What are the best technical schools for facility management?

Several technical schools around the country offer certificates and degree programs for facility management. Here are the top ten:

  1. University of California, Riverside: This extension offers professional certificate programs year-round in facilities management. No prerequisites are required. The program provides an overview of facilities management and plant engineering. Instructors discuss best practices, supervision, budgeting, leadership, management issues, and safety.
  2. Baruch College’s Division of Continuing and Professional Studies in New York: This program offers evening courses covering maintenance, security, effectiveness, and outsourcing aspects of facilities management. Both trained instructors and maintenance managers from the community participate in teaching the course.
  3. New York University School of Professional Studies: This eight-session class focuses on leadership in sustainability and helps facility and operation managers learn about resources, assets, and sustainable design.
  4. Villanova University College of Professional Studies: This school offers classes that can be applied to an undergraduate completion program, a credit-based professional certificate, or a non-credit professional certificate. The classes can also be applied to the IFMA facility management professional credential.
  5. APPA Institute for Facilities Management. This program is offered biannually and covers general management, maintenance and operations, planning and design, and energy and utilities. The APPA offers a certificate as well as continuing education course credits.
  6. University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education. The school offers a non-credit certificate in facility management and requires at least five years of experience. Coursework was developed by the IFMA, and students learn about sustainability as well as strategic planning.
  7. Boston University Center for Professional Education. Students can earn a certificate in facilities management after completing nine courses covering strategic and operational components of facilities management.
  8. University of California at Berkeley, Continuing Education. This program offers a certificate in facilities management that covers strategic planning, operations and maintenance, space planning, construction management, and project management.
  9. City Vision University. This school offers an eight-session, three-credit class on theoretical and practical lessons regarding facilities maintenance and equipment. Students will cover inventory, record-keeping, preventive maintenance, health issues, and safety.
  10. University of Minnesota College of Continuing and Professional Studies. The school offers an undergraduate level certificate program that discusses building operations, construction management, design, and business. Students can also minor in facilities management.
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