2021 FM TRAINING OUTLOOK SURVEY KEY FINDING 3
IMPORTANCE OF FM CREDENTIALS
While professional credentials are often thought of as an individual goal for career advancement, credentials are a win-win opportunity for both individuals and employers.
Knowledge and skill development means better job performance and productivity, while credentials communicate credibility to clients. For employers who support their staff, satisfaction and retention rates increase.
According to FM staff, the top 3 benefits of FM training and credentials are preparing for career advancement, credibility with employer/clients, and better job performance.
72% of FM managers say a credential or qualification is an influential factor in hiring or promoting FM staff.
Only 21% of FM staff have earned an FM credential, making it a real differentiator among job candidates.
of FM staff would or have already invested their own money in FM career
Up 42% from 2019
of FM staff would pursue an FM credential if their employer
supported them financially.
Up 24% from 2019
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When you support your team to earn a holistic FM credential, you get everyone speaking the same language, moving in the same direction and working as a team. I chose to pursue a credential, and asked the management team to do the same, because I don’t want to ask my team to do something that I’m not willing to do myself.
Keith Tate, ProFM, AIA, CPM, LEED GA
Facilities Management Director, Polk County BoCC
Our FM industry has changed dramatically over the past decade. Not only are we seeing a knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) gap, as seasoned professionals leave their organizations, but we’re also seeing FM professionals being asked to take on more strategic and business-oriented functions. With new ISO standards, regulatory changes, and redirection of business objectives, FM professionals are facing a spectrum of responsibilities that require a broad set of skills.
Stormy Friday, MPA, Hon. FMA, IFMA Fellow
President, The Friday Group
As an FM leader responsible for the execution of services at multiple properties, I feel it is imperative that our team members on the front line be equipped with the tools and skills necessary to perform successfully. In today’s busy climate, time is a high-priced commodity; team members would benefit from an efficient method to fill their toolboxes, and enhance their skillsets in short order.
Darrell X. Rounds, FMA®, C.E.M.
Operations Group Manager GM Sustainable Workplaces
Facilities management is truly coming of age in part due to its growth internationally but also in part to the growing competencies, skills, and awareness of those that are serving within the sector.
CEO Key Facilities Management International
A large percentage of facility managers that remained on site during the COVID pandemic typically worked for essential businesses and remained on site out of necessity due to unprecedented challenges. These FMs were executing business continuity plans, expanding sanitation services, performing temperature screening services, augmenting site and furniture configurations to accommodate social distancing, and more.
John Hajduk, ProFM
Vice President Facilities Services Sodexo