How Do I Choose The Right Facilities Management Qualification?

It can be very overwhelming to find the right course for yourself, there is so much information on the web about Facilities Management qualifications. How much do you already know about Facilities Management? Are you working as a Facilities Manager at the moment and want to progress, or are you looking for a complete career change? All these questions have to be answered to make sure you choose the right course.

Why is it Important To Get The Right Facilities Management Qualification?

Facilities Management qualifications cover a wide spectrum, and it can be a minefield to ensure that you get onto the right course. They range from courses for those who are totally new into the industry, (providing a good understanding of the roles, and what a Facilities Manager’s responsibilities are) right up to courses for the directors of a company and their strategic roles within the Facilities Management industry.

Choosing the wrong facilities management course could be a detriment to your career.

With so many Facilities Management Courses to choose from, it is vital that you choose the right course for you. You don’t want to waste your time on something that is not suitable for you. Nor do you want to feel as though you have just thrown good money away by studying something that is really not going to improve your understanding, or your approach to your Facilities Management role. Your time and money are precious, so making the right decision needs to be your first goal.

Choosing a course that is below your level would not benefit your career whereas choosing a course that is too advanced for the level you are currently at would mean that you struggle to understand the course and  then also put into practice the skills you are learning on the course.

So How Do you Choose the Right Facilities Management Course?

Distance Learning vs Workshop Study

First you need to do a bit of self-reflection and decide which way you prefer to study:

  • Are you self-motivated, and prefer to work at your own speed?
  • Do you have the self-discipline to set your own targets, and know you can deliver the work on time?
  • Maybe you are the sort of person that enjoys meeting face to face with your personal tutor
  • Do you thrive on interacting with others, enjoying the chance to discuss concepts and share ideas?

If you are self-motivated and can work to your own time scale, then the Distance Learning course would be ideal for you. You would still get the same assistance, and guidance from your personal tutor at any stage of your course, giving you the reassurance that we are always there to help.

However if you like the sound of interacting with other students on the course and having some structure set out for you, then the workshops would be ideal (these are running as webinars throughout the COVID crisis).

Your personal tutor is always there for guidance on the course, provides feedback on your assignments and will also meet with you on a set regular basis for face to face contact.

How do You choose the correct Level?

It is important to realise that you don’t have to start at the bottom of the Facilities Management Courses, and work your way up through all of them, you can start on the correct Facilities Management Level for your experience.

You have the option of 6 levels: Level 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.  Each one is aimed at a particular role of FM and the responsibilities that they hold. Ranging from Level 2 being for the apprenticeships up to level 7 for the more academic purposes. I will concentrate on the most popular levels here being level 3 through to level 6.

IWFM Level 3

This level is aimed at the students who are new to the Facilities Management roles, they may also be for people managing a single service and those who are not operational facilities managers but want to have a deeper understanding of the Facilities Management role, for instance recruiters or support staff.

IWFM Level 4

This level is aimed at the student who is already in a Facilities Management role,  perhaps at a first line manager position but wanting to progress towards middle management. Achieving a Diploma at this level will allow you to be a full member of IWFM, allowing you to use the letters MIWFM after your name.

IWFM Level 5

This level is for the middle line managers, who generally have around five or more years’ experience, and who also have some strategic influence on the direction of their department. This will also allow you to become a full member of IWFM, with the post nominals of MIWFM

IWFM Level 6.

This is for the senior Facilities Managers, who have a high level of strategic FM responsibility, for their buildings which may include various sites. Achieving this level may entitle you to be a certified member of IWFM, using the post nominals of CIWFM.

So, What Now?

By now you probably have a good idea of your preferred style of learning and also which level of course that you think is the most appropriate for you and your career.

Here at Xenon Group we have put together an easy to use online tool which will help you to decide on the most appropriate course for your needs. It’s called the One-Minute-Leveller.

Click here to try it out

Members of our team are also more than happy to help and discuss your needs and advise on next steps to help you progress your career in Facilities Management