The BIFM has announced that it will be launching a new training programme in 2017 as part of the Institute’s new ‘BIFM Academy’.A range of new courses will be offered nationally from next September.
This means that the current ‘BIFM Training’ joint agreement with Quadrilect Ltd will come to an end the same time. Quadrilect will continue to offer training courses without the BIFM Training brand but will remain a BIFM Recognised Centre delivering the BIFM qualifications.
Ray Perry, CEO, BIFM states:
“This is an exciting opportunity for BIFM, as we aim to increase our professional development options in order to support FM professionals. The BIFM Academy will become the central Professional Development hub for disseminating Continuing Professional Development (CPD) content and training. We will offer a mix of face to face courses, online materials and we will further develop BIFM Direct, our successful online learning portal for the BIFM qualifications. Face to face courses will also be developed and provided in-house for businesses as part of our growing business development strategy.
“Our strategic aim is to support and professionally develop our members and the wider industry generally. It is therefore important that we create the Academy and develop our own training courses which are aligned to the FM Professional Standards centrally and this will sit at the heart of the BIFM CPD provision for our members.
“BIFM has already worked alongside employers to create the world’s most extensive and rigorous FM qualifications programme which have been embedded worldwide. The creation of the BIFM Academy will further strengthen and harness those employer relationships by enabling us to evolve our training provision to fit the new ways professionals learn and complement our existing professional development suite of products and services.
“We have enjoyed working with QL and would like to thank Rachel Hiscox, and wish her and the team all the best beyond September 2017. The termination of the BIFM Training agreement does not affect the agreement in place between BIFM and Quadrilect in relation to the delivery of the BIFM Qualifications; we look forward to continuing to work with Quadrilect in its capacity as a BIFM Recognised Centre.”
For BIFM learners who are currently registered through Quadrilect to study a BIFM qualification via the BIFM Training programme they should see no difference in content or delivery, only the removal of the ‘BIFM Training’ brand post September 2017. Both parties are committed to minimising any potential impact to affected individuals.