BIFM Level 5 Range of Qualifications

Award to Certificate Progression

Moving up, or topping up, from the Level 5 Award to the Level 5 Certificate is a natural progression. Later on, the same progression may be undertaken to achieve the Diploma, if so desired.

The following information indicates the work required to move from Award to Certificate.

Certificate Requirements

The following chart indicates in what way the programme is managed, conducted and also to what extent the learner is involved. A chart cannot indicate all the qualification complexities which the tutors can convey during the programme induction sessions, but we hope the following offers help in choosing the right qualification.

 Level 5 Certificate (Top-up after achievement of Award)
No. of credit points required to achieve qualification

A mimimum of 24 credits required in total (10 credits added to the 14 achieved for the Award).

No. of hours a learner will study

The BIFM suggest approximately 98 hours of guided learning will be required (49 on top of the 49 already undertaken to achieve the Award). As part of this, learners will research and prepare work to include in their assessment submissions.

Programme duration is likely to be 4 to 5 months.

Will learners conduct homework or work-based assignments?

Yes, the format of the learning requires self-study on a distance learning basis, supported by work-based research that will be required for the final assessment in each topic area.

All course work completed will prepare learners for the final summative work-based assessments.

What is the format of the assessment?

A series of written work to be prepared and submitted as well as reviews (may include some professional discussion) of work-based assignments.



After completing the Certificate, learners may wish to progress to studying for the Diploma which is by way of a further top-up programme.