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Councils & Communities

Councils and communities of practice (CoP) are special-interest groups within the FM profession which are concerned with industry-specific types of facilities and job responsibilities. Transcending geographic boundaries, councils and CoPs enable members to interact with other professionals specializing in a particular FM practice or who work in the same business sector.

IFMA National Councils

  • Academic
  • Airport
  • Banks/Financial
  • City & Country Clubs
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Real Estate
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • FM Consultants
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Museums/Cultural
  • Public Sector
  • Research & Development
  • Utilities

IFMA National also offers four Communities of Practice

  • Hospitality (FM & Engineering)
  • Restaurant/Food Service
  • Religious
  • Retail

As an IFMA member, you may join one or more of these unique communities. Most Councils and Communities of Practice offer the following benefits:

  • Newsletters: Covering current industry-specific council and CoP news and member articles on “hot topics.”
  • Directories: Membership rosters are available to all council and CoP members.
  • Online Community Discussion Forums: Connect with fellow council and CoP members and discuss benchmarking and best practices at
  • Webinars: A venue for learning, discussing and sharing industry-specific topics of interest. View the webinar calendar here.
  • Web sites: Frequently updated to keep council and CoP members current on the latest activities and discussions.
  • Seminars and Conferences: Most councils and CoPs will meet in October at IFMA’s World Workplace Conference & Expo. Council and CoP on-site meetings are held in the spring.