Certificate in Property Management

This course is designed to give you a range of skills that are useful and often required to be applied in the management and maintenance of properties.

Course Code: VBS113
Fee Code: CT
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate
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This course is designed to give you a range of skills that are useful and often required to be applied in the management and maintenance of properties.
Property managers are employed to look after the routine operations of all types of properties, from commercial buildings to housing estates. They may be employed by a committee of management (eg. body corporate) or the owners of the property. Their work tasks can vary greatly from one job to the next; both in terms of the nature of the work and the scope. Some properties may be relatively small (eg. a commercial estate or building with perhaps only 10 or 20 shops, factories or offices). Others can be extensive and encompass hundreds.
Smaller properties may employ a part time property manager or handyman to look after the routine operations of the property, while larger properties may employ one or several full time staff.
Learn and, develop good organisational skills, develop practical skills and knowledge across a range of trades; build a network of contacts in the property industry
....This course guides you to develop these and other attributes which can make you a very attractive candidate as a property manager.
Property managers may be called on to attend to any type of routine issue which concerns the property as a whole. This may involve such things as maintenance of buildings, grounds, services (electricity, water, waste disposal, etc), or anything else.
A good property manager needs sound management skills, and a basic understanding of a range of service industries, from carpentry to electrical.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate in Property Management.
 Carpentry BSS100
 Starting A Small Business VBS101
 Project Management BBS201
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 11 modules.
 Alternative Energy VSS102
 Garden Maintenance VHT100
 Horticulture I BHT101
 Landscape Construction BHT111
 Cleaning: Domestic and Commercial VTR207
 Event Management BRE209
 Hotel Management BTR202
 Leisure Facility Management I BRE205
 Planning Layout And Construction Of Ornamental Gardens BHT242
 Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens BHT243
 Managing Notable Gardens BHT340

Note that each module in the Certificate in Property Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Understanding Construction is Important

Properties come in all shapes and sizes. Some properties are highly developed, with the complete surface of the property covered by buildings while others may only be partially developed. Property managers may not be involved in any significant construction; but they do need to understand the construction they manage, in order to ensure it is properly maintained, and used in an appropriate way.

This course) are designed to give you a fundamental understanding of how things are built (The Carpentry module is a solid start to learning about construction).; and to understanding how property can be managed.

Established Practices for Building

Man has been building things for thousands of years; and for construction to be sound and safe, it is important to follow standard practices. Building codes are well established in developed countries, and laws are in place to control how things should be built. There are legal, as well as safety implications if these practices are not adhered to.

When constructing buildings with wood for instance; centres for floor joists, studs and rafters will commonly be at 400mm (16 inches). The greater the load on the walls e.g. for buildings with several stories, the closer the studs will be. For instance, for load-bearing walls (exterior walls and those taking the greatest strain form floors above), they may be set at 300mm (12 inch) centres in such cases and 50mm x 150mm (2 x 6 inch) timbers may be used instead of 100mm x 50mm (4 x 2 inch).    

In some types of construction, sheets are fixed to the wall frames before they are put into position. These are usually plywood or another type of laminate. This speeds up the process and saves on labour and scaffolding fees. Some exterior cladding such as sheets of asphalt-impregnated fibreboard, orientated strand board (OSB), and plywood serve to brace the walls enabling them to withstand lateral loads. Other cladding such as sheets of asphalt-coated fibreboard and rigid glass-fibre do not offer the same resistance and so diagonal timber, or metal, bracing must be installed inside the stud walls. Sometimes a combination of suitably rigid cladding and interior bracing is required under local by-laws.

Non load-bearing walls, or partition walls, can be constructed using 3 x 2 inch (76 x 50mm) or 4 x 2 inch (100 x 50mm) studs spaced at 16 or 24 inch centres (400 or 600 mm). Single studs can be used at door openings since there is no vertical load to be supported. A 50mm (two inch) header may be installed. These types of partition walls are often also found in stone and brick buildings. Insulation (and/or sound-proofing may be included inside the studs). Where the partition walls are to be plastered, plasterboards are nailed to the studs and noggins. 
For outside corners, a multiple-stud post comprising at least three studs, or an equivalent, is used. This ensures a solid tie between adjoining walls and also support for nailing interior panelling and exterior cladding. Interior corners and intersections must be framed with at least two studs.

Where the wall meets the ceiling, nailing support for the edges of the ceiling is needed. A timber joist may be installed where the partition wall runs parallel to the ceiling joists.

Lintels above doors and windows are often made from the stud timber. Two pieces may be cut and separated by the width of the timber (generally 50mm - 2 inches) using spacers.

When the walls have been erected and secured in position, a second top plate is added to provide further strength.


Anyone with experience and skill in property maintenance will have a head start in making use of this course. Perhaps you have worked on buildings as a tradesman, or maybe you have experience renovating your own home. Maybe you have a good understanding of property but are getting to a stage in life where you want to ease back from doing as much heavy physical work as you once did.

Property managers do not need to be tradesmen, but they do need to understand property maintenance, and be capable of effectively managing the day to day needs of the organisations or individuals who occupy the properties they manage.

Property Managers may be employed by:

  • Commercial Office Buildings
  • Shopping Centres
  • Industrial Complexes
  • Rsidential complexes
  • Property Development companies


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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Denise Hodges

Promotions Manager for ABC retail, Fitness Programmer/Instructor, Small Business Owner, Marketing Coordinator (Laserpoint). Over 20 years varied experienced in business and marketing. More recently Denise studied naturopathy to share her passion for health and wellness. Denise has an Adv.Dip.Bus., Dip. Clothing Design, Adv.Dip.Naturopathy (completing).

Jacinda Cole

Former operations manager for highly reputable Landscape firm, The Chelsea Gardener, before starting her own firm. Jacinda has over 20 years of industry experience in Psychology, Landscaping, Publishing, Writing and Education. Jacinda has a B.Sc., Psych.Cert., M. Psych. Cert.Garden Design, MACA.

John Mason

Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner.
John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles.


Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams BSc (Hons), PgDip Eng, MSc, CEng MIET, CMgr FCMI

Andrew has extensive experience across the engineering and building services industries, with specialisms in refrigeration and energy management, with professional recognition as both a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Manager.

This experience includes working in consulting and leadership roles right through to being hands on to deliver projects and outcomes for large scale organisations and within startup and scale up environments.

He has adapted his experience to integrate with new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) to allow for a data driven perspective to be applied to problem solving and is actively using Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to solve real world problems.

Jenny Bragg

Jenny has experience across many different business areas including marketing, operations management and human resources, her specialty fields are events, hospitality and tourism. She has worked in a number of different service sector organisations including hotels, restaurants, bars and specialist event providers. Jenny is a trained teacher and has worked with different educational bodies in the UK, as well as providing a consultancy service to the business and events sector.

Michael Brugman

Mike is a graduate of Rhodes University and has experience in the Earth Science field. His working experience includes working as a consultant in geology, environmental and atmospheric science.

More recently he has been focused on research and academia including research interests in areas such as air quality and carbon emissions.

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