- Northern Ireland
- This qualification is not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables.
- British Institution of Facilities Management (BIFM) is the professional body for facilities management.
- BIFM has invested in building clear career development pathways through its range of facilities management (FM) qualifications.
The purpose is to support both individuals and organisations in developing facilities management expertise towards the achievement of a benchmark of excellence in the facilities management industry.
BIFM Level 3 qualifications in facilities management develop learners’ ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity.
- taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures
- exercising autonomy and judgement within limited parameters
- reflecting awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work.
Includes five mandatory units that total 26 credits and optional units to be chosen to total a minimum of 22 credits.
A minimum of 10 units.
A minimum of 48 credits overall.
- Level 3
UK Level 3 Qualification regulated to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
A levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the RQF.
Level 3 is aligned with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.
 The QCF was a credit-based transfer system which recognised qualifications and units by awarding credits. It has now been withdrawn for all new qualifications.
 The RQF is the new system for cataloguing all qualifications regulated by Ofqual, indexing them by level and size.
Achieved or not achieved
All centres must gain BIFM recognition to deliver and assess the BIFM qualifications.
All assessment criteria of the unit must be achieved in order to achieve the unit and its credit value.
A minimum of 48 credits must be achieved to complete the BIFM Level 3 Diploma.
The following methods for the internal assessment of BIFM units can include:
- a requirement for the application of knowledge of a facilities management work-based scenario whenever possible
- review of evidence from work
- review of evidence from simulated work (i.e., course assignments or projects, including making presentations)
- review of coursework
- oral questioning to supplement other evidence
- professional interviews
- written tests.
BIFM centres can also use any other methods that will provide valid and reliable assessment, subject to the BIFM’s approval.
Assessment can be for an individual unit or for groups of units in combination, although in the latter case there remains a requirement that the results can be disaggregated so that credit can be awarded or withheld for the individual units in the group.
BIFM does not allow centres the final decision on awarding the qualification. Assessment is subject to moderation by BIFM (depending on the centre’s risk rating a 10-20% sample is taken from the centre’s upload of provisional results).
Learners who achieve the minimum credit value specified by the rules of combination, as described in the previous section, will achieve the qualification.
If a learner does not meet all the assessment criteria for a unit there are two outcomes:
- resubmit – The learner is given the opportunity to revise their assignment to meet the assessment criteria not met, with any amends in red. A learner can resubmit their assignment up to two times.
- Refer – If, after discussion, it is agreed that the non-achievement is because the level of the unit is not appropriate for the learner, then the learner should consider registering for a lower level of qualification.
Guided Learning Hours – minimum of 198 hours.
BIFM Level 3 Diploma in Facilities Management
Achievement of this qualification can support progression to a foundation or full degree in Facilities Management or a related subject, depending on the learner’s overall programme.
Learners holding this qualification may have limited experience of external assessment.
In normal circumstances, centres will upload their provisional results in the last week of each month. BIFM will moderate and verify results within 6 working weeks. Centres will then inform their learners of achievement.
In normal circumstances, certificates will be printed by BIFM during the second week of each month and sent to the centre for onward transmission to the learner.
These are current qualifications
The structure of the BIFM Level 3 Diploma programme has remained unchanged since the qualification’s introduction but has had an additional unit added as an optional unit choice.
BIFM reports certification on a quarterly basis to its regulators but does not release the information publicly.
A learner has a registration period of two years in which to complete a BIFM qualification unless there are special considerations.
In 2015 there were 30 certificates issued
In 2014 there were 5 certificates issued
Achievement of the Level 3 Diploma can lead to the learner progressing to a higher level qualification such as the BIFM Level 4, dependent on career development plans.
Progression to Level 4 allows the learner to carry 1 unit (max 6 credits) from their Level 3 achievement towards either the BIFM Level 4 Certificate or Diploma (however all the relevant mandatory units at Level 4 will need to be achieved).
Achievement of the BIFM Level 3 Diploma meets the academic criteria of the BIFM Associate (ABIFM) grade of BIFM professional membership: http://www.bifm.org.uk/bifm/membership/advantages.
Achievement of the BIFM Level 3 Diploma should allow progression onto a Foundation degree in facilities management or a related subject.
Achievement of the BIFM Level 3 Diploma should allow progression onto a Degree in Facilities Management.
Further details on the BIFM Qualifications can be found here: http://www.bifm.org.uk/bifm/careerdevelopment/newbifmqualificationnetwork/level3