Building Maintenance (Fall 2020) – HousingU online course

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Building MaintenanceBuilding Maintenance focuses on maintenance principles, practices and techniques for organizations of different size and complexity. This online, facilitated course will help new and experienced property and building managers, maintenance staff, and administrators communicate maintenance needs; understand maintenance terminology; and begin to develop a maintenance plan as a component of this course. This course can be completed in 8 weeks or less; however participants have up to 3 months to complete.

Topics include:

Introduction to Maintenance | The Maintenance Core Principles | The Consequences of Deferred Maintenance | The Four Types of Maintenance Strategies | Seasonal Maintenance Schedules | The Parts of a Maintenance Plan | Maintenance Management Skills | Final Project

What you'll learn

By the end of this course, successful participants will able to:

  • Recognize the core principles that serve as the foundation of a good maintenance program
  • Identify the different levels of deferred maintenance and their potential impact on your organization
  • Describe the four types of maintenance strategies and recognize how these align with different types of assets
  • Compile a seasonal maintenance schedule that includes the 8-W’s of why, what, where, when, how, which, who and how much.
  • Assemble the different parts of a long-range maintenance plan that is suitable for the scale and complexity of your organization
  • Appreciate the critical role of maintenance management in the organization’s journey towards sustainability

Time commitment

This course includes approximately 32 hours of content. It is recommended that you commit to studying for 3-4 hours a week in order to be done in 8 weeks. However, you will have up to 3 months to complete. You can progress at your own pace, log in to do assignments, and participate in forum discussions whenever when it’s convenient for you. Having said that, we do encourage you to stick to the posted weekly schedule so that most participants will be working on the same topic at roughly the same time.


Some prior knowledge of Operations and Maintenance would be helpful. Completion of Asset Management Foundations is recommended, but not mandatory. As an online course, participants must have basic computer skills and have 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.

Start and end dates

September 14, 2020 - December 06, 2020


$139 + GST for members , $209 + GST for non-members

Volume Discount: Register 3 or more people from the same organization for this course and your rate will be reduced to $109 each (+GST). This offer is for BCNPHA members only. To take advantage of this discounted rate, please email


To register, click the large green button at the top of this page: “Login to account”, or “Create an account” (if you do not yet have one). Note: We require a unique email address for each course participant as our online learning system will not accept duplicate emails. If you need further instructions, click Course registration instructions.

This course is part of the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Program.

For more information email:

Kate Nielsen - Education Lead

Note: Registration closes September 28, 2020

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