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Certificate in
Facility Management

Note: Many of the courses in this program are available by distance education; refer to the Distance Education section below. Visit the distance education website for further information.

Important Note: The certificate in Facility Management is currently under review. For further information, please contact Michel Theriault, Academic Coordinator, at michel@strategicadvisor.ca

The facility manager is responsible for the integration of the workplace with the people and work of the organization. This program will provide knowledge and analytical skills for those pursuing careers in this profession. It will be of interest to individuals at various stages of their career:

  • those who are being prepared by an organization to assume a role in facility management
  • those who are newly appointed to a facility management department
  • those who wish to upgrade their credentials within the facility management department or to implement a career change

The design of the program is based on the guidelines for professional education developed by the International Facility Management Association.

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/fm.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

Undergraduate degree, or mature student status with related professional experience and education.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of eight courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CDFM 102   Facility Management:  Facility Management Fundamentals
CDFM 103   Facility Management:  Project Planning, Design, and Management
CDFM 104   Facility Management:  Building Operations and Maintenance


Electives – Group A (select one)

CCMN 114   Communication:  Short Management Reports
CCMN 314   Communication:  Professional Presentations


Electives – Group B (select four)

Many of these electives have prerequisites which must be met by the student unless waived by the academic coordinator. Students may be allowed to substitute other appropriate elective courses with permission of the academic coordinator.

CACC 100   Accounting:  Introductory Financial Accounting
CDFM 105   Facility Management:  Space Planning and Management
CDFM 203   Facility Management:  Real Estate Planning and Development
CDID 501   Lighting Design:  Lighting Fundamentals
CDID 504   Lighting Design:  Lighting Energy Management
CGMS 200   Global Management:  Introduction to Global Management
CGMS 401   Global Management:  Operations Management
CKAR 500   Architecture:  Sustainable Buildings
CKPM 202   Project Management:  Fundamentals of Project Management
CMHR 405   Human Resources:  Organizational Behaviour
CMKT 504   Marketing:  Effective Persuasion
COHS 208   Occupational Health:  Occupational Health and Safety Law
COHS 718   Occupational Health:  Systems Management I


Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CACC 100   Accounting:  Introductory Financial Accounting
CCMN 114   Communication:  Short Management Reports
CGMS 200   Global Management:  Introduction to Global Management
CGMS 401   Global Management:  Operations Management
CKPM 202   Project Management:  Fundamentals of Project Management
CMHR 405   Human Resources:  Organizational Behaviour
COHS 208   Occupational Health:  Occupational Health and Safety Law
COHS 718   Occupational Health:  Systems Management I


Note to registered certificate program students
The certificate in Facility Management is currently under review. For further information, please contact Michel Theriault, Academic Coordinator, at michel@strategicadvisor.ca