Mission and Purposes of the Management Accreditation Commission (FMAC) Accredited Degree Program (ADP)
The mission of the FMAC is to lead international advocate / expert of quality Facility Management education, and to promote, support, and accredit Facility Management programs. The purpose established for FMAC’s ADP program is listed as follows:
1.1 Definition of Facility Management
Facility management, as defined by IFMA, is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.
1.2 Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs
Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are associate, baccalaureate (bachelors) and master's degree programs in post-secondary schools, colleges and universities designed to prepare students for careers as facility management professionals. Four-year undergraduate programs will include FM study at least during the junior and senior years of a baccalaureate program, with appropriate lower division course work from a four-year institution or state/government accredited community colleges.
1.3 Accredited Degree Program Standard Background
This standard was first developed in 1996 by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Committee on Recognized Programs, established by the IFMA board in 1996. In July 2007, IFMA and the IFMA Foundation agreed that the IFMA Foundation should assume responsibility for the Recognized Degree Programs. In April 2009 the IFMA Foundation Board of Trustees approved the Commission on Academic Affairs (CoAA) as the organization leading the accreditation process and changing the Recognized Degree Program to an Accredited Degree Program (ADP).
In December 2010 the Commission on Academic Affairs (CoAA) name was changed to the Facility Management Accreditation Commission (FMAC) along with revisions to the ADP standard to reflect current practices and requirements desired by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The ADP standard was revised for several major reasons; the re-organization of the standard’s administrative functions, the addition of provisional accreditation, annual fees adjustments and adding FM program visitation requirements.
In 2013, the ADP Standard was revised to reflect several major updates:
- Integrated, added and updated the eleven Core Competencies and converts these to an “outcomes based assessment” model, and
- Updates the ADP application process, outlines the fees, site visit fees and annual fees, and
- Adjusts the minimum academic requirements for each of the ADP program level: associate, bachelor, and graduate programs, and
- Introduced the planned changes required for the FMAC to become recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as an Accrediting Organization, and
- Commenced the transition of the FMAC to an independent organization, separate from IFMA, the IFMA Foundation and all other associations, and
- Updated the FMAC Accredited Degree Programs “FM Self-Study Application” to represent the FMAC and meet their ADP Standard requirements.
Accreditation by the FMAC of a facility management program is a voluntary process. Applicants prepare and submit a self-study document that demonstrates achievement of the standards set forth in this document. This self-study is evaluated by the Facility Management Accreditation Commission.
The purpose of FMAC’s ADP accrediting process is:
- To formulate a process that is consistent for all institutions seeking FM accreditation;
- To develop and implement accreditation criteria and standards;
- To carry-out the accreditation process; and
- Publicly identify its accredited FM programs for the benefit of all concerned.
Accreditation serves the following purposes:
- Assuring quality: accreditation is the primary means by which FM institutions and programs assure quality to students and the public. Accredited status is a signal to students and the public that a program meets certain standards for its faculty, curriculum, student services, key stake holders, etc.
- Developing and maintaining employer / institution confidence: accredited status of a program is important to employers and other institutions when evaluating skills and competencies of an applicant.
- Enabling more consistent transfer of credits: Accreditation is important to students for a smooth transition of courses and credits among colleges, universities and programs. The ADP Standard encourages ADP institutions to develop articulation agreements with other ADP programs.
The goal of the FMAC’s ADP standard is to guide those institutions desiring accreditation. The FMAC’s ADP program accredits and approves FM programs that demonstrate academic preparation in the Outcome Based Assessment criteria outlined in section 5 of this standard. The IFMA eleven Core Competency areas that were used to develop the outcome assessment requirements (further defined in section 5) are as follows:
- Leadership and Strategy;
- Operations and Maintenance;
- Project Management;
- Finance and Business;
- Human Factors;
- Real Estate and Property Management;
- Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity;
- Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
A graduate from an FMAC Accredited Degree Program at the baccalaureate or graduate degree level will have the necessary academic preparation to enter the profession. The potential employer will know that a graduate of an FMAC baccalaureate or graduate degree Accredited Degree Program has received a broad-based education in the fundamentals of the entire core competency areas identified in the FMAC ADP standard and be able to join the FM workforce at the entry level or transfer to a FM baccalaureate or graduate degree program.
The other purpose of the Accredited Degree Program standard is to assist in the development of quality FM academic programs in universities and colleges that do not have sufficient offerings in the core competency areas outlined. This program should also encourage the development of new facility management programs at quality higher education institutions.
The FMAC is dedicated to the continued development and ongoing maintenance of the FM curriculum for FM degree programs. The FMAC reserves the right to periodically revise the standard to reflect best practices in both industry and academia, generated from input across the membership of the FMAC.
1.6 Guiding Principles
The FMAC ensures that its organizational structure remains independent from other entities, conflicting interests and conflicting activities. The FMAC defines the provisions of its independence by establishing and implementing policies, determining and administering the resources required to maintain the credential program, and making all decisions in matters related to Accreditation, protected from inappropriate or undue influence.
The FMAC has sole responsibility for decisions related to all ADP Accreditation Activities. Decisions reached by the FMAC governing panel and committees are not subject to approval by any officers, committees, divisions or boards of IFMA, the IFMA Foundation and any other organization / association.
The FMAC structure is designed to assure that it operates in an open and transparent manner, providing stakeholders and the public with the information they need to access the accreditation materials to benefit from the mission and purpose. Transparency is primarily about implementing fair policies, publishing policies and promoting fair practices. A list of the names and positions of all individuals involved in the accreditation decision-making process are available on the FMAC website. Email addresses are available upon request from the FMAC.
At least annually, the FMAC shall schedule and conduct an open public session to provide the opportunity for input on accreditation policies, procedures and standards. This public session will normally be scheduled during the IFMA’s annual WWP conference or at other times and locations. Provisions will be made for those who are unable to attend the public meeting to send material in advance so that it can be presented to the FMAC for response.
It is of paramount importance that all policies and procedures contribute to the development, oversight, evaluation, and maintenance of fair and equitable accreditation and assessment which advance the profession of facility management. It is essential that an equal opportunity for success is provided to each and every candidate in each and every program.
Conflict of Interest
The organizational structure of the FMAC assures that stakeholders who have a specific interest do not participate in credential-related decisions from which they may benefit. This is accomplished by self-declaration of the individual as well as implementation of policies that define conflicts of interest for the FMAC and the personnel associated with it.
FMAC Bylaws 2014 (.pdf) »
FMAC ADP Standard Final 021014 (.pdf)