As the first ever training provider to become an IWFM (BIFM) recognised centre, there's no-one in the market with more experience than us in teaching and assessing the IWFM (BIFM) qualifications in facilities management.
IWFM (BIFM) Qualifications - Xenon Group Video
Before you get started, you may want to watch this video, which gives you all you need to know about our IWFM (BIFM) Qualification programmes in a nutshell!
It’s been a few years since we first started out, and we’ve learned a lot along the way which we can now pass on to you. More than anything, we’ve seen the positive impact that the IWFM (BIFM) Qualifications can have on individuals, teams and organisations.
One question that we get asked very often is what the difference is between all the different qualifications available? It can be a little confusing at first – there are different levels, sizes and delivery methods, all with different time commitments and costs associated with them, so here’s a quick primer as to how it all works…
The first question you need to answer when opting to study for a IWFM (BIFM) Qualification is what level to study at. The levels that we offer range from Level 3 to Level 6. The lower levels (Level 3 and 4) have a more operational focus, whereas the higher ones (Levels 5 and 6) cover topics from a more strategic perspective.
To get the most out of your qualification, you need to make sure you opt for the right level. There are no prerequisites here – you could enrol straight onto the Level 6 if you wanted, but you need to make sure that the level you choose fits with the type of role you are currently working in.
Too low a level and it’ll all be a bit simplistic. Too high and you may find it difficult to relate the subject matter to your job role, and will especially struggle with the assignments, which ask you to use examples from your work to answer the questions.
A little daunting, perhaps, but fear not! We’ve developed a handy tool to get you started. It’s called the ‘One-Minute-Leveller’ and you can find it here. Try out this tool as a starting point and then feel free to get in touch for some more detailed guidance!
Once you’ve established your level, you need to decide which size of qualification to go for. There are 3 sizes available – the only difference between them is the number of units you will study:
The smallest option, typically requiring completion of 2-3 units
The middle ground, usually consisting of 4-5 units
The largest option, comprising of 8-10 units
The larger the qualification, the greater the breadth of study and the better all round understanding of facilities management you will gain. However, the best option largely depends on your goals:
Opt for the Diploma if:
- You wish to gain a full understanding of Facilities Management at your level
- You can commit to studying 8-10 units
- You wish to use your qualification to upgrade your BIFM Membership.
Opt for the Certificate if:
- You wish to understand certain aspects of Facilities Management, but feel that some areas are less relevant to you.
- You can commit to studying 4-5 units, but feel that the full Diploma may be a bit too much at this stage
Opt for the Award if:
- You are uncertain about committing to a larger qualification
- You would like to ‘test the water’ before upgrading to a Certificate or Diploma
- You need to complete a qualification quickly, perhaps to include on your CV
- You have a limited budget
The final decision you need to make is how you’d like to study for your qualification. At the Xenon Group, we offer two options – Blended Learning or Distance Learning.
Blended Learning consists of a combination of one-day classroom sessions, run from our training centres in Leeds, London and Reading (Level 6 only), and distance learning using our purpose-written workbooks. Each workshop covers one of the units on the course and each unit has its own distance learning workbook.
If you are able, we highly recommend opting for the Blended Learning package and attending workshops as you will gain the benefit of not only having direct tuition from our experienced tutors, but also the opportunity of interacting with other facilities managers from a variety of backgrounds, sectors and industries.
If you’re unable to attend the workshops for any reason, the Distance Learning method is an excellent alternative. You’ll be provided with workbooks which cover all elements of the syllabus in detail, and will be assigned a personal tutor who you can contact for any support you may need.
By now you should have a better understanding of which qualification is best for you and we hope you’re convinced that we’re the best people to help you achieve it. At this stage, you’re probably wondering how much it all costs.
The good news is that the wide variety of levels, sizes and delivery methods means that there’s an IWFM (BIFM) qualification available to suit any budget. We’re completely transparent with our prices – you can find a full breakdown of the fees for all of our courses here
Want to know more?
Everything you need to know should have been covered by the information provided above, but we’ve been doing this for long enough to know that you may well have further questions or may simply want to talk to a real person before making the commitment to study for an IWFM (BIFM) qualification. If so, feel free to contact us
Alternatively, if you’re ready to start studying it couldn’t be simpler! Just fill out our online enrolment form to get the ball rolling.