Effectively Manage Residential and Commercial Facilities
Next start date
September 27, 2017
Facility managers today play an important role in any organization, contributing to overall goals such as reducing costs, improving productivity and pursuing sustainability. This three-course certificate program offers a detailed exploration of operations, maintenance, budgeting and business planning. You’ll also learn about issues regarding safety, security and environmental factors. Delve into current best practices and principles and form a foundation to build your career in this growing field.
Anyone with an interest in facility management and at least five years of work experience.
Applicants must have a high school diploma and at least five years of work experience, preferably in a related field such as property management, facility management, real estate, architecture, project management or construction management.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed Internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
You’ll complete a real-world project to add to your professional portfolio.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Facility Management: Fundamentals & Operations
Facility Management: Project Management, Finance & Real Estate
Facility Management & Sustainability
Certificate in Facility Management
Approved by the UW Department of Construction Management.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
John Benny, CFM, Facility Operations Director, McKinstry Construction
Robert Blakey, Sr. Manager, Operations - Group Health Cooperative CBRE
Robin W. Bleeker, CFM, Property Manager, RREEF Alternative Investments
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Behrooz (Ben) Emam, PE, CFM, Construction Manager, Sound Transit
Bobby Herman, CFM, Vice President, Sr. Facilities Manager, SunTrust Bank
Andrew Hoover, Senior Director, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Don Larson, Director, Operations & Maintenance, University of Washington Medical Center
Forrest W. Miller, Director of Support Services, Lake Washington School District
Cynthia Putnam, Principal, Putnam Price Group
Katherine Randall-Duffy, CFM, Facility Manager, Employment Security Department
Darren Redick, VP Facilities, Real Estate and Construction, Swedish Medical Center
Gregg Richie, PMP, CNP, MCTS, Senior Project Manager, Key Consulting
John Schaufelberger, Professor and Dean, College of the Built Environment
John Schoettler, Senior Manager, Global Properties, Amazon.com
Paul Seibert, CMC/CPMC, Principal, EHS Design
Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
Not available for this program
Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
Senior Manager, Operations — Group Health Cooperative, CBRE
Director of Facilities Planning & Construction, Bellevue College
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