PD & training

Throughout the year the FMA, in conjunction with industry stakeholders, develops a range of professional development and training courses.

Professional Development & Training

  • National seminar series: based on compliance and relevant topics designed specifically for the FM professional
  • One day training & customised courses: designed to enhance the development of competencies required for the FM professional and best practice techniques. These courses can also be customised to align with your organisation, its policies and using its case studies to enhance your team's understanding and skills application.
  • Workshops: these are held at least annually with a focus on an industry specific topic.  
    Most recently have been the Energy Efficiency Workshop and the Maintenance Workshop.
  • Formal courses: these include the FMA developed Diploma of Facilities Management as well as a number of other courses available through tertiary education providers.

Upcoming courses, workshops & seminars

2017 Professional Development program

Book early to receive our early bird 20% discount!


Confident Leadership for Women (1 day)  ...read more

Designed to develop leadership qualities that are exhibited by the best leaders. Carol Fox will take you through the tools you can use every day to make an impact on your success and leadership. By identifying your communication methods, and recognising the methods of others, you can identify how to empower yourself and communicate successfully in all your relationships.


Venue details

23 May 2017

Karstens Conferencing

123 Queen Street, Melbourn VIC

9 August 2017

CBD Venue to be confirmed.

Facilities Management Risk and Compliance (2 days)

This interactive training program is delivered over two days by an experienced trainer. You will be offered practical guidance to assist in effectively managing key facilities risk issues, whilst also considering the strategic and operational issues.


Venue details

26 & 27 April 2017

Karstens Conferencing
123 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC

21-22 June 2017

Exhibition Park in Canberra
Flemington Rd & Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell ACT

(1/2 day)



23 March 2017 (8:45 - 12:30)


Disability Access 

Participants will learn about the value of completing a building access review using a Building Review Checklist in order to assess liability and risk or as part of a due diligence assessment or leasing arrangement. The workshop aims to give participants:

  • An understanding of the responsibilities of building owners and managers to ensure access to buildings for people with disability
  • An awareness of how building upgrades and ‘make-good’ actions may trigger requirements to improve access.
  • Awareness of the value of undertaking a review of the level of access to identify liabilities, assess risk and develop a plan for future improvements

Dates for other states to be announced.

Sep - Oct 2017

Building Wellness - What is wellness and how is it part of OHSW (eg Legionella, Asbestos, Risks for workers in buildings). Measuring, rating and costing wellness discusses NABERS and the WELL scale. Designing, renovating and maintaining for wellness. Who is responsible for worker and building wellness? Financial benefits and productivitiy of wellness.

To be confirmed

HCFC's phase down for 2020 - what it means to manage facilities and what you need to know to be prepared.

Security for FMs (1 day)  

Discover how an FM can manage security elements, with specific considerations to: equipment, personnel, policies, procedures and training and managerial advisors How to monitor and measure security functions. Understand Business continuity, crisis management and emergency management.

Scheduled for ACT, NSW, VIC, QLD,TAS, WA in August to September 2017.

Click here to download FMA Professional Development Calendar.

More details... on customised training course topics


To register your interest in finding out more about upcoming PD and training courses, or about customising a course click here.

To register your interest in finding out more about upcoming PD and training courses, or about customising a course click here.

For more information or general enquiries about training courses email pd@fma.com.au

Recent National Workshops & Seminars


Building Safety Measures (AS1851) Amendment 1

This seminar was designed for commercial / office building facilities and maintenance managers, as well as property owners and property managers. To provide a better understanding of the changes to AS1851 Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment and how it works in conjunction with State based regulatory requirements, and the impact of the recent changes with amendment 1 being released.  Click here to download the outline.

This presentation provided information covering these topics:

  • History – Development of AS 1851-2012
  • How it can be used in the current Regulatory environment
  • Safety measures not covered in AS1851
  • What benefit the 2012 version brings to the building owner and manager
  • What are the changes implemented for amendment 1
  • Roles & Responsibilities – owners/manager contractors
  • The opportunity to have your questions answered
  • Keeping it safe, simple and cost effective

Presented by: Glenn Talbot, Verified PL

Seminars were held in November 2016 in VIC, QLD and NSW.

Members are eligible to claim 1 CPD point for attendance.


Emergency Preparedness for FMs

This seminar series looked at the key emergency preparedness challenges faced by FMs and provided the latest information and handouts on your states legislation. It included updates on how to maintain compliance. With instruction from experts in technical and strategic risk minimisation to deliver best practice with emergency preparedness.

Presented by:

Seminars were held in ACT, NSW, QLD, TAS, SA and VIC (April to June 2016)

Members are eligible to claim 1 CPD point.


Essential Knowledge Seminar - Industrial Fall Arrest Systems and Devices Standard AS/NZS1891

The updated Industrial Fall Arrest Systems and Devices Standard AS/NZS1891 Parts 1 to 3 are due for release in January 2016. This timely half-day seminar offers facilities managers the opportunity to get up to speed with the changes to the Standard and current legislative requirements.

Presented by:

  • Carl Sachs, FMA Australian Standards Committee representative and industry expert
  • Local industry regulators

The seminar will:

  • Review the changes to the Standard and look at what controls are in place to assist facilities managers
  • Provide an understanding of where the Standard fits with other laws and how to manage contractor risks and compliance
  • Look at enforcement practice and examples of good and bad case studies

Delivered in NSW, VIC & QLD (February - March 2016)

Members are eligible to claim 1 CPD point.


International Industry Standards Workshops

In May 2012 the Australian facilities management industry in conjunction with 23 other countries embarked on an ambitious task to develop an international facilities management standard.

Drafts for part 1 and part 2 of the International Standards Organisation, ISO 41000 – Facilities Management, were released as Draft International Standards (DIS). 

FMA has facilitated a series of national workshops to discuss the content of the recently released parts of the DIS. The workshops will act a forum for providing feedback to the Australian Mirror Committee for consideration prior to an Australian position being formalised

Delivered in ACT, NSW, VIC & WA (December 2015 - February 2016)