Building Manager Certificate

Building management is a growing industry throughout British Columbia and there is an increasing need for well-trained managers for residential, commercial, and industrial complexes. VCC’s Building Manager Certificate is designed to provide a strong foundation for students who wish to begin a career in this competitive field, or to improve the skills of current caretakers/managers.

This program provides training in key areas of building management and leadership including landlord-tenant law, basic building maintenance, fire safety and security, relevant office forms, and record keeping. Additional topics explored include goal setting, problem solving techniques, staff supervision, and tenant/owner relations. Program graduates will be prepared to work as on-site apartment building managers or to function as building service supervisors in hospitals, schools, and commercial buildings.


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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep, Jan, Apr 4 months Certificate Downtown Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program/courses.

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Program Description

Program Description


On completion of the Building Manager Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Screen and accept applications from prospective tenants.
  • Manage residential tenancies through an understanding of landlord-tenant law.
  •  Describe appropriate measures for handling and resolving certain common landlord/tenant disputes.
  • Explain the basic rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants under British Columbia law.
  • Maintain proper record keeping and practical guidelines for dealing with tenants.
  • Carry out the primary maintenance responsibilities of residential building managers.
  • Perform preventative maintenance, building inspections, and basic appliance repair.
  • Demonstrate fire safety and security protocols.
  • Prepare budgets and controls, estimate costs, control inventory.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills such as scheduling, and motivating and supervising a multicultural staff.
  • Classify various types of soils, cleaners, cleaning chemicals, germicides, and disinfectants.
  • Demonstrate correct cleaning procedures for washrooms, windows, and specialty areas.
  • Cite safety/liability issues and WHMIS regulations.


Students are expected to take an active role in the learning process. Combining theory and practical problems, the courses enable participants to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to manage effectively.


This program consists of four required courses, which can be taken over two or three semesters. Students have a maximum of three years to complete the program.


The Instructor will evaluate students based on assignments, tests, and final exam. Program students require a minimum of 60% in each course to qualify for the certificate.


Upon successful completion of this program, and once an application for graduation has been submitted to the registrar’s office, the student will receive a Vancouver Community College Building Manager Certificate.


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

The Law and Tenant Relations and Building Service Management courses require a minimum English proficiency of Grade 10 level (English 059). These courses cover legal and supervisory topics that require students to use strong expression and comprehension skills to complete assignments and other written work.

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Good knowledge of English
  • Ability to speak and write clearly
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Motivated
  • Hard working

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Building management is a growing industry throughout British Columbia and there is an increasing need for well-trained managers for residential, commercial, and industrial complexes.

VCC’s building manager certificate is designed to provide a strong foundation for students who wish to begin a career in this competitive field, or to improve the skills of current caretakers/managers.

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Program Coordinator: Sid Khullar, VCC Building Program, 604.871.7000, ext. 8670
Program Assistant: Dorothy Giroux,VCC Building Program, 604.871.7000, ext. 8383

Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2019 (201992)

(REAL 1101) Law and Tenant Relations 1.5 credits    $358.90

Learn to manage residential tenancies through a study of landlord-tenant law, proper record keeping, and practical guidelines for dealing with tenants. The course examines screening steps, tenancy applications, tenancy contracts, handling evictions, dispute resolution, landlord/tenant rights, the Residential Tenancy Act, and arbitration hearings at the Residential Tenancy Branch. Condominium law is also covered. Fee includes cost of Residential Tenancy Act and Residential Tenancy Regulation.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20372 DTN Rm. 920
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

1800 - 2030
to 18-Jun-2019
Dougan, Phil

Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 Continuing Studies Jan-Mar20 Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2020 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Building Cleaning (REAL 1103)
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2.5 credits N/A
Building Maintenance and Cost Control (REAL 1102)
course schedule schedule
2.5 credits N/A
Building Service Management (REAL 1110)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits N/A
Law and Tenant Relations (REAL 1101)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits $358.90

Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.

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