9 December 2015 | Jamie Harris
The BIFM has partnered with K-Pintar Sdn Bhd in Malaysia to announce a government-backed qualification programme, designed to raised standards in facilities management in Malaysia.
K-Pintar is a provider is now a BIFM Recognised Centre and will be delivering the internationally recognised qualifications in facilities management at Level 3 for first-line management and level 4 for middle management.
The qualification programmes cover all aspects of facilities management knowledge. Qualifications are awarded by the BIFM providing a recognised and globally transferable mark of professional attainment.
The Malaysian government agency, Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), has identified facilities management as one of the professions that it has committed to creating a highly competent, well-trained, knowledgeable and skilled workforce.
K-Pintar chief executive officer RA Thiagaraja said: "This forms part of Malaysia's aspiration to attain the status of developed country by the year 2020 through a strengthened and more competitive position in the global market."
Linda Hausmanis, director of education at BIFM, said: "I'm delighted to see the desire and the opportunities expand in delivering the BIFM qualifications in Malaysia by welcoming K-Pintar as a BIFM Recognised Centre to deliver BIFM Qualifications at Levels 3 and 4.
"The ability for countries to be able to contextualise the BIFM qualifications for local delivery whilst maintaining the global standards of the BIFM qualifications is a major step not only in raising the profile of the industry but also in raising the skills and capabilities of the practitioners working in the profession. The role that facilities management has to play is significant both in terms of helping businesses achieve corporate objectives and also in the economic welfare of a country and its citizens. The Malaysian government has recognised this with its 2020 vision and BIFM is delighted to play its part by working alongside Malaysian partners to raise standards in FM."
In June this year BIFM signed an agreement with the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB). The agreement sees the two organisations aim to "collaborate and explore opportunities to develop, support and enrich" the facilities management profession in Malaysia.
To find out more about career development opportunities in facilities management, read the 2016 FM World Guide to Facilities Management Career Development.