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About the Facilities Management Program

In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, UC San Diego Extension has transitioned all of our in-class courses to an online or hybrid format. Courses listed as "Live Online" will include synchronous (live) remote lessons each week using our Zoom conferencing system. "Online" classes will be comprised of weekly pre-recorded lectures and guided assignments from the instructor. Both course types include communication access to the instructor and classmates.

UC San Diego Extension’s Professional Certificate in Facilities Management offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to equip you with the knowledge, training and tools necessary to make effective and sustainable facilities management decisions that reduce costs while enhancing your organization’s facility and services. Learn strategies and techniques in all areas of competency recognized by the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), including management, finance, communications, software and technology. Explore hot topics and current issues in the industry, including sustainability, productivity, and economics and life cycle cost analysis. Gain insights and tips from experts in the field that you can immediately apply at work.

UC San Diego Extension’s electives in sustainability help facility managers identify ways to use resources more efficiently and create healthy work spaces that increase productivity. You will learn practical energy management solutions, current approaches to recycling and waste management, and life cycle costing strategies that improve sustainability.

For more information: FacilMgtProgram@ucsd.edu

Further reading:
Military Transition: Building a Career in Facilities Management (blog)

  • Gain knowledge of all areas relating to facilities management
  • Gain the core knowledge needed to prepare for credential exams offered throughs the International Association of Facilities Management
  • Courses feature practical applications which can be immediately utilized in and applied to work environments
  • Build skills needed for career advancement
  • Networking opportunities with peers and instructors

The Facilities Management program includes 12 required units and your choice of 8 elective units. Principles of Facilities Management (BUSA-40063) is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to other facilities and sustainability courses. The program can be completed in two years, taking one course per quarter.

Format: In-Person, Online

Online options vary by quarter.

Estimated Cost: $5,105

Cost may vary due to elective course selection.

Duration: 12 -24 Months

Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.

Contact
Department
Business, Professional & Legal Programs
Phone
858-534-6702
Email
FacilMgtProgram@ucsd.edu

Courses

Delivery Method
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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • Number of courses: Four required courses (12 units) and 8 units of elective courses
  • Total units: 20

Complete all four courses.

Principles of Facilities ManagementBUSA-40063

Units: 3.00

$595

Learn critical and practical skills needed for facilities management that you can apply immediately, whether you are looking to enter the industry or increase your knowledge and skill set. Review both...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Planning & Project Management for Facilities ManagersBUSA-40091

Units: 3.00

$595

Are you responsible for developing and executing large projects for your facility? Gain a fundamental understanding of how to use project management concepts in the development, design, and operation ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Facilities Operations & MaintenanceBUSA-40681

Units: 3.00

$595

Proper operations and maintenance (O M) is critical to preserving the large capital investment that companies and building owners have made in their facilities. Proper O M can minimize costs and incre...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Building Systems & TechnologyBUSA-40676

Units: 3.00

$595

Facility managers need a good understanding of building components and systems to maintain and manage them well. Review the function of primary building components and systems, including the structure...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Complete at least 8 units.

Real Estate Property ManagementRELE-40006

Units: 5.00

$400

Property managers play an important role as liaisons between landlords and tenants. However, their jobs may include a much more diverse set of functions. Find out all about this incredible variety of ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Emergency Preparedness and Business ContinuityBUSA-40679

Units: 3.00

TBD

Emergency preparedness and business continuity planning are crucial for successful business and organizations. This course provides an overview of the strategic planning and tactical responses taken b...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

HVAC Systems DesignAMES-40021

Units: 3.00

TBD

During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned all of our Spring and Sum...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Spring

Resource ManagementBUSA-40677

Units: 3.00

$495

Today’s business leaders face a burgeoning demand for both information and management techniques to implement programs on recycling, waste management, and water conservation. These are the issues crit...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Economics and Life Cycle Cost AnalysisENVR-40013

Units: 3.00

$495

Sustainability professionals are frequently charged with defining the economic value of implementing environmental and social sustainability practices. In this course, students will be presented with ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Introduction to SustainabilityBUSA-40729

Units: 3.00

$495

Get an introduction to the basics of environmental sustainability - energy, transportation, water use, recycling, and natural resource life cycles. Discover ways individuals, organizations, and govern...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Lean Six Sigma Green BeltMAE-40013

Units: 4.00

$1,995-$2,495

FREE INFORMATION SESSION:Click HERE to watch a recording of the recent Lean Six Sigma Information Session. Meet the Instructors and learn about the Fall 2021 programs. Join our next LIVE Information...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Interest-Based NegotiationBUSA-40128

Units: 3.00

$615-$625

Becoming a skillful negotiator is essential for all professionals. Learning to produce superior outcomes through negotiations is a learnable skill that can benefit individuals in any field. Negotiatio...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Business Communication SkillsBUSA-40368

Units: 3.00

$595

Being able to communicate your ideas accurately and persuasively is essential in a business environment. Explore the communication skills necessary to be productive in today s complex workplace. Disco...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Financial Accounting for Non-AccountantsBUSA-40009

Units: 4.00

$695

Gain an overview of how to use accounting and financial data for more effective and profitable decisions. Learn the information necessary to interpret and evaluate the financial effects of day-to-day ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Managing for Maximum PerformanceBUSA-40673

Units: 3.00

$595

Effective managers realize that organizational success is based on so much more than the contributions of its individuals alone. Success is based on the effective management of teams working togethe...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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Conditions for Admission

UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.

Industry Certification & Guidelines

Upon completion of this certificate students will be prepared to pursue professional credentials offered through the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA). Visit IFMA at www.IFMA.org

Industry Requirements

The Professional Certificate in Facilities Management includes courses that address all competency areas recognized by the IFMA.

  • Planning & Project Management
  • Real Estate & Property Management
  • Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity
  • Leadership & Strategy
  • Finance
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Quality
  • Human Factors
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Communication
  • Technology

Advisory Board

James Forcier

Director, Facilities Management, Planning & Design

UC San Diego Extension

Bob Gilleskie, PE

Consultant

LightPoint Consulting Services

Frederick Krishon, PE, RCE

Senior Consultant

Facility Engineering Associates, P.C.

Jolie Lucas, MBA, B. Arch, LEED AP, AICP

Senior Military Planner

AECOM

Jose Restrepo

Professor

Jacob School of Engineering, UCSD

David Timber , MPA, PMP, LEED AP

Supervising Project Manager

County of San Diego

Bob Wiley, Senior

Associate Director, Facilities

Biogen IDEC

Related Articles

May 21, 2020

How Phyllis Meng Became a Leader in a Male-Dominated Field

After working in the field for more than 30 years, instructor Phyllis Meng has watched facilities management evolve from maintenance and janitorial services into a big budget, tech-savvy career path.

June 09, 2016

Sustainability courses from UC San Diego Extension receive U.S. Green Building Council accreditation

As the boom in energy efficient commercial and residential construction continues, demand for green building professionals also continues to rise. Through a recent designation as a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Provider, UC San Diego Extension is helping to accommodate that employment growth through several courses, many offered in an online format, which are part of its Sustainable Business Practices and Facilities Management Certificate programs.

January 06, 2014

He gets things fixed: Schools' zone manager keeps facilities functional

“When a window breaks, the toilet stops working or when a gopher takes over the infield, that’s where we come in,” said John Hensley, San Diego Unified School District’s zone manager who oversees the daily upkeep of 110 schools throughout San Diego.

April 26, 2013

Military transition: Building a career in facilities management

The Facilities Management field is a great fit for military personnel in transition. For example, there are parallels between military experience and the construction field, including the design, building, maintenance, and improvement of military infrastructures, power plants, roads, docks and bridges.  

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