Facility Management Certificate

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Build a foundational understanding of facility management practices, particularly as they apply to parks and public lands agencies. The course follows the Asset Management Process, an approach used by the National Park Service.




The Facility Management Certificate introduces learners to the concept and underlying theory of the Asset Management Process. In addition, it will demonstrate how the process serves as a framework for Parks and Recreation agencies to manage lands and facilities in order to do business. Finally, it enables learners to understand the importance of an asset-based approach to Facility Management.

How will we do this? Beginning with the Introduction to Facility Management Practices, the courses will introduce you to data-driven decision making, followed by the process to actually plan and do projects

Unlike a more general private sector facility management program, this course uses practices and examples that are specific to the challenges that parks, recreation, and public lands agencies face. Upon successful completion of this certificate, you’ll receive a verified certificate issued by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University.

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Course Schedule

This program allows for complete flexibility. You may take a couple of months or up to a year to complete the program. The Eppley Institute recommends that you complete one course and all companion assignments each month to ensure maximum retention and connection of material.

The certificate program includes the following elements:

  • Five self-paced, self-study e-courses
  • Introduction to Facility Management Practices
  • Metrics and Data Driven Decision Making
  • Conducting Condition Assessments
  • Creating a Scope of Work
  • Basics of Cost Estimating
  • Independent study assignments, which are reviewed by course instructors, with substantive feedback provided
  • A Distributed Learning Platform site for storage of work and feedback

Be able to:

  • Apply the Asset Management Process to your park’s facilities and lands
  • Create an Asset Priority Index and Facility Condition Index
  • Conduct the Annual Condition Assessment process
  • Create a scope of work for a project
  • Apply the cost estimation process

Recommended Background

The course will be most beneficial for those new to Facility Management for Parks and Public Lands Agencies field or for those who wish to advance their career. To successfully complete the portfolio pieces, it is recommended you have access to a parks or public lands facility.


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