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Facilities Management Certificate

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Professional Certificate in Facilities Management

Facilities management is one of the hottest growing fields; not only is it expanding across borders but it's also rapidly changing within the individual needs of each company. Are you ready? Larger, more complex facilities are built every day with an impressive array of technology and automated systems. Plant managers are responsible not only for day-to-day operations but also long-term: improving efficiency, keeping up-to-date with the latest trends and codes as well as ensuring safety and sustainability.

Success as a facilities manager means juggling competing needs and expectations with a high level of professionalism and a strong knowledge base. Get the technical skills and management techniques you need to increase your effectiveness, save on budget and ensure quality control without compromising employee satisfaction. Advance your understanding of this diverse field with an innovative series of courses focusing on design and management, from concept and installation to long-term use.

Participants in the certificate program will:

  • Learn technical skills and best practices in management
  • Explore how to save thousands of dollars in plant maintenance, upkeep and improvements
  • Examine global issues to identify safer, more reliable and sophisticated options for a plant's operations
  • Track the latest trends in technology and understand important legal and environmental issues

Who Can Benefit?

This program is designed for anyone who wishes to learn more about how to effectively and safely manage a large, complex plant, especially:

  • Facilities managers
  • Operations supervisors
  • Chief operating officers
  • Line supervisors

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete (grade C or better) a total of 18 units: four required courses (12 units) and six elective units. It is recommended that students first take the introductory course, Facilities Management.

Completion Time

The certificate program can typically be completed in nine months to one year. All coursework must be completed within five years.


The cost for the certificate program is approximately $3,500. This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.

Transfer Credit

Equivalent courses from other accredited colleges and universities completed within the last five years will be considered for transfer, up to a total of three units. Official transcripts are required.



  • George C. Gemberling III, B.A., Deputy Director, Facilities Management, Riverside
  • Daniel Morgan, E.M.B.A., Facility Manager, Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, City of Industry
  • Timothy L. Miller, M.P.A., Assistant Director, EDA, County of Riverside

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Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

Contact Information

Tanya Meza
(951) 827-1723

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273