4 October 2016 | Jamie Harris
The BIFM and Quadrilect Ltd have today announced that the current ‘BIFM Training’ joint agreement will come to an end in September 2017.
Quadrilect will continue to offer training courses without the BIFM Training brand but will remain a BIFM Recognised Centre delivering the BIFM qualifications.
BIFM will be launching a new training programme centrally as part of the institute’s new ‘BIFM Academy’ with a range of courses to be delivered nationally beyond September 2017.
Ray Perry, CEO, BIFM said: “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.”
Perry explained that the creation of the BIFM Academy will “further strengthen and harness those employer relationships” through evolving its training provision to “fit the new ways professionals learn”.
He said that the BIFM Academy will complement the existing professional development suite the institute currently offers.
Perry said: “We have enjoyed working with Quadrilect 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.”
Rachel Hiscox, managing director, Quadrilect said: “Quadrilect has enjoyed working with BIFM and the team are proud to have been part of professionalising FM over the past 20 years as well as contributing to building the BIFM Training programme into a leading FM Learning and Development brand.
“We see a great future for Quadrilect in growing our range of our accredited courses and building a comprehensive online resource for FMs and are delighted to continue our relationship with BIFM as a recognised centre delivering the BIFM qualifications.”
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 after September 2017. Both parties are committed to minimising any potential impact to affected individuals.