07 July, 2021 | Posted by Portobello Institute

The Benefits of Studying Facilities Management Courses

facilities management course benefits

The benefits of studying Facilities Management courses are both immediate and sustaining. Education opens opportunities for graduates to apply for a wider range of job opportunities and fill roles that are more financially rewarding.

When two experienced facilities managers apply for a job, their skill sets will be gauged based on the work they have done but also the qualifications they have undertaken.

A candidate with more/better qualifications will be far more likely to get the job.

If you are offered a promotion within your own company, you may not be able to fill that role without the requisite qualification in facilities management. If you are able to, you may find yourself overwhelmed by your new range of responsibilities and a qualification in facilities management can allow you to execute your role more effectively and efficiently.

Being a facilities manager is a rewarding and fulfilling career. There are opportunities to make a real impact in the industry, especially since Covid-19 pushed facilities managers into more prominent roles. You will also get to enjoy a more diverse range of responsibilities while being properly compensated for the leadership role you are filling.

READ MORE: Why You Should Upskill in Facilities Management.

Qualifications are available at different levels to account for those who are aspiring to work in facilities management, those who are in the midst of their journey through facilities management and those who are hoping to stand out at the very top with the highest degree available.

At Portobello Institute, we have the course for you.

Our qualifications range from the introductory IWFM 3 course to our Level 9 master’s degree in Facilities and Workplace Management:

IWFM Level 3 Certificate

The IWFM Level 3 qualification is aimed at those starting out on the career and knowledge path of FM. The certificate is also suitable for first-line managers and supervisors seeking to develop their skills and gain a recognised FM qualification.

Benefits of the IWFM 3 are that you understand the different functions of facilities management and how they cross over, you understand how to address complex problems and gain confidence to undertake responsibility for facilities management tasks.


IWFM Level 4 Diploma

The IWFM Level 4 qualification offers students a broad understanding of the profession and provides the skills needed to complete complex, non-routine tasks within workplace and facilities management.

Holders of this qualification understand the critical evaluation of operational and strategic facilities management, understand how to develop and apply effective strategies for managing people in facilities management and deliver an understanding of financial management in facilities management.

An added value of this qualification is that it allows for advanced entry into Year 2 of the Level 8 BSc (Hons) Facilities and Workplace Management degree.


IWFM Level 5 Diploma

The IWFM Level 5 qualification is typically for those who are working at middle or senior management level, responsible for more specialised and complex functions. It is also suitable for those who are aspiring to work in middle or senior management.

Graduates who hold this diploma learn how to manage major projects with capital spend, how to address complex problems and how to develop the skills required to manage multi-site operations.


BSc (Hons) Facilities and Workplace Management

The Level 8 BSc (Hons) Facilities and Workplace Management degree is the only qualification of its kind available in Ireland. With he demand and opportunities for professionally qualified FMs at an all-time high, this degree draws on a range of disciplines from financial to risk management, leadership to project management and operations management to innovation and business development.

Holding a degree in Facilities Management sets you up to work in the most prominent roles within the industry.

MSc Facilities and Workplace Management

The Level 9 MSc in Facilities and Workplace Management degree is for those practitioners who have extensive experience and qualifications in FM. This qualification builds on your knowledge and experience to develop critical and practical skills which can be applied in facilities and operational management.

In this highly competitive global market, a master’s degree can be the difference between the very best industry practitioners.


Portobello Institute values the one in everyone and understands that education is only a part of your life. We don’t want to take up all of your time and create stress for you. You should go to college to improve your life outside of college and after college.

If you would like a better understanding of what course best suits you at Portobello, you can talk to our FM Course Advisor Sarah Regan.

Sarah can be reached on 01-892-0036 or by email at Sarah.Regan@portobelloinstitute.com.

For more articles on Facilities Management topics, you can explore our Knowledge Zone.

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