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 - students who reside outside the island of Ireland at the time of their exams have the choice to sit an exam remotely using ATU Sligo’s online invigilator service (proctoring) - therefore, there is no requirement to travel to Ireland for examinations. Students that reside in Ireland at the time of examinations will be required to sit their exams in an exam centre.

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2022

Entry Requirements

Level 5 qualification (e.g. leaving certificate) and currently in full time employment in a related role 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.myexperience.ie which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at admissions@itsligo.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 ordinary degree programme at ATU Sligo or another Institute.

Programme Fees

Fees

 

Total Programme Fees:

€7,900

Fees per annum:

€3,950