The Higher Certificate in Facilities Management offered by the Academy for Facilities Management (A4FM) is a one year programme registered against the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 5 / 120 credits. (The SAQA Course ID number is 75283.) The credit allocation is indicative of the number of hours (1200) the average learner will have to invest to achieve the qualification.

The programme consists of six modules offered in a distance learning format. A three day face-to-face contact session is scheduled for every one of the 7 modules. The scheduled contact time is approximately 24 hours for each of the contact sessions (144 hours in total).

Lectures during the block weeks/contact session are presented in a style of co-operative and student-centered learning. Brief clarification and explanation of the subject matter and concepts will be provided during the lectures. Students are therefore advised not to attempt taking comprehensive notes during lectures. The time should rather be used more effectively by concentrating on the lecturing, asking questions and by active participation in discussions and exercises.

Learners are also expected to perform workplace based experiential learning for every module and some 40 hours per module (240 hours in total) is allocated to this. This means that another 20 hours per week of own study time should be devoted to the programme.

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