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14 November 2019 | Martin Read

A year to the week since it rebranded from BIFM and resolved to upskill and standardise the profession, the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management has introduced the ‘Level 6 Diploma in Workplace Leadership, Insight and Change’, a degree-level qualification supporting IWFM’s aspiration to become a chartered professional body.

Sixty learners have already enrolled, launching the groundbreaking qualification. It builds on the workplace leadership programme launched last summer.


IWFM accelerated the qualification’s development after senior representatives of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) attended the three-day event. The resultant insight uncovered a demand for a comprehensive standard of attainment in workplace to support a strategic shift to smarter ways of working. Their people will study for the new qualification in three groups, with the first starting today, Thursday 14 November.


The diploma will be delivered through a ‘blended learning’ approach, which combines a timetable of face-to-face workshops with self-study, supported by a series of planned webinars and virtual group-work activities


IWFM chief executive Linda Hausmanis called the qualification “an invaluable addition to this growing discipline”.


”We believe this Level 6 diploma is the first pure workplace qualification of its kind.


”We are talking to many organisations, both public and private sector, who are seeing the tremendous value of the workplace opportunity but require upskilling to seize it. This arrangement has enabled us to develop a qualification that will benefit the whole industry, in line with IWFM’s vision for a distinct profession recognised for its ability to enable people to transform organisations and their performance.’


The diploma is a regulated qualification, in line with IWFM’s existing suite of professional qualifications. It will be awarded by IWFM. Delivery is under the banner of the Workplace Leadership Programme in a partnership between IWFM Academy and workplace performance and development specialist 3edges, whose director Ian Ellison explained that the diploma “recognises the need for learning and development that reflects the richness and diversity of the workplace discipline.


“We wanted to help workplace and facilities management professionals realise their potential and help their organisations work better. The diploma is the next step in our quest to establish workplace as a valued lever to business performance.”