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Building Environmental Systems - Facility Management (Certificate)

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Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

This program is for entry-level managers or current managers of building systems and building operations staff. It covers the essential elements of building operations administration, staffing, communications with an introduction to the legal and financial requirements for this industry.

This program will be of interest to:

  • Graduates of Class I and II Operator levels of the Building Environmental Systems Program.
  • Newly appointed Facility Managers.
  • Industry personnel wishing to upgrade their skills and knowledge in facility management.
  • Those with an engineering or business background seeking a career change.

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
    Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)

  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates have reliably demonstrated the following learning outcomes:

  • Identify and describe building classifications and occupancies
  • Define the facility manager’s role in various types of building ownership
  • Apply government regulations related to property and building administration
  • Manage energy efficiency, barrier-free access, procurement, health and safety, waste and recycling
  • Prepare and use budgets to control costs
  • Participate in long-range planning
  • Interpret and use financial reports
  • Apply controls to the work of a facility department
  • Perform recruitment, selection, hiring, training and monitoring staff in accordance with acceptable human resources principles and legislative requirements
  • Use effective oral and written communications of technical information

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Government ministry or agency
  • Health-care facility
  • Large or small business or corporation
  • Not-for-profit organization or educational institution

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
BES 7280BES: Human Relations for Facility ManagersMonthly Intake Online
BES 7282BES: Property Building AdministrationMonthly Intake Online
BES 7283BES: Site Maintenance and Building SafetyMonthly Intake Online
BES 7284BES: Strategic Financial Planning FacilitiesMonthly Intake Online
BES 7180BES; Energy Efficiency - Large BuildingsMonthly Intake Online
BES 6080Building Systems: Practical OverviewMonthly Intake Online
HLTH 1589Fire ProtectionOnline
COMM 2186Technical CommunicationsOnline