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Learn the foundational skills in building maintenance and cleaning, contracts, budgeting, building operations and technology, sustainability, risk management, as well as the communication and conflict resolution skills required of a building manager.

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What you will learn

  • Tenant application, screening processes, inspections, and conflicts 

  • Basic rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants under BC law and dispute-handling measures 

  • Commonly utilized practices in records management, budgets, costing and inventory control, and performance and benchmarking metrics in the built environment. 

  • Rudimentary building maintenance and building inspections

  • Building fire safety, security, and risk management protocols 

  • Ethical, cultural, and privacy related aspects of communication in the built environment 

  • Building cleaning and disinfection processes 

  • Current trends in building technology and sustainability 

  • Operations, project, and asset management principles to a variety of different building types 


What to expect

  • Theory and practical problems
  • Assignments
  • Collaborative learning activities
  • Assessments, including (but not limited to) quizzes, tests, midterms, final exams

Admission requirements


No program admission requirements.

Two courses - BLDG 1201 Contract Law in the Built Environment and BLDG 1202 Interpersonal Communication for Building Managers - have a minimum pre-requisite of 'English 10 or equivalent'.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free in academic upgrading, university transfer or English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses.


Recommended Characteristics

  • Interest in working in the built environment  

  • Working proficiency in English (reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension) 

  • Ability to work with confidence independently and as part of a team 

  • Ability to practice cultural sensitivity and professional judgement 

  • Willingness to share experiences and reflect as part of the learning process 


Fees and other costs  

Fee description Fee Amount Notes
Tuition $5,980  
College initiative $40  
Campus resource $120  
Graduation $45  
Total $6,104  

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