Delivered online with webinars, you can work full-time and study this IWFM Level 4 Certificate in Facilities Management. This qualification is ideal for professionals working at an operational management level, responsible for managing day-to-day operations either in-house or outsourced. It is also suitable for those aspiring to work in such a role that currently work within the FM profession.
Start Date12th October 2023
QualificationIWFM Level 4
Course Duration5 months
Resolving non-routine problems that are complex is the everyday role of the FM manager. To be successful, the FM manager needs a broad understanding of facilities management. Over 20 weeks, this IWFM Level 4 Certificate in Facilities Management programme seeks to equip you with the skills and competencies to identify and understand the issues that arise every day in the FM world.
The delivery of this programme is by interactive webinar sessions and online learning allowing you the flexibility to study from a location convenient to you. Webinars are recorded allowing you the opportunity to catch up should you miss a session.
As an academic Institution we recognise, in Portobello Institute, every student has different needs. We allocate additional time at the end of each webinar for Q&A with the module lecturer. This interactive webinar, together with the one to one support available, gives a learning journey unique to your learning style and needs.
Upon completion of this programme, you will be able to;
- Understand facilities management as a broad function
- Understand how to address complex, non-routine problems
- Develop skills required to effectively manage a team
Why should I study this course?
An IWFM qualification, enables career progression and improves your earning potential within the industry. It is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification in the field of facilities management which enhances your credibility in the workplace. This qualification will provide you with knowledge and skills that are aligned to the Professional Standards.
Here are some reasons to choose to study with Portobello:
- Accelerated programme completing your professional body qualification in five months.
- Career focused qualifications – our courses lead to awards that offer you the opportunity of industry focused qualifications.
- This qualification offers you the opportunity for advanced entry to facilities management degree programme.
- Realistic entry requirements – our entry requirements are reflective of the academic ability needed to successfully complete this course. These are clearly stated and remain static regardless of demand for places.
- Individualised support – we fit your learning model with support available when you need it throughout your learning journey.
- SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
- Industry expert tutors – our tutors are all industry practitioners connecting research and theory with industry practice throughout their lectures.
- Condensed scheduling – we value your time by ensuring your timetable is optimised for delivery.
- Affordable payment options – all our courses offer you the option to choose an easy payment plan supporting you to spread the cost out over your learning journey.
Who will recognise my qualification?
Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded the IWFM Level 4 Certificate in Facilities Management. This is equivalent to an award at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK
The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available here.
What will I study during this IWFM Level 4 – Starts October ’23 course?
The purpose of this course is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and competence to use as a facilities manager in a range off complex FM environments. The IWFM Level 4 Certificate will give you a thorough understanding of facilities management within the context of an organisation. You will develop capability to manage health and safety issues within your own area of FM. You will learn to identify areas of risk and develop an understanding of core elements of risk management. You will gain an understanding financial management in context of FM and develop core skills of people management.
Overview of Facilities Management
This unit enables learners to develop an understanding of the scope and extent of the facilities management function and the range of associated services, the roles and responsibilities in different organisations and contexts as well as the importance of the contribution of facilities management in both societal and economic contexts.
Managing Health & Safety in Own Area of FM
This unit enables learners to develop and enhance knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety in the workplace and the Facilities Manager’s role and responsibilities in monitoring and reviewing safety systems.
Risk Management in FM
This unit enables learners to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles, techniques and methodologies of risk management in a range of scenarios and the Facilities Manager’s role in business continuity planning and disaster recovery.
This unit enables learners to develop knowledge and understanding of the drivers, tools and principals involved in developing and monitoring facilities management strategies in relation to risk profiles and the overall business strategy.
Implementing Sustainability in the Workplace
Core Module – 20 credits at Level 9
Underpinning effective sustainability management requires those responsible for the workplace to understand how to implement sustainability policy and re-think the manner in which they discharge their duties. Examining sustainable practices, across different size organisations and economic sectors, supports the development and understanding needed, to develop more effective approaches. This ensures sustainability policies can be progressed for managing the non-core business activities whilst also aligning with the core business strategies.
This module covers the following;
The methods and implementation of sustainability practices for improved building performance
Production and consumption – the value chain and processes for sourcing, producing and consuming sustainably
Compliance and best practice in sustainability
The role of leadership and communication for change action.
Who will I learn from?
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.
Personal Academic Tutor
Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.
Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.
This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.
How will I learn?
The IWFM Level 4 Certificate has been specifically designed for delivery by online learning with live interactive webinar sessions. It is very suited to you if you have a busy work and home life and want to fit study around this.
During the induction, you will be given your log-in details to the online portal, “ePortobello”. Here you will find course notes, reading lists, articles of interest and assessment guidelines. The content is structured in an easy to “find and follow” format. You will need basic computer skills such as searching the internet and typing a word document. The webinars are scheduled every 2nd week on the same evening to give structure to your learning journey and encourage you to continue to progress through the programme. The break between webinars allows you time to work on the assessment.
There is one to one tutor support available to you during your learning journey. You can upload your assessments and your support tutor will give you feedback on whether you are on the right track. Online learning allows you to study at your time with support available when you need it. Integrated throughout the programme are webinars, designed to give you the connection between theory and practice in facilities management.
The Difference between Blended and Online with Webinars Delivery Modes
There are two delivery mode options to study facilities management courses in Portobello Institute.
Blended learning offers you the opportunity to study with lectures delivered at the weekends. This condensed scheduling is specifically designed to fit into your life as a working facilities management professional.
All online lectures are recorded for you to catch-up later. You may have the option to attend a lecture delivered onsite – these onsite lectures will simultaneously be delivered online and will also be recorded so you can customise your learning journey – attend on-site, online, or catch-up later.
Online with Webinars – lectures are delivered online and may be schedule during the evening or at weekends. You will not be required to attend on-site lectures if you are enrolled on a course with this delivery mode. All lectures are delivered online and are recorded so you can catch-up later.
Having the flexibility to choose whether you attend a lecture as it is taking place or to catch up later means you can seamlessly access and fit education into your life whilst still continuing with your everyday life.
This IWFM level 4 programme is available to study through webinars and online content. The content is available on “ePortobello” and is structured in an easy to follow “week by week” format.
The webinars are scheduled once per month to give structure to your learning journey and encourage you to continue to progress through the programme. The break between webinars allows you time to work on the assessment. It takes 5 months to complete the webinars with a further 6 weeks available for submission of assignments at the end of the course. Webinars are recorded and should you miss a session, you can catch up with the recorded session at a later date. You will only be able to access Webinars of the group you are assigned to.
The programme commences with an induction webinar that gives you the details of what to expect throughout the course, how to access the information on ePortobello, how to contact your programme support team and an overview of the course and assessments you will complete during the 8 months of this programme. The induction session is held usually 3 – 5 days, prior to the start date of the course.
What is a Webinar?
A webinar, in the context of online learning, is a lecturer delivering a presentation or class online to a group of students. We use specifically designed e-learning software so you can participate in the class just as if you were present in the same room. You can ask a question of the lecturer at any stage during the class. The software is designed with “break-out rooms” where you can discuss a topic or complete a group exercise with a smaller group from your class. You will need a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone that has internet connection, an audio facility so you can hear and speak during the class and a camera so your lecturer and fellow class participants can see you. The webinar is a secure online environment and only those permitted entry by the lecturer can gain access to the “classroom”. Webinars are recorded during each session and should you miss a session, you can catch up with the recorded session at a later date. You will only be able to access Webinars of the group you are assigned to.
You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query or submit a draft of your assessment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance.
Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports therapy practitioners as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.
|12/10/2023||Essential Assessment Tools New Cohort students ONLY Induction|
|21/10/2023||FM4.05 Managing Health and Safety in Own Area of FM|
|11/11/2023||FM4.19 Understanding Sustainability and environmental issues and their impact on FM|
|08/12/2023||FM4.02 FM Strategy|
|13/01/2024||FM4.06 – Risk Management|
|17/02/2024||FM4.01Overview of FM|
Overview of the Course Schedule
Interactive webinar sessions are held between 12th October ’23 and 17th February ’24 on the dates detailed above.
Additional time is allowed at the end of the programme for assessment submission.
These sessions are recorded should you be unable to attend
Additional time is allowed at the end of the programme for assessment submission.
These sessions are recorded should you be unable to attend
How will I be assessed?
Assignments are work-based, reflecting live business projects and activities. These are the core assessment techniques used for this qualification.
Gain advanced entry into year 2 of our BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management
Holders of an IWFM level 4 certificate can gain advanced entry into year 2 of our BSc (Hons) Facilities & Workplace Management degree. This means with two years of further study you can hold an honours degree in facilities management.
BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management – Starts September ’23
Designed for blended learning, you can work full-time whilst studying this BSc in Facilities and Workplace Management. This BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management draws on the range of disciplines from financial to risk management, leadership to project management, and operation management to innovation and business development. This programme is aimed at those, working in the facilities or workplace management sector or working in support services/trades to the FM sector, seeking to develop their skills and knowledge to degree level to advance their career.
Start Date30th September 2023
MSc in Facilities & Workplace Management – Starts October ’23
Delivered through blended learning, you can work full-time and study this MSc in Facilities and Workplace Management. This MSc in Facilities Management builds upon your knowledge and experience from undergraduate studies/ experiential learning in the workplace and sets out to develop the critical and practical skills which can be applied in the practice of facilities and operational management in a highly competitive global market place.
Start Date7th October 2023
New – Postgraduate Certificate in Facilities Management – PGC – Starts October ’23
This is a postgraduate certificate, internationally recognised as an advanced level of study and qualification for those wishing to enhance their existing qualifications and advance to more senior positions in facilities and workplace management.
Start Date7th October 2023
Speak to an expert
Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice. Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have.
It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.
I am Brandon McLean, the Corporate Admissions Manager here at the Portobello Institute and I can be contacted on 01 892 0035.
Education is a journey and the destination is a career that you love. I support the department that helps you to plan your journey so you can find the path that’s right for you. I have been with Portobello since 2018 and I love the elation that you can see on the face and hear in the voice of a student who talks through a complicated goal, who we can provide with a simple solution. When the conversation has finished and they can clearly see the path forward, I am thrilled. Education is a milestone in determining your future, and I cannot think of a better milestone to have a hand in.
How do I apply?
The IWFM Level 4 programme is ideal for professionals working at an operational management level, responsible for managing day-to-day operations either in-house or outsourced. It is also suitable for those aspiring to work in such a role that currently work within the FM profession.
Our experienced course adviser team are available to support you with your programme choice. If you are unsure if this programme is right for you, please email your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice or call him on 01-892-0036. We will support you to map your experience to date and any previous educational experience you may have to the IWFM programmes so that you can select the course best suited to your career ambition and educational experience. We will support you to map your experience to date and any previous educational experience you may have to the IWFM programmes so that you can select the course best suited to your career ambition and educational experience.
Complete the online booking form.
Applicants will be contacted for confirmation of the entry criteria.
Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants upon reviewal of their application.
Fees & Payment Options
Per academic year.
Total amount payable.
Easy Payment Plan
Deposit of 30% on booking. Balance to be paid in 2 instalments due on the 1st of the month commencing the month after the course starts. Protection for Learner insurance is included in the Easy Payment Plan.
Deposit + 2 Instalments
Deposit payment (€807.00), followed by 2 scheduled payments every 1 month(s). Includes one off instalment fee of €195.00.
- €941.50 due on 1st November 2023.
- €941.50 due on 1st December 2023.