BIFMA Education and Professional Development

Current Education Initiatives

The 360° Leadership Conference:

This annual 3 day event The BIFMA 360° Leadership Conference is a must add to your calendar.  Leading thinkers gather to share their ideas and help set new directions for our industry. Members receive discounted attendance to The 360º, gain access to tailored education resources, collaborate with industry associates, and contribute their insights to our advocacy efforts.  Typically held in late January - click on the link above for more information. 

Furniture Summit:
The Annual BIFMA Furniture Summit is your opportunity to get updates on all of the ANSI/BIFMA Standards in one place, at one time, and meet the many volunteers in your industry that make it all possible.  Our standards, founded on centuries of craft and enhanced by ever-advancing science, embody the best of our knowledge on safety, ergonomics, and sustainability.
  Typically held in the fall - check the events calendar for more information. 

Continuing Education Units:

BIFMA currently has three continuing education units (CEU) programs for the A&D community, facility managers, commercial building owners, end users, dealers, and manufacturers. The CEU's are approved by AIA (LU|HSW), IDCEC (LU|HSW), and GBCI (LEED AP and WELL AP) CE credit. A fourth course, Why Standards Matter, will be added soon. Refer to the Learning tab in the main navigation of to find the latest materials and information on becoming BIFMA faculty, the unique member benefit to become trained to deliver these courses virtually and in person.

  • Attributes of Contract Furniture. Eight key attributes of commercial furniture are explored and explained for their impact on decision-making for the design professional wanting to make informed selections with safety, sustainability, and wellness at the forefront. The course content will include the importance of original design, an overview of wood and upholstery manufacturing construction methods, impacts on user health & wellness, sustainability of commonly used materials, and the role of certification schemes and evaluation tools to verify each attribute.
  • LEVEL 2019.  This course covers the basics of BIFMA’s e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard, which is the basis for LEVEL certification. The content defines what LEVEL measures, how it works, and how it goes above and beyond other rating systems for addressing furniture’s ecological, social, and wellness impacts. Designers will understand how to find LEVEL certified products and easily include them in the furniture selection process at no added cost.
  • Demystifying Furniture's Role In Sustainability.This course clarifies the process by defining and comparing leading sustainability programs on the market and then explaining the role of sustainable furniture within each. The course overlays the LEVEL rating system and explains its application and relevance to help demystify furniture’s role in sustainability.

To request information about becoming a faculty member, hosting a training session at your company, facility, or for your group, contact Jennifer Wammack, Direcotr of Outreach