Asset Management Foundations – HousingU online course

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Note: FOAM 101 will be replaced with Asset Management Foundations – a 30-day self-directed module that covers the basics of managing and maintaining your building’s assets. Watch for more details in January 2018, through our e-news. Or contact for more information.

FOAM 101 is an entry level course for those looking for a broad overview of Facilities Operations and Maintenance. Because this course covers the basics it is an ideal place for new building managers, tenant volunteers, administrators and maintenance personnel to begin. It also serves as a great primer for board members unfamiliar with the ins and outs of Operations and Maintenance planning. This course is available once per year as a fully facilitated course and is also available as a non-facilitated, self-directed course.

Topics include:

Operations & Maintenance Models | Types of Maintenance | Role of Stakeholders | Energy Management Basics | Utility Analysis | Benchmarking | Tenant Engagement | Introduction to Operations and Maintenance Planning

What you'll learn

By the end of the FOAM 101 (Fundamentals) course, successful participants will have created a framework and begun the process of designing their own Operations & Maintenance plan.

Time commitment

3-4 hours per week for 6 weeks.


This is an entry level course so no prior knowledge of Operations and Maintenance is necessary.

This is an online course and participants must have basic computer skills and have regular access to a computer with MS Office 2010 or later and a modern, safe browser. We recommend Chrome, however any updated browser will work. Templates used in this course may require MS Excel, MS Word and .pdf reader. This course is provided in English and requires reading and writing at a grade 8 level.


for members for non-members

For more information email:

Kate Nielsen

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