Facilities managers run buildings by seeing to the needs of the people inside.
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.
A degree in facilities management, property or estate management is a distinct advantage – and essential if you’re aiming to reach a senior role. If you don’t have a degree you will need to have experience of the industry. An NVQ Level 3 or British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) or Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification in facilities management also helps.
You don’t always need formal qualifications, though. It’s also possible to work your way up to being a facilities manager by having experience and skills in admin and organisation. Some managers simply take on wider responsibilities in areas such as cleaning, catering or security.
You can register to do a BIFM or ILM qualification through part-time or online study. Masters degrees in facilities management are also available at level 7.
Health and safety qualifications could help your career and may even be essential in some roles. They include ones offered by the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) – the chartered body for health and safety professionals.
There is also a Higher Level Apprenticeship in Facilities Management.
Once you are employed in facilities management you can complete BIFM qualifications at levels 2-7 or ILM qualifications at levels 4-6. The qualification you start with will depend on your level of experience and responsibility. BIFM Training (Quadrilect Ltd) also offers short courses on all aspects of facilities management.
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