EFS hosts IFMA session at new training facility
Company launches regions first FM Professional Credential Program
Emcor Facilities Services hosted the region’s first Facility Management Professional Credential Program delivered by IFMA.
Presented in Dubai, the FMP course in operations and maintenance, took place over two days in EFS’ new Training and Development Centre, with over 15 senior FMs in attendance.
Chris Hodges, Principal, Facility Engineering Associates, based in USA, was the appointed trainer running the course for the two days. Students learned the materials and were taken through a chapter assessment to better familiarise themselves with the materials and to obtain certifications on passing the exams. On completing the four courses, the FMs will meet the requirements for Facility Management Professionals.
"IFMAs done a great job so far in getting companies like EFS to understand that its credentials are according to the worldwide standards, understanding that it is something good for your workforce and that is understood outside of this country," said Hodges.
"Emcor has embraced this and is really keen to develop thieir own trainers in house and get the program kicked off."
The sessions included an overview of the operations and maintenance procedures with industry-specific and real-world case studies highlighting the application of various topics. Courses on assessment of facility requirements and management of buildings, materials and equipment in the operations and maintenance process were also conducted. Development of service-level guidelines and service specifications were also covered, as were resolving contract disputes, managing service level agreements and determining the asset life-cycle costs.
Hodges said the recognition and adoption of IFMA certifications is essential here in helping FMs to gain recognition for their work anywhere in the world.
"It is to build up a standardisation of delivery of FM services around the world so we are all doing things in the same manner. FMs take care of a huge portion of the assets of any organisation, and take care not just of the facility but the health and safety of all the people in that worklace. Their influence is huge," he added.
Tariq Chauhan, MD, EFS added: "as facilities management becomes an integral part of real estate development, we know this is the right time to launch IFMA training courses that are tailored to the meet the demands of the Middle East FM industry. These courses will help facility managers achieve technical excellence and deliver the best possible service to our clients. The FMP Credential Program will support the future growth and development of the FM industry in the region."