engineering Associates

    Chris is a Principal of Facility Engineering Associates, an engineering and facility management consultancy. He is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Facility Manager, and LEED Accredited Professional. He is an IFMA Fellow, and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Chris is a former board member, current Chair of the Sustainability Committee, member of the Education Committee and Master Instructor for IFMA. He has over 30 years of engineering and consulting experience with clients on facility asset management, life cycle management and strategic planning to optimize facility performance.

    Prof. Dr. Oscar Chan, PhD, MA, B.Comm, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow, IFMA Qualified Instructor, F. PFM, Hon. FAPPA, A F.HKIHSM
    Macau Institute of Management

    Oscar Chan has been the Director of Macau Institute of Management as well as the Director of Facility Management Development Centre since 2007. Prior to becoming a full time academician, he has been working in senior management positions in various service oriented and multi-disciplinary industries and facilities including Hospitals & Health Care Services, International Airports Universities and Logistics centre. He was one of the founding members for the IFMA Hong Kong Chapter in 1994. In addition to academic and consultancy experience, Oscar has been serving as an important link between China and the FM world. He has assisted IFMA to gain official recognition from the PRC government for the CFM and FMP credentials in 2007.

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