13 Trending Courses on Facility & Property Management in 2021: (Property Managers Edition)

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Continuous learning and skill upgrading is necessary across any industry and discipline to stay relevant. With the rise of new technologies and changing consumer expectations, so will the methodologies and processes change to cater to the rapidly evolving digital economy we find ourselves in. Property and facility managers, particularly, might risk not having relevant, up-to-date skills pertaining to management disciplines if they are not enrolled for constant periodic skills or training improvements. Especially with newer methods of construction developments and requests for more sustainable maintenance, property managers, and facility managers need to be at the forefront of real estate developments. 

Hence, property and facility managers must hone the necessary skills to meet the changing demands of their stakeholders. Instead of looking at it as a threat to their job scopes and having to keep up with management trends, it is best that property managers entertain innovative ideas to that can add value to the property management scene. Doing so will ensure that you are always ahead of other managing agent companies.  

To assist you in your self – upgrading journey, we have prepared a list of the top 13 property and facility management courses along with valuable accreditation schemes that you can consider in 2020 and 2021.  

Organised by: ASM and RECA 

Dates: Anytime 

Course duration: 1 month++ 

Cost: $1900++ 

Mode of Study: Online 

Min. Educational requirements: None 

Contact information:  

Name: Stacy Tay, ASM Secretariat 

Phone: 6679 7799 (office) 

Email: secretariat@asm.org.sg 

What is this course about?

BCA has partnered with ASM to provide a complete accreditation scheme that will raise property management standards across Singapore. Interested managing agents will have to first go through a legislation course by BCA before continuing with three other modules on Strata Management practice, administration and building maintenance, conducted by RECA, ASM’s training partner. The legislation module by BCA is intended to ensure that property managers are aware of the current policies surrounding strata property and facilities management. Course attendees will learn more in-depth about Strata management and the complexities associated with it, especially in mixed-use developments, where property managers need to juggle the expectations of various strata partners.

Who is it for?

Current and aspiring managing agents, property managers or facility managers looking to be accredited

About ASM - Association of Strata Members

Attaining an accreditation by ASM that is further recognised by BCA is sure to give you an upper hand in the property management practice. With a track record of over 700 management corporation clients totalling over 100,000 strata lots, ASM is one of the leaders managing strata-titled properties in Singapore.

Organised by: APFM and SISV 

Dates: Anytime 

Course duration: 10 months

Cost: $1,500

Mode of Study: Online 

Min. Educational requirements: None 

Contact information: – 

Name: Janet Han, Secretariat 

Phone: 6222 3030 (office) 

Email: secretariat@apfm.mygbiz.com 

What is this course about?

APFM’s training arm, SISV, organised this accredited managing agent scheme in line with BCA’s regulatory standards. This course aims to align property managers to the Building Maintenance & Strata Management Act (BMSMA) in their management practice as well as to educate them on standard procedures in workflow management. Similar to the ASM course, this accreditation scheme is supported by BCA and also requires the partaker to complete a legislation module required by BCA among other modules. The additional modules are Application of BMSMA, Building Services and Maintenance as well as Communication and Office Administration.

Who is it for?

Managing agent firms and individuals such as property and facility managers

About APFM – Association of Property and Facility Managers

APFM actively seeks to support and promote strata management standards and practices in Singapore. Through seminars, talks and outreach to tertiary institutes, government agencies and related companies, they have amassed a community of property partners who share the same views on upholding governmental regulation in property management.

Organised by: BCA

Academy Dates: 27, 28 Oct and 3,4 Nov 2020 

Course duration: 4.5 days

Cost: $1,220

Mode of Study: Online

Min. Educational requirements: None

Contact information: –

Name: BCA Customer Service

Phone: 6248 9999 (office)

Email: bca_academy@bca.gov.sg

What is this course about?

Green Mark programs by BCA were created to assess and evaluate a building’s environmental impact and performance. The main objective of this course is to teach facility managers how to incorporate Business Information Modelling (BIM) and the Internet Of Things (IoT) into building operations and maintenance such that it minimises negative environmental impact during the building lifetime. The course covers methods of Green Mark assessment, sustainable procurement and property management processes as well as navigating smart control techniques in building management. Having the appropriate knowledge and recognition in promoting sustainable facilities management will ensure that your management services are deemed ethical and trustworthy, thus distinguishing you from other facility managers.

Who is it for?

Facilities managers, Estate managers, Operations Managers, Managing Agents, Building Owners, M&E Consultants, Architects, ESCOs and Engineers

Organised by: BCA Academy

Dates: 11 & 12 Jan 2021 (tentative)

Course duration: 2 days

Cost: unspecified

Mode of Study: Online

Min. Educational requirements: None

Contact information: –

Name: BCA Customer Service

Phone: 6248 9999 (office)

Email: bca_academy@bca.gov.sg

What is this course about?

This smart facility management course is designed for facility managers to integrate people and processes into their workflow. This course is sure to support your facility management activities seamlessly. Learning how to incorporate technology into your management activities will improve your maintenance capabilities by reducing response time, cost and manpower while increasing productivity.

Below are details on the course outline: –  

  • Design for Maintainability and Maintainability in Design Appraisal System
  • Smart FM – Fundamentals, Benefits, Framework and Implementation 
  • Building Data – Management and Analysis 
  • Smart FM Systems, and Integration of FM Services 

Who is it for?

Property and Facility Managers

About BCA Academy

BCA Academy offers government-affiliated programs that are recognised by educational institutions internationally and are highly regarded among real estate organisations in Singapore. As the research arm of Building Construction Authority (BCA), a government institution, it is indeed a leader in the built environment, hosting over 30 internationally recognised trade programs to develop facility management skills among real estate professionals and workers from other industries.

Organised by: Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)  

Dates: 26 Jan 2021 

Course duration: 180 days 

Cost: $1,185 – $1,425 

Mode of Study: Online 

Min. Educational requirements: None 

Contact information: – 

Name: RICS 

Phone: +44 (0)24 7686 8555 (London, HQ) 

Email: RICSSouth@rics.org 

What is this course about?

You will get to learn more about the roles of a corporate real estate professional and facility management officer and how they are closely interdependent. Coupled with technical and sustainable methodologies in property management, learn how these two stakeholders strive to achieve organisational efficiency and productivity within the facility management sector. This course consists of 6 units: –

  • Unit 1 – Strategic Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management 
  • Unit 2 – Corporate Real Estate Life Cycle 
  • Unit 3 – The FM Life Cycle 
  • Unit 4 – The Workplace 
  • Unit 5 – Facilities Support Services 
  • Unit 6 – Management Information Systems 

Who is it for?

Professionals who have worked in commercial real estate and facility management sector for at least 2 years, particularly, property managers, asset managers, facility managers, project managers and accommodation managers. It is also suitable for anyone wanting to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the corporate real estate facility management services.

About RICS - Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors is an international organisation embodying and reinforcing professional standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. With its offices in internationally significant financial markets, RICS produces highly qualified trainees and professionals within the property and facility management scenes through its in-depth training sessions.

Organised by: IREM 

Dates: October 2020, recurring in 2021 

Course duration: 12 hours 

Cost: $770 

Mode of Study: Online 

Min. Educational requirements: None 

Contact information: – 

Name: IREM 

Phone: (800) 837-0706 (Michigan, Chicago)  

Email: getinfo@irem.org 

What is this course about?

This course by IREM provides a detailed tutorial on all the functional areas concerning residential property management – operations, finance and human resource. You will also get to learn other essential property management skills, such as how to understand and achieve property stakeholders’ objectives. The course begins with an introduction in property management organisation structures and staffing models followed by characteristics of residential properties as well as the considerations and goals of different ownership types. Do note that it can also be taken together with an ethics module to qualify for the reputable Accredited Residential Manager certification by IREM.

Who is it for?

Property managers, Estate managers, Operations Managers, Managing Agents and any other real estate professional intending to get ahead in property management.

About IREM - Institute of Real Estate Management

Founded more than 85 years ago, the Institute of Real Estate Management is an association for asset and property managers. Winning over 20,000 leaders in commercial and residential management who seek to learn, get certified and network through IREM, this internationally established organisation will provide you with the tools to take on any form of challenges in the real estate scene.

Organised by: NARPM 

Dates: Anytime 

Course duration: 3 hours 

Cost: $99 

Mode of Study: Online 

Min. Educational requirements: None 

Contact information: – 

Name: NARPM Customer Service 

Phone: 800-782-3452 (Chesapeake, USA) 

Email: educationinfo@narpm.org 

What is this course about?

This Finance and Property Management course examines financial real estate terminology, budgeting, trust accounting, best practices, reconciliation, and property management finances concerning ethics. A certificate by NARPM will be awarded to you upon completion of the course.

Who is it for?

Any real estate professional who is interested in the financial aspect of facility and property management.

About NARPM - National Association of Residential Property Managers

The National Association of Residential Property Managers is an international organisation specialising in acquiring knowledge and generating solutions for single-family and small residential estates. NARPM boasts a plethora of programs for you choose from, all from experienced property managers. Learning from property managers outside of Singapore is sure to make you more recognised by managing agencies and MCSTs nationally.

Organised by: CIBSE 

Dates: 11-13 Nov or 2-4 Dec 2020 

Course duration: 3 days 

Cost: $1560++ 

Mode of Study: Online 

Min. Educational requirements: None 

Contact information: – 

Name: CIBSE Training Team

Phone: +44 (0)20 8772 3660 

Email: training@cibse.org 

What is this course about?

This course is intended to help facility managers and property managers understand how technical aspects of construction can affect building services and management. It is important, as facility managers, to acquire knowledge beyond the scope of management functions. On top of understanding this correlation, you will get to understand more about energy consumption, electrical plants, cooling systems and heat recovery in buildings. Comprehending the electrical aspects of building construction will enable you to make smarter and more sustainable property management decisions.

Who is it for?

Anyone wanting to achieve a level awareness of how building services and electrical systems operate within commercial buildings, including building and facilities managers, building service contractors, project managers, mechanical & HVAC engineers, architects, energy assessors and air conditioning inspectors.

About CIBSE - Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers is a professional body that supports the practice of building services by providing the public with information and promoting careers of property professionals through accreditation programs in the engineering of building services. Thus, adding credentials from CIBSE would insert building engineering into your area of expertise, making you a more reliable facility manager or property manager.

Organised by: Udemy 

Dates: Anytime 

Course duration: 1 hour 

Cost: $18 

Mode of Study: Online 

Min. Educational requirements: None 

Contact information: – 

Support Service: https://support.udemy.com/hc/en-us

 

What is this course about?

This online course teaches on how to navigate complex operational and management systems in real estate. It includes lessons on how to prepare budgets and variance reports for cost containment as well as sourcing for different tracking systems to manage vendors. On top of the 1-hour video, materials such as 13 articles, 13 downloadable resources and a certificate of completion will be provided for you.

Who is it for?

Property managers and real estate professionals or anyone else who wants to learn how to manage properties.
This course is also suitable for those who manage the real estate operation’s professionals and those who within the office of the CFO.

About Udemy

Udemy is currently the leading global marketplace for learning, boasting over 130,000 courses and 35 million learners on any subject matter, including facilities and property management. Obtaining a certificate from Udemy shows your willingness to take the initiative to learn about the management process. However, Udemy is not a professional body for real estate training and cannot be used for accreditation.

Organised by: NUS – Continuing Education and Training Program (CET)

Dates: 9-18 November 2020

Course duration: 5 days

Cost: TBC

Mode of Study: Online

Min. Educational requirements: None

Contact information: –

Name: School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore

Phone: 6516 3413

What is this course about?

This course aims to provide an overview of facility management aspects for NUS graduates who wish to work in the real estate industry. From this course, you will get to understand the complexity of facility and property management related knowledge within the areas of operations and maintenance, financial and business management, strategic and capital planning, asset management, FM Contracts, project management, FM Technology (e.g. Smart FM, and BIM), FM Compliance (e.g. Workplace Safety and Health) and FM Leadership. This course is conducted by highly qualified NUS Professors, trained in these knowledge areas of management. Furthering this study will ensure that you are well prepared to seize opportunities in your facilities management career.

Who is it for?

NUS fresh graduates or anyone looking to gain a foundation in facility management

About NUS-CET

The National University of Singapore is a government educational institute, consistently positioned as one of the top 20 schools in the World University Ranking. The School of Design and Environment in NUS has added 2 reputable courses under the Continuing Education and Training to future proof students as they enter the real estate industry.

Organised by: Lynda.com, Linkedin

Dates: Anytime

Course duration: 2 hrs 27 mins

Cost: Subscription of $24.99/mnth or join the 7-day free trial

Mode of Study: Online

Min. Educational requirements: None

Contact information: –

Name: Lynda Customer Service

Phone: +1 (805) 477-3900

Support Service: https://www.lynda.com/support/contact

What is this course about?

This specialised course on Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM) talks about how you can approach facility management by efficiently maximising spaces through specific software solutions. The topics covered are: –  

  • Managing occupancy in AutoCAD 
  • Setting up facilities drawings 
  • Managing XREF layers 
  • Adjusting settings such as units, limits, and fills 
  • Creating occupancy blocks and polylines 
  • Defining occupancy areas 
  • Annotating occupancy 
  • Setting up occupancy table styles 
  • Finding and linking occupancy table data 
  • Exporting occupancy table data 

AutoCAD provides other related videos on how to use its software solutions in your management practice. If you are looking for additional tools to help you manage your property, check out our procurement software here.

About Lynda.com

Lynda.com is an online learning platform by Linkedin that has been successfully running for 20 years, helping individuals attain useful knowledge in various industries, including real estate. Now, Lynda.com serves more than 10,000 organisations with their video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognised industry experts.

12. Course title: Certificate in Facilities Management

Dates: Now to Dec 2020, recurring 

Course duration: 3 days 

Cost: $449.40 

Mode of Study: Offline 

Venue: 72 Bendemeer Road, #03-29 Luzerne, 

Singapore 339941 

Min. Educational requirements: None 

Contact information: – 

Name: Avanta Head Office (Bendemeer) 

Phone: 6295 2112 

Email: enquiry@avanta.com.sg 

What is this course about?

The certificate course offers a professional credential for participants who wish to acquire the knowledge necessary to develop and execute the strategic and operational tasks of corporate facilities management. The course covers in detail: –  

  • Introduction to Facilities Management 
  • Facility planning and development of corporate space 
  • Acquiring skills in facility maintenance and repair programs 
  • Overview of financial management, planning and controls, project management and budgeting 
  • Workplace requirements to support businesses

Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to seek a career in managing facilities for corporate or institutional owners

About Avanta Global

Avanta is ASEAN’s trusted service providers for training and consulting in health and safety, environment as well as in project management. With a wide and reputable client base such as Singapore Airlines and Housing Development Board, being recognised by Avanta will boost your professional credentials.

Organised by: RECC 

Dates: 25 Nov 2020 

Course duration: 1 day 

Cost: $615 

Mode of Study: Online and offline 

Venue: Unit #04-08, Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability 

80 Jurong East St 21, Singapore 609607 

Min. Educational requirements: None 

Contact information: – 

Name: Mr Ken Chew 

Phone: 6563 4166 

Email: exectrg@recc.com.sg 

What is this course about?

This course teaches you everything you need to know about facilities management and how it affects all stakeholders. Learn about the concepts underpinning facilities management and have a peek at evolving facility management tools you can apply to improve efficacy in your management scope. The program covers these topics: – 

  • Defining Facilities Management & Maintenance
  • The Physical Environment
  • Facilities Maintenance: Concepts & Change
  • Condition-Based Repair Prioritisation & Maintenance Outsourcing 
  • Assessing Building performance

Who is it for?

  • Developers 
  • Building Owners 
  • Government Officials 
  • Architects 
  • Engineers 
  • Project Managers 
  • Quantity Surveyors 
  • Contractors/Sub-Contractors/Suppliers 
  • Property Managers 
  • Facilities Managers 
  • Maintenance Managers 
  • Management Corporations 
  • Town Councils 
  • and Others 

About RECC - Real Estate and Construction Centre

The Real Estate and Construction Centre, established more than 20 years ago aims to provide state-of-the-art technology transfer, research and advice in the real estate industry. Attaining credentials from a locally established and recognised real estate organisation, RECC, will give you the upper hand in your property and facility management career.

"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune."

We hope this list of online and offline courses will serve useful in your future or current professions within facility and property management. With a rising number of managing agents in Singapore, stay competitive by upgrading your skills with industry accredited certifications to further enhance your capabilities as a bonafide real estate facility or property manager. 

If you have other workshops or courses that you’d like to recommend, feel free to tell us about it below.

Find out more about how Really can help you ease your facility and property management processes today.

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