Operations and Maintenance (O&M)
HousingU Pathway: Asset Management

Building Systems | February 2024

February 20 to May 13, 2024

Building Systems focuses on the building as a system of interconnected parts. Designed for both new and experienced property and building managers, maintenance staff, and administrators, this course will help the maintenance team understand the interconnected building systems, and the importance of maintenance to keep them functioning in good order. Participants will create an operations and maintenance plan that meets their unique operational and organizational needs, and will set up a building asset inventory system as a component of this course.

This course is designed as an introduction to HousingU’s Building Maintenance and O&M Plan Development courses; however, prior completion of these courses is not mandatory and the courses may be taken in any order.



February 20 to May 13, 2024


$209 + GST

Member Cost:

$139 + GST

Registration Start/End Date:

Registration is closed. Registration for Fall 2024 cohort opens Summer 2024. Contact learn@bcnpha.ca for details.

Topics include:

Introduction to Building Systems | The Hierarchy in the Built Environment | Mental Maps of Building Systems | The Structural System | The Enclosure System | The Mechanical System | The Fire Protection System | The Elevator System | The Interior Finishes System | The Sitework System | Asset Inventories | Final Project

What you’ll learn

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

  • Identify and recognize relevant building systems and sub-systems.
  • Understand the general operations & maintenance implications for each of the building systems.
  • Create an inventory of assets in your building(s).
  • Identify the main issues related to specific building systems.
  • Appreciate the critical nature of some building components, which is necessary for prioritization under budget constraints (risk management).

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.

It was great to do this course. It has really opened my eyes to see how involved maintenance work is. This course material, though overwhelming when thinking about putting it all into works, is super helpful for knowing how to get on track and for knowing the different avenues that need to be completed to have a really successful maintenance program.

Registration Details

To register, click on the button above to login to our secure Registration site.

Note: All HousingU courses are single-user registration only as our learning management system requires a unique email address for each participant. This means you will not be able to enroll another person(s) on your behalf as each participant is required to set up their own BCNPHA account, register individually and use their own email in order to receive their unique login details and course access, as well as participate in online discussion forums and other activities.

Participants are welcome to either pay upfront or select “Pay Later” upon registration checkout and then forward the receipt/invoice to the appropriate party for reimbursement, if applicable. 

For step-by-step registration instructions (PDF) and/or cancellation policy, check out the Course Registration Information page.

Registrants will receive course access instructions from learn@bcnpha.ca prior to the course start date.

Need help?

For more information email:
Kate Nielsen

I am very glad to have taken this course. It has made me more aware of the importance of having a knowledgeable and well trained staff in my role of monitoring a 10-year old building.

The course relates directly to the role I am in and was very helpful to me in providing knowledge to give me better understanding of the systems. I now have a greater understanding of the assets in our portfolio, and have learned a lot about the components of the assets and how they all work together. I found the course to be very intuitive to me. It has given me a better understanding of how everything works.