Facilities Management online short course

Course starts 19 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
13 October 2020
Course Starts:
19 October 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


A once dislocated industry of isolated services, facilities management has transformed into a fully fledged market and profession, targeting the entire value chain.1 Today, it plays a critical and integrated role within an organisation’s strategy, structure, and processes.

The Facilities Management online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) explores the context of this core component of management, and establishes its place within strategic and operational business matters. You’ll explore the role of projects and maintenance, and the relationship between strategy, budgeting, processes, policies, and the environment. You’ll be introduced to the facilities management life cycle and will learn to design a helpdesk procedure for unplanned maintenance. Contract and tender management, alongside the role of technology in facilities management, will also be explored, equipping you with holistic and comprehensive skills for an in-demand and critical business role.

1 Engineering News (Mar, 2019).

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The knowledge and insight to communicate facilities management risks and opportunities to senior management
  • The ability to recommend strategies for balancing maintenance, operations, and upgrades to the working environment
  • The skills to design a comprehensive facilities management helpdesk process for an organisation
  • An overview of the legislation and regulation related to facilities management, and an understanding of the ways in which technology can be leveraged for added value

Is this course for you?

This course is beneficial to those already established within the industry, as well as anyone looking to start a career in facilities management. As an industry lacking formalised training, this online course provides professionals the opportunity to validate their skills and differentiate themselves within the market.

Current facilities management employees will be able to advance their existing skill set, while aspiring professionals will gain a solid foundation of the skills required. Upon completion, students will walk away with a certificate, as proof of their expertise, from Africa’s leading university.1

1QS Top Universities (2019). 

Course curriculum

Gain insight into the strategic role and impact of facilities management as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Facilities management in context
  • Module 2 Leadership and strategy
  • Module 3 Policies and processes: communication and implementation
  • Module 4 Maintenance, life cycles and budgeting
  • Module 5 Managing projects and stakeholders
  • Module 6 Tendering and contract management
  • Module 7 Compliance and occupational health and safety
  • Module 8 Technology, systems and processes for business continuity

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Understand the role and context of facilities management and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 19 October 2020.

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    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.