Facilities Management

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.

Registered Degree Program

IFMA Registered Facility Management ProgramUCI DCE’s Facilities Management Certificate Program recognized for meeting the global demand of skilled labor in the field.

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education Facilities Management Program is the first certificate program accredited by the Facility Management Accreditation Commission (FMAC) of the IFMA Foundation under their category, Facility Management Registered Degree Program (RDP). The IFMA Foundation accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter the facility management (FM) field leading the way in innovation, emerging building technologies, and anticipating the safety, health, and well-being of facility occupants.

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, engineers, 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) and Facility Management Professional (FMP) examinations

Program Benefits

  • 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 IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager (CFM) and Facility Management Professional (FMP) exams
  • Program curriculum focuses on the core competencies recognized by the International Facility Management Association

Professional Benefits

Individuals with job titles and responsibilities such as facility managers, building supervisors, facilities planners, architects, designers, engineers, and building owners will benefit from these courses. A certificate in facilities management is not just essential for working in the facilities department; it is also an asset to the organization. Today, customers demand that facility manager providers have intimate knowledge of all aspects of a facility while keeping within the organization’s mission and vision. There are two major types of facilities management, Hard FM and Soft FM. Hard FM refers to services relating to the actual structure and systems that make a facility work. This includes fire safety, plumbing, structural, and elevator maintenance. Soft FM refers to services that overlap with property management such as pest control, cleaning, grounds maintenance, and security.

Eligibility and Requirements

Apply to become a candidate for the program: A Declaration of Candidacy is required to establish candidacy in this program. Complete the application and pay the application and candidacy fee of $125 (non-refundable). Learn more about the benefits of becoming a candidate. Candidacy is not required to enroll into individual course in a program.

A candidate in the program is awarded a certificate upon the successful completion of three (3) required courses and three (3) elective courses totaling 18 units, each with a letter grade of “C” or better. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in their first course. To receive the Certified Digital Certificate after the completing all the program requirements, students must submit the Request for Certificate to initiate the certificate audit process. Students not pursuing the certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Continuing Education Credit

Earn CEUs toward IFMA recertification


IFMA members receive a 10% tuition discount

Prepare Yourself for Industry Certification: Accredited as a Facility Management Registered Degree Program (RDP), the Facilities Management certificate program is based on the IFMA eleven core competencies which make up the preeminent certifications for IFMA, including the Certified Facility Manager (CFM) and Facility Management Professional (FMP) designations.

Please visit the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) for more information.

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“I think online classes are so valuable. You can feed off of each other’s information to get the correct solution. When I was in school, we never had this opportunity and were not able to feed off of people who “got it” for help. I have obtained so much more out of these classes than I did the first time through college work.”
— Tim Meyer, Facilities Management Certificate Program Learner
Approximate Cost $4,975
Format Online
Duration 12-18 Months
Total Credits 18
WIOA Approved Program

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Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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