BIFMA launches online training portal

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The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) rolled out an online training portal for delivering accreditation courses to members.

BIFMA said last week that it launched BIFMA Learning, a new portal for training and education that is accessible at

Initially, BIFMA Learning will serve as the training platform for BIFMA faculty, individuals who are authorized to deliver the association’s Continuing Education Unit (CEU)-accredited courses in person or via webinar.

Any associate from a member company may participate. BIFMA currently offers three courses, all of which meet standards for CEUs by the accrediting bodies IDCEC, AIA and GBCI.

“We are happy to share our expertise by providing high-value continuing education that meets health, safety, and welfare requirements for interior designers and architects,” said Jennifer Wammack, director of outreach for BIFMA

BIFMA Learning was launched with the addition of a new course, “Attributes of Contract Furniture.” This CEU explains eight of the key attributes that drive furniture decisions in the commercial built environment — aesthetics, quality, craftsmanship, safety, performance, health and wellness, sustainability and verification.

The course provides the tools for making choices with user safety at the core.

In the near future, BIFMA Learning will expand to provide on-demand content for those seeking to fulfill their continuing education requirements in interior design (IDCEC), architecture (AIA) and green building (LEED AP and WELL AP), according to BIFMA.

Founded in 1973, BIFMA is a not-for-profit trade association serving business and institutional furniture manufacturers.

The association develops furniture safety, durability and sustainability standards; educates the stakeholder community on the importance and proper use of these standards; provides industry statistics and forecasts to members and the public; and advocates for regulatory conditions that “enhance value and foster innovation.”

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