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

Building Systems Winter (Jan) 2022

January 24, 2022 - April 19, 2022

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.



January 24, 2022 - April 19, 2022


$209 + GST

Member Cost:

$139 + GST

Registration Start/End Date:

Registration closes February 7, 2022

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.

Student Virtual Orientation Session: Join your facilitator and other students for a 1-hour virtual session. The date/time will be confirmed once the course has started. This is your opportunity to meet your instructor and fellow learners, discuss your unique goals, experience and background, as well as receive an orientation to the course content and requirements. We’ll also be sure to leave time to answer any questions you may have! Attendance at this session is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged to help give you a strong start. For those who are unable to attend, a recording of the session will be made available.  Access instructions will be provided after the course start date.


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: We require a unique email address for each course participant as our online learning system will not accept duplicate emails.

For further instructions, check out the Course Registration Information page.

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

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 learn@bcnpha.ca.

For more information email:
Kate Nielsen – Education Lead

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.