About IFMA's World Workplace

About IFMA's World Workplace

World Workplace FAQs

What is IFMA's World Workplace?
IFMA's World Workplace is an annual conference and exposition geared toward the learning and networking needs of professionals who support facilities—from FM, IT, PM and HR to engineering, security, real estate and sustainability/energy specialists.

Renowned for the superior quality of its educational program, internationally recognized speakers, the diversity of products and services in the expo, and its longstanding commitment to excellence, World Workplace is the preeminent professional development event for facility management.

 Who organizes this event?
World Workplace is hosted by the International Facility Management Association, the largest, most widely recognized and well-connected association for facility management professionals. Formed in 1980, IFMA supports more than 23,500 members in 94 countries.

IFMA works to advance the FM profession through research, certification and credentialing programs, education, global networking, industry information, government relations and partnerships with other respected organizations.

 Why attend this conference?
No other facility-related event is backed by 34 years of FM knowledge, experience and a longstanding commitment to excellence. IFMA knows what facility professionals need to manage and maintain facilities. Programming is geared specifically toward FM needs, challenges and interests. Attending IFMA’s flagship event not only ensures the quality of your experience, but also demonstrates your support of the not-for-profit association that exists solely to advance facility management.

This year's event will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La., USA.

The conference kicks off the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, and concludes Friday evening, Sept. 19, 2014. Those interested in educational and networking activities held in conjunction with World Workplace should plan their travel around these additional dates:

  • IFMA's Fall Symposium: Sept. 13-19, 2014. Knowledge- and skill-building instructor-led courses, including FM Essentials, CFM Exam Prep, and FMP and SFP program courses.
  • Facility Tours: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Exclusive back-of-house facility tours of New Orleans sites.
  • IFMA Foundation Events: Sept. 16, 2014. The Foundation’s largest fundraising and recognition events of the year include the 24th Annual Doug Underwood Memorial Golf Tournament at the Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans, and the IFMA Foundation’s Silver Jubilee Casino Night Celebration held at the convention center.

Who attends?
World Workplace welcomes more than 4,000 attendees from 40 countries and from every state in the U.S. Attendees represent more than 2,000 companies and a range of workplace-related industries. Practitioners, educators, authors, students, government representatives, members of IFMA and partnering organizations, and exhibiting companies attend annually.

What’s the difference between Full Event and Full Event PLUS registration?
Full Event registration is an all-access pass to conference and expo activities, including the welcome reception, the opening keynote, educational sessions, all networking events and breaks, lunch vouchers, the closing keynote and awards luncheon, IFMA's Awards of Excellence Banquet and online access to the conference proceedings.

Full Event PLUS includes all the features of Full Event registration PLUS a ticket to the IFMA Foundation Celebration, your CEU processing fee, your choice of Facility Tour and two drink tickets for the Awards of Excellence Banquet.