Facility Management 3: Conducting Condition Assessments

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Learn how to conduct condition assessments, the first step in addressing maintenance backlogs and more efficiently managing your facility.




Many public lands agencies have a significant deferred maintenance backlog, often related to aging assets in poor condition. To manage these assets effectively, agencies must conduct condition assessments, the first in a sequence of industry-standard practices. Informed by this course, your work will be better planned and more fiscally responsibility, and, ultimately, your assets will be in better condition.

Please note: While this course can be taken alone, we recommend that you take it as part of the more comprehensive Facility Management Certificate course of study.

If you complete the Certificate course of study, you will receive:

  • Individualized feedback from Indiana University faculty on your assignments.
  • A completion certificate from Indiana University.
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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Portfolio assignment (if taking as certificate program)
  • Final assessment

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Defining Condition Assessment
  • Types of Condition Assessments
  • Inspecting Assets
  • Condition Assessments: Everyone's Responsibility

Be able to:

  • Describe the role condition assessments play in Asset Management.
  • Distinguish between an Annual Condition Assessment and a Comprehensive Condition Assessment.
  • Identify the steps in the Annual Condition Assessment process.
  • Use the appropriate level of detail when documenting deficiencies.
  • Categorize deficiencies as Safety Hazards or Critical Deficiencies, if necessary.

Recommended Background

The course will be most beneficial for those new to parks and public lands facility management or for those who wish to advance their career in this field. To complete the portfolio pieces successfully, it is recommended that you have access to a parks or public lands facility. Again, we recommend that you take this course as part of the more comprehensive Facility Management Certificate course of study.


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