Pathway in facilities management
BIFM courses are intended for professionals who normally have experience in the facilities management sector. The distinction between the two levels is explained below. The College has an extensive track record in this field and provides the courses through a team who have considerable subject, educational and industrial expertise.
The structure, which complies with the requirements of the Qualifications and Credit Framework, comprises assignments for a range of mandatory and optional units for either qualification. Assessment of these units is by written assignments.
This level. programme
is intended for those aspiring to become facilities managers or those in middle
management with little fm experience and who wish to enhance their specialist
and management skills. Once a learner has achieved at least
two units at level 4 to qualify for the Award,
or four units to qualify for the Certificate, an opportunity exists to switch
to Level 5 Award/Certificate/Doploma.
Award: will give you an overview of the basic slills and knowledge needed at this level. Minimum 12 credits (one Mandatory unit (6 credits) and Option units (6 credits).
Certificate: will provide you with a more comprehensive coverage of the subject. Minimum 24 credits (two Mandatory units (12 credits) and two Option units (14 credits).
This BIFM course is for those working at middle or senior management level who are responsible for specialised specialised and complex functions. This level is also applicable to those without such experience and wish to enhance their subject and management skills. The programme is offered in three sizes:
Award: will give you succinct overview of the basic slills and knowledge needed at this level. Minimum 12 credits (one Mandatory unit (6 credits) and Option units (6 credits).
Certificate: will provide you with a more comprehensive coverage of the subject. Minimum 24 credits (two Mandatory units (14 credits) and one Option units (10 credits).
Diploma: will provide the full package of skills, knowledge and understanding for a comprehensive coverage of facilities management. Minimum 48 credits (five Mandatory units (32 credits) and Option units (16 credits).
The delivery for the Level 5 Diploma programme will be approximately 15 months on one evening per week over four terms. There are lectures, workshop sessions and tutorials. Sessions are interactive and tutor led. The course for the certificate programme could also extend over this period and is dependant on the units selected and the order they are delivered. Read more...
This BIFM course is intended for senior fm managers who are working in mid to upper management levels in a broader facilities management sector and who wish to enhance their specialist and management skills. Applicants at this level would normally have budgetary responsibility as part of their role. The delivery for this programme makes it possible for learners to enrol at convenient points in the year when a new unit starts. Read more...
The lectures and workshops are provided one evening per week for the number of weeks quoted. These are interactive lecturer led sessions, where learners are expected to share their experiences with the group. Whilst documentation will be provided, learners are required to purchase and study the books shown on the reading list. Learners may also need to develop new skills, such as analysis, communication and a range of presentation methods. The workshops will focus on both subject information and skills necessary to support the assignments. Attending all of the college sessions will generally not be adequate for individuals to complete the programme or units. Learners must expect to frequently allocate a significant amount of their own time in order to research, prepare, edit, finalise and submit assignments in order to be successful.
The Course is operated on a roll-on roll-off basis. Subject to agreement with the Course Leader, applicants may commence their studies at the first week of any new unit. This means that access to the course is not restricted to one or two occasions in the year.
Whilst many applicants wish to commit themselves to a particular outcome, learners may start by undertaking studies for one or a small number of units and later decide to assemble their credits for one of the Certificates or Diplomas mentioned above.
Recognition of Prior Learning or Exemptions of Certified Achievements
Applicants may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Exemptions for Certificated Achievements outside of the Qualifications and Credit Framework. Applicants who wish to check the possibility of an RPL or of an exemption should contact the course leader.
Contact the college and and meet the course leader to discuss this course in more detail and to find how it fits in with your personal needs and plans. All applicants will be interviewed, these may be arranged during a lunch hour or near the end of the day.
* The BIFM is the 'natural home' of facilities management in the UK. Founded in 1993, the institute provides information, education, training and networking services for over 12,000 members - both individual professionals and organisations. See our entry on the BIFM website.