Peter completed the BIFM Level 5 Diploma in Facilities Management through Portobello Institute in 2016. The BIFM Level 5 course offered by Portobello Institute is suitable for people with a minimum of two years’ experience working in facilities - so Peter was a perfect candidate for this course.

Peter has a very strong background, with an honours degree in mechanical engineering and 6 years working specifically within the facilities management industry.

Armed with such relevant experience, Peter decided a Diploma in facilities management was the perfect route for him to progress his career. He consulted with admissions at Portobello Institute and after considering the options available to him, committed himself to studying the Level 5 diploma. This meant he could achieve the relevant qualification to ensure career advancement.


Peter speaks very highly of the course which overall he described as excellent, having learnt a lot of new information about developments within facilities. Peter noted that the coursework was extremely relevant to the work he carries on a daily basis within the sector.

Theory and skillset covered in class has already been put in practice in his workplace - essentially allowing Peter to be better at his job. In his current role, Peter has started using customer and employee feedback to measure the effectiveness of work he’s carried out, and has also reported this feedback to his line manager and managing director.

“Support was always readily available from the programme manager Mairead Roche, who was always happy and on hand to answer any questions. “
Peter thoroughly enjoyed the class interaction with his peers and tutors, the great gift of learning from each other’s experiences proved really beneficial.

Peter would recommend this course for anybody seeking to advance their career in facilities management. “This course is a must!”
Future plans look bright for Peter who is already looking at the possibility of studying BIFM Level 6 Diploma in FM.


The FM sector is rapidly developing, so qualifications are becoming a must have in order to achieve the greatest potential. Portobello Institute offer courses from entry through to senior level. The Level 3 is aimed at those starting out on this career path through to progression up to Level 6 which is aimed at facilities managers employed at a senior strategic level.

To start your facilities journey or for progression opportunities please contact Lynda O'Neill on 01 8920020 or lynda.oneill@portobelloinstitute.ie