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Equip yourself with the most important skills necessary for the facility and property management profession.

Almost every organization occupies buildings. These buildings serve as offices, warehouses, manufacturing centres, data centres, or other facilities to support business needs. Every building needs someone to manage it, whether it is a commercial office building, shopping mall, warehouse or data centre.

Facility managers and property managers are involved in issues including:

  • technical
  • environmental
  • human resources
  • space and leasing
  • real estate strategy

They provide productive, safe, comfortable work environments for their organization’s employees.

This certificate program can help you achieve your professional goals in an interesting and rewarding career. It combines direct facility and property management skills with the broader business and management knowledge needed to thrive in the profession.

This program offers the following benefits:

  • Enrol right away – open admissions with no application required
  • Take courses in any order – no prerequisites needed
  • Take Ryerson degree-credit courses
  • Apply for merit-based awards

What Will You Learn?

Courses cover the main areas of expertise and knowledge for all facility managers and property managers, regardless of industry, building type, or current role.

The certificate structure allows you to select the courses that best suit your current role, or position yourself for future roles.

After completing the certificate, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance and role of facility and property management in your organization.
  • Know how to work with other fields and departments to deliver your responsibilities and provide guidance to others related to your field of expertise.
  • Learn how to manage the staff and contractors required to deliver services, including procuring and hiring them.
  • Understand your legal responsibilities and the risks, regulations, and laws that apply in facilities.
  • Recognize the impact of facilities on the environment and how to reduce that impact through sustainable initiatives.
  • Know the systems and basic technical and operational principles involved with managing a building.
  • Manage your organization’s space, including planning office space and managing moves, relocations, and minor construction.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

This certificate is ideal if you are currently:

  • Working in the profession for a small company and want to expand your responsibilities with a larger organization.
  • Working in a related field such as architecture, engineering, or a building trade and want to move into the facility or property management profession.
  • Working in a junior or specialist role and want to advance your career.
  • Interested in a career change and need a foundation to get you into the facility or property management profession.

This program provides knowledge and skills for those pursuing careers in the facility and property management industry.

Facility and Property Management students include:

  • Office managers, building coordinators, technicians, leasing managers, custodians/janitors, and others who want to move up the ladder in their existing organizations.
  • Existing facility and property managers in small organizations who want a designation that will help them transition their career into larger portfolios.
  • People from other industries looking for a career change to an interesting and exciting new career path.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Each of your instructors has hands-on practical experience and is currently working in the facility management or property management profession.

They will provide a valuable combination of coursework and instruction as well as practical examples, anecdotes, site visits, guest speakers, and experiences that tie their specific course into the overall profession and enable you to see the practical application of the knowledge you learn in class.

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Industry and Careers

Facility and property management is a hidden career, with few direct career paths from high school into the industry. As a result, many people come from other related jobs or careers, and have administrative, architectural, engineering, or technical backgrounds.

The industry is large and relatively stable, with jobs in small companies and large multi-national conglomerates. It covers all types of facilities in both the public and private sectors.

For example, as a facility manager, you could work for public sector entities such as:

  • the federal or provincial government
  • municipalities
  • school boards
  • universities or colleges
  • hospitals
  • courthouses

In the private sector, you could work for:

  • legal firms
  • manufacturers
  • high-tech companies
  • charities
  • hotels or resorts
  • insurance companies
  • retail companies

Every organization leases or owns their real estate and needs someone with the right training and background to manage this important asset for them.

Certificate Requirements

  • Six required courses
    • Two 19.5-hour courses are considered equivalent to one 39-hour course
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+
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Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • Successful completion of a minimum two-year post-secondary program

OR

  • Mature student status with related professional experience and education

Recommended Course Sequence 

There are no required course sequences or prerequisites. However, if you are new to the industry or have limited experience, we recommend starting with CDFM 102.

Awards and Financial Aid

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the courses available online?

Yes. Due to COVID-19, we are currently only offering courses online.

How long will it take to complete the certificate?

Certificate completion will depend on how many classes you take each term and when those classes are available. Review the course delivery schedule to get a better idea of how long it might take you to complete the program.

How many courses do I need to take to complete the certificate?

You are required to complete the equivalent of six (6) 39-hour courses from any combination of 39-hour courses and 19.5-hour courses. Two (2) 19.5-hour courses are equivalent to one (1) 39-hour course. See the “Required Courses” menus on this page for more information about each course.

Do I have to register for the Certificate in Facility and Property Management before I take a course?

No, you can enrol in courses right away. However, please note that if you plan to pursue the full certificate, you must register for the certificate before you complete 50 percent of the requirements.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Michel Theriault, Academic Coordinator.

Email:  mtheriault@ryerson.ca

Additional Details

Courses

2 19.5-hour courses may be completed as the equivalent of 1 39-hour course.
2 19.5-hour courses may be completed as the equivalent of 1 39-hour course.