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Introduction to Facilities Management

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Course Overview

Whether you are looking to start a career in FM or enhance your current expertise, this course provides a foundation knowledge and insight into the skills needed to excel in this dynamic field. This 12-week course is designed to provide you with a foundation knowledge of the principles and practices of facilities management (FM).

Introduction to Facilities Management

Level Short Course Qualification Portobello Certificate
Online with live lectures
Duration 12 weeks
Start date
1st Year Fees €795.00

This content of this course introduces you to the concepts of facilities management, enhancing your ability to navigate and understand this fast-paced sector. You will gain insight into the methods and skills necessary to complete tasks and solve problems within the FM environment.

Upon completion, you will be awarded a Portobello Institute Certificate in Introduction Facilities Management.

This course also offers the option of completing an IWFM single subject award at UK level 3 entitled Introduction to Facilities Management.

The IWFM qualification is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification in the field of facilities management and you will be required to complete an additional assessment. There is an additional charge of €195 to complete the IWFM assessment for the single award.

This module addresses the definition of facilities management, its role within organisations, and how it can be set up in ways that will help the organisation to function more effectively. It addresses the potential impact of an organisation’s arrangements for facilities management on the organisation’s internal environment.

Gerry Kelly


For over 40 years Gerry worked in both the Private and Public Sectors. During that time, he held the position of Chief Executive with a Semi State Organisation; Press Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Minister for Labour; Senior Director Roles in Public Relations, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Customer…...

For over 40 years Gerry worked in both the Private and Public Sectors. During that time, he held the position of Chief Executive with a Semi State Organisation; Press Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Minister for Labour; Senior Director Roles in Public Relations, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Customer Service, Corporate and Social Responsibility and Emotional Intelligence in State and Semi State Bodies. Prior to working in the Public Sector, he worked in the Printing Industry where he introduced the first computer setting facility to the Commercial Printing Sector in Ireland. He was also Ireland’s Graphic Designer of the Year.

Working with Portobello Institute for the past 7 years he is Programme Manager for the Facilities Management BSc and MSc Programmes. He also provides student support and mentoring on the Institutes IWFM Programmes along with lecturing on the Institutes CSR, Customer Relations, Strategic Management and Risk Management Programmes. His main reason for supporting Portobello is to continue working with people on their personal and career development while sharing with them his world of work experiences.

Gerry has direct hands-on and tutoring experience of almost 20 years in the areas of Customer Service, Active Citizenship and Corporate and Social Responsibility and has studied Active Citizenship and Corporate and Social Responsibility at Northwestern University Chicago; Advanced Strategic Management and International Marketing at the International Management Development Institute, Geneva; Commerce at UCD and Senior Executive Development, Irish Management Institute.

Working with Multi-National Corporations in Ireland, the US and Europe he designed, developed, tutored and implemented over 100 Corporate and Social Responsibility, Customer Service, Education, Emotional Intelligence and Cross Border Programmes targeted at influencing and improving the work opportunities and lives of people living in the Inner Cities of Belfast and Dublin.

This course has been specifically designed for delivery by online learning with live interactive webinar sessions.
The webinars are scheduled weekly on the same evening to give structure to your learning journey and encourage you to continue to progress through the programme.
This course starts on the 1st of October 2024 and runs to the 17th of December 2024.
This is an entry level programme and no previous academic qualifications are necessary.
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Online with live lectures

Course: €795

€795.00 Year 1 total fee

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Janice O’Toole


Education is a journey that we all begin and finish at different points in our lives. I support students from all walks of life as they map out the path to their dream career. As I am often the first point of contact for many prospective students, I am excited to introduce students to the Portobello Institute experience. I love learning about students’ ideas, goals, and passions, and this job allows me to do so.

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