- 12 Weeks
If you’re currently a manager working in First Nations housing, or want to expand your career in this fast-paced, challenging field, VIU’s fully online First Nations Housing Manager program can help you develop the skills to make a difference. Navigate the steep learning curve that often results from taking on responsibility for management of a First Nations community’s housing program with this three-month certificate program comprised of six courses delivered online.
Learn to approach the varied duties in your role effectively and efficiently, and take away skills that will help you manage people and projects. This is also a beneficial program for you if you currently work in First Nations governance or administration, and seek practical knowledge and information to help you manage, expand and improve on-reserve housing programs.
The First Nations Housing Manager Certificate Program
The construction and maintenance of affordable, quality housing is a priority for First Nations across Canada. As First Nations regain increased control over governance and administration of their own affairs, housing managers take on increased responsibility for all elements of First Nations housing programs. The role of housing manager is complex, demanding and rapidly changing. The skills of on-reserve housing managers have a direct impact on the health of families and communities. It is a key, high profile role, which comes with an enormous opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in communities across Canada.
The First Nations Housing Manager Certificate Program will train housing managers to assist communities to benefit from affordable, healthy, high quality, and well-maintained housing. The program provides learners with the opportunity to develop management skills through a combination of theory and practical application. The interactive approach to learning new skills encourages participants to test new ideas, fine tune relevant skills and share experiences and expertise with other housing managers in a supportive learning environment.
The program offers a practical format for professional development, combining classroom and online instruction, recognizing and complementing existing work schedules and minimizing time away from communities and ongoing work functions. The program may be taken as a complete training program or courses may be taken individually.
Program Goals and Objectives
The key objectives of the program are to provide First Nations on-reserve housing managers with:
- Practical knowledge and skills to manage housing programs, projects and activities
- An introduction to general, transferable management concepts and theory
- A culturally relevant learning experience
- Practical skills and knowledge required for housing management, including:
- maintenance management
- financial planning, management and accountability
- contracts and tenders
- planning and performance management
- policy and procedure
- effective communication skills and tenant relations
- administrative functions, and
- managing construction and renovations
FNHM 100T - (Introduction to Housing Management)
FNHM 110T - (Housing Administration Level 1)
FNHM 120T - (Housing Administration Level 2)
FNHM 130T - (Financial Management for First Nations Housing Managers)
FNHM 140T - (Interpersonal Communications for Housing Managers)
FNHM 150T - (Introduction to Construction and Renovations)
All program courses must be successfully completed before certificates will be issued.
Program length is based upon completion of 6 courses (12 weeks each in duration).
Successful completion of all courses in a program.
- Grade 12, or equivalent, or mature student status.
Notes on Admission
- Physically fit and able to adapt to working conditions
- Good hand/eye coordination
- Good health, free of vision, hearing, or respiratory ailments
- Valid driver's license will be required for vehicle and equipment operation
- Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program
The program is intended to provide training to housing managers who work with on-reserve housing programs, or those who may do this work in the future. It will also benefit others involved in First Nations governance or administration.
When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.
Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.
|Fees - First Nations Housing Manager
|Tuition (6 courses x $1257.81 per course)
|Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)
|VIU Students' Union fee (3 months x $17.68 per month)
| Textbooks and supplies
All fees are subject to change without prior notice and are expected to increase by 2% each year on April 1.
|Program Start Date
March 2024 - specific start date to be determined
Accepting Late Applications:
Name: Naomi Knodel
Area Secretary Contact:
Name: Niki Scarfo, Program Coordinator
The First Nations Housing Manager program is a part-time program consisting of 6 individual 12-week courses. Courses are delivered online, one at a time. The program takes approximately one and a half years to complete.
Please reach out to the Area Contact for further information on program and planned start date.
It is advisable that students have sufficient essential skills (reading, writing, numeracy, and computer use) to be successful in the program.
When applying to the program, please select the following options:
Previous versions of this program can be found in the Program Archive.