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CIBSE publishes competency and competency management systems in facilities management

CIBSE publishes Knowledge Series KS21: Competency and competency management systems in facilities management.

KS21The way that a building is operated and maintained will have a huge influence on user satisfaction and on its environmental impact and running costs. Property/Facilities Managers are the professionals responsible for ensuring the successful operation and maintenance of a building.  But how does a facilities manager demonstrate their competence to operate and maintain the buildings?
A new guide published by CIBSE sets out to raise awareness of the issue and get the industry talking about competence and competency, focusing on the management of building engineering systems in operational buildings. The document, CIBSE Knowledge Series (KS) 21: Competency and competency management systems in facilities management details the journey individuals and organisations need to look inwards and determine how to maintain and manage competency by linking it to job roles, of human resources and talent management.
Geoff Prudence, Chair of CIBSE Facilities Management Group, said: “Providing leadership in competency is key to the successful operation of buildings.   CIBSE’s new guidance provides a framework for embedding that leadership in any organisation.”
All organisations will benefit from implementing a facilities management competency management system. This document aims to demonstrate how to review and apply effective management of competency in organisations of all sizes, including large corporate bodies.
 “In Facilities Management we need competent people as Facilities Management is a people business.  Ensuring competence protects users of buildings, owners, service providers and the engineers themselves.”  Jo Harris, Author of KS21 and Committee member CIBSE Facilities Management Group
The publication of CIBSE Knowledge Series KS21: Competency and competency management systems in facilities management fills a significant gap in the range of publications produced by CIBSE and augments guidance currently available. It is not intended as a definitive work, nor is it a model solution to achieve and maintain competency in every case. It is, however, a useful guide for building owners, maintainers and operators, and facilities managers as to how they can demonstrate the effective management of individual competency and in so doing contribute to corporate competency.
Find out more or to purchase a copy of the document here.