Facilities managers oversee the operation and maintenance of buildings and grounds by responding to users’ needs. As a facilities manager, you could be in charge of services including buildings, cleaning, catering, hospitality, security or parking.
You will need to ensure that the spaces you control meet health and safety standards and operate as intended.
Typical hours per week
How to become a facilities manager
You can gain the qualifications you need by doing a university or college course, or an apprenticeship. If you already have some relevant experience you may be able to apply to an employer directly or complete on-the-job training.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could do a foundation or undergraduate degree. This would help you to progress into more senior roles.
Relevant subjects include facilities management, property or estate management or building services management, but you don’t necessarily need a specific degree to become a facilities manager.
You may have gained sufficient experience in another area of work such as administration, management or hospitality.
You’ll need at least 1 A level (or equivalent) to do a foundation degree or 2 - 3 A levels (or equivalent) for a first degree.
College / training provider
Some colleges or training providers offer an NVQ Level 3 in facilities management.
You won’t need any existing qualifications for this but it would help to have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths.
The (IWFM) and (ILM) also award relevant qualifications.
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
You could complete an advanced apprenticeship to become a facilities supervisor or a higher apprenticeship to become a facilities manager.
You’d spend up to two years doing on-the-job training, with time at a college or training provider.
You’ll need :
If you have relevant qualifications or experience in a related area such as building services, administration, management or health and safety, you may be able to apply directly to an employer.
Whilst working, you could study part-time for a qualification with the (IWFM) or the (ILM). Masters degrees in facilities management are also available.
If you are just starting out, you could apply for a job as a building caretaker, trainee or assistant facilities manager.
You could then do on-the-job training (such as a Level 3 Diploma in Facilities Management) to work your work up.
To help decide whether this job is for you, further your skills and impress employers, you could gain some work experience.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see this listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a facilities manager include :
What does a facilities manager do?
As a facilities manager you will be responsible for overseeing building maintenance for a variety of things. This will ensure the smooth operation of buildings which is vital for places such as offices and hospitals.
The job role of a facilities manager involves the following duties :
What's it like to be a facilities manager?
How much could you earn as a facilities manager?
The expected salary for a facilities manager varies as you become more experienced.
Hour and salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.