Higher Certificate in Property Services and Facilities Management

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Credits 120*
  • Course Code SG_SPROP_C06
  • Award Higher Certificate
  • Duration 2

Course Summary

ATU Sligo in formal collaboration with the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI) are delighted to offer Ireland’s first online part time Higher Certificate in Property Services and Facilities Management. As a result of regulation in the property sector, this programme addresses a national skills deficit and enables graduates apply to the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PRSA) to be granted A, B, C and D licenses.

The course is designed to equip students with knowledge of all factors affecting the property and facilities management profession. Students will develop a keen understanding of the marketplace and a skillset that will enable them to influence and adapt to changes in the property market as they arise.

Graduates will also be able to ensure that the property and facilities management profession remains proactive to the fast-paced changing environment in which it operates. Graduates will leave with a high degree of professional competence and will have well developed analytical, critical, judgemental and communication skills.

Key Course Information

The programme is delivered part-time online over two stages.

Stage one of the programme consists of six taught modules and a Work Based Learning module delivered over one academic year (September to May). The taught modules examine key aspects relating to Facilities Management. Work Based Learning (WBL) is a key component of the programme and accounts for 25 credits. The purpose of the WBL module is to enable students to demonstrate the ability to apply their learning on an on-going basis throughout the year in the context of the academic content delivered on the programme.

Stage two of the programme consists of six taught modules and a 25 credit Work Based Learning module delivered over one academic year (September to May). The taught modules examine key aspects relating to Property Services.

Programme Attendance Requirements

Classes - students remotely attend live online classes, including software tutorials. Should a student miss a live class they can view the recording whenever it suits them. Software is available for the duration of the course via remote access to our on-campus PCs or students may choose to download free student licences directly to their home PC/laptop. On average students will study three taught modules per semester - in addition to this there will a year long work based learning module. Typically there will be three live lectures per week - each live lecture lasts for  approximately 1 hour. In addition to attending the lectures students will be required to undertake self study (3-5hrs per week per module). Live lectures will be delivered on Monday - Thursday evenings after 6pm. 

Workshops - a face to face workshop day will held each semester in either Sligo or Dublin. Attendance at the workshop day is encouraged but is not mandatory. Workshops are normally held on a Friday.

Exams - For Examinations, students may have to attend at the ATU campus through which they completed their studies. For some programmes it may be possible for the Exam to be taken remotely via online proctoring. ATU Students resident in the Republic of Ireland will be invited to attend exams at an exam centre located in Ireland. Students’ resident outside of Ireland or with exceptional circumstances may be eligible to attend remotely via online proctoring, where examinations are taken online and supervised virtually, subject to availability.For further information, please visit our examinations hub.

Application Closing Date : 16th August 2024

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a level 5 qualification (e.g. Leaving Cert) and must currently be in full-time employment in a related role, for entry purposes and for the duration of the programme, in the Property Services or Facilities Management Industry. This employment requirement is necessary as there is a work based learning module that must be undertaken. 
For candidates without level 5 qualifications, a process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be undertaken to assess the candidates’ suitability to the course. Applicants with other qualifications and with relevant work experience may also be considered through ATU Sligo’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process. RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions / credit from some parts of a programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work and career. Further information is available through www.atu.ie/recognition-of-prior-learning which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at admissions.sligo@atu.ie

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme will typically be involved in facility management, property management (residential/commercial/retail), service providers to the industry or public sector employees involved in hospital/OPW/local authorities/social housing etc.

Further Study

On successful completion of this programme learners may consider enrolling on a related course at ATU Sligo such as our Bachelor of Science in Property Services and Facilities Management (Online) and Certificate in Auctioneering and Estate Agency Practice (Online).

Programme Fees

Academic Year 2024/25 Fees

Total Programme Fee: €7,900

To help make the payment of fees more manageable for students who are self-funding their studies, tuition fees can be paid through payment instalment plans at ATU Sligo. For further information on instalment plans, please visit our Fees and Funding webpage

If you apply and are approved for an online course at ATU Sligo, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place. Your deposit will then be credited against the course fees once you are registered as a student. Students at ATU Sligo are also eligible to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees.

For further information and guidance about Fees and Funding for online and part-time courses at ATU Sligo, click here.

If you are seeking to take your exams online, and you meet the eligibility criteria (overseas students and those with extenuating circumstances), an additional examinations fee will apply. For further information, please visit our Examinations webpage