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Facilities Management Certificate Program

Thank you for your interest in this program from UCI Division of Continuing Education. UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education is excited to partner with our sister campus to expand our offerings to you. Students will enroll, register and pay all fees for this program through the UCI Division of Continuing Education. Upon completion of the program, UCI will provide a certificate of completion as well as an official course transcript.

Program at a Glance

  • 12-18 months
  • Online
  • $4,975


Facility management is a wide-ranging industry that is always in demand, offering competitive wages. It is the practice of coordinating the physical work environment with the people and work of an organization. This discipline integrates the principles of business administration, architecture, and the behavioral and engineering sciences. This certificate program furthers your understanding of this diverse field with an innovative series of courses focusing on design and management of facilities, from concept to installation, to long-term efficient use. You will learn from industry professionals on topics such as space planning, leadership, construction management and project management.

Who Should Enroll

  • Individuals who desire to enter the facilities management profession or other facilities fields
  • Professionals who are involved in the design or management of facilities, building operations, maintenance operations, construction, or occupational safety
  • Facilities professionals who wish to increase their knowledge in specific areas in preparation for the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Certified Facility Manager (CFM) examination

What You'll Learn

  • Broaden skills and knowledge of all areas relating to facilities management and other areas dealing with facilities
  • Obtain valuable insight about the impact of technology on the design and management of efficient facilities
  • Gain knowledge to help prepare for credential exams such as IFMA's Certified Facility Manager (CFM)

Occupational summary for property, real estate, and community association managers in the US:

  • 207,643 Annual Job Openings (2019)
  • 11.3% Projected Growth (2019-2029)
  • $58k Median Salary (Highly experienced workers can earn up to $126k)

A certificate is awarded upon completion of 18 credit units (9 required and 9 elective credit units) with a grade of “C” or better in each course. It is recommended that candidates complete the required courses prior to the elective courses.

To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $125 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the digital certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

  • Program cost: $5,236
  • A one-time, nonrefundable registration fee of $125 must be paid before completing this certificate program

Required Courses

Course Title Online Enroll Start Date
  • Fundamentals of Facilities Management
  • Increase your understanding of Facilities Management with an overview of the principle duties of a facility manager. Learn the practical applications that will help you understand the business aspects of facilities management. Gain an understanding of the diverse responsibilities and decision-making processes from building infrastructure to fleet services. Acquire the insight needed to meet budget restraints while improving productivity, efficiency, and employee quality of life issues. (3.00 units)
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  • Facilities Design and Space Planning
  • Master the successful applications of facilities design including defining the requirements of a project, developing design strategies, implementing corporate philosophies and methodologies, and understanding the Project Development Process. Gain the knowledge that will help you increase your confidence as a project leader and assure the success of your future projects. Whether you are managing multiple, small departmental relocations or anticipating a large project, these professional skills will assure you of greater success. (3.00 units)
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  • Leadership for Facilities Professionals
  • Facilities managers manage both facilities operations and personnel. Gain practical knowledge that can be used on the job to enhance your leadership skills and improve productivity. Explore topics that include: a supervisor’s role within an organization, verbal and written communication skills, problem-solving techniques, managing a budget, strategic planning, ethics, and team development. If you supervise or manage within a facilities management organization or in an environment where technical, professional, or trades people are working, this course is for you. (3.00 units)
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Elective Courses (Minimum 9 units)

Course Title Online Enroll Start Date
  • Principles of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Gain practical knowledge on heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems as applied to building comfort systems. Enhance your knowledge of all aspects of HVAC-R systems. Explore topics that include: thermodynamics, psychrometrics, forced air and hydronic heating systems, LEED certification levels, and current issues regarding building sustainability. Facilities managers, building engineers, and maintenance and service mechanics will find this course of interest. (3.00 units)
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  • Financial Analysis for Facility Professionals
  • Financial management skills are a must have in a facilities management career in our current economic environment. This course will not only guide you through the basic terminologies and tools, it will enhance all the talents you currently bring while educating you thoroughly to perform financial analysis with a facility management twist. You will reap the benefits of being able to comprehend and perform financial analysis through practical experience with real life financial analysis scenarios. Acquire the skills that can help you reason, process, develop and present both an operating and capital budget along with analysis to help you sell your projects, such as: Payback, Life-Cycle Costing, Return on Investment (ROI), Return on Assets (ROA), Net Present Value (NPV), and Present Value (PV). You will also explore alternative financial analysis strategies to assist in establishing cost effective practices. (3.00 units)
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  • Project Management Essentials for Facilities Professionals
  • Most growing organizations rely on a Project Management process to expand their services and products to grow the bottom line. As a Facilities Manager, developing the skills and knowledge with up-to-date Project Management standards such as Organizational Influences and Project Life Cycle, Processes, Project Integration Management, Project Scope, Time and Cost Management, Project Quality Management, Project Human Resource Management, Project Communication Management, Project Risk Management and Project Procurement Management all aide in one being able to effectively manage projects, and managing the daily Facilities Maintenance and Operations. As a Facilities Manager, this course will walk you through such critical knowledge areas utilizing real-world Project Management fundamentals, techniques, methods and essential tools to achieve organizational results. (3.00 units)
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  • Managing Indoor Air Quality
  • People spend 90% of their time indoors. In order to protect their safety and health, it is crucial to protect the indoor air quality (IAQ) through facility design and management. This course is therefore designed to examine the threat posed to the indoor air quality in schools, work places and office buildings. Participants will list various factors that contribute to poor indoor air quality. Participants will also gain a deeper understanding regarding the relation between indoor air quality and energy efficiency. The course addresses the role of indoor air quality in green building design and sustainability. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements related to indoor air quality will be reviewed. In addition, the role of mechanical ventilation systems in causing indoor air quality problems and the resolution of those problems will be discussed. The course will explore the sources of indoor air pollutants, "sick building syndrome," mold, and indoor air quality program management and regulatory requirements. (3.00 units)
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  • Energy Management for Facilities Managers
  • Today’s successful facility managers are multi-dimensional professionals with a broad array of skills that are critical to the success of any organization. One of these critical must have skill is the effective management of facility energy cost and consumption. More and more companies today are learning that clean energy and efficient use of utility resources are not only integral to corporate environmental sustainability but are also a must to keep corporate operating cost down to stay competitive in today’s era of lean budgets. This course will provide the foundational knowledge and fundamental skills that every Facility Manager needs to be a well-rounded professional and make an immediate impact in a company’s quest towards achieving a sustainable and cost-effective energy program. (3.00 units)
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Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.