Stuart Bonner

Head of Estates and Facilities, Northamptonshire Police

Studied: BIFM Level 6 Award in Facilities Management

BIFM recognised centre: (Quadrilect Ltd)

What was your reason for taking the qualification?

This was something I wanted to achieve and hopefully the start of progressing to Diploma level.

Did you consider other FM qualifications? And if so, why did you choose the BIFM Qualification in Facilities Management?

This seemed to be the most logical and recognised FM qualification.

How did you find the experience of studying for the qualification?

Overall good. I was not sure how I was progressing and even if I was on the right track. Whilst the tutor was very helpful, a peer group would have been useful.

How has achieving the qualification helped in your current role?

It has given me more confidence in my ability to act at a strategic level.

How will achieving the qualification help in your career?

Increased confidence.

Have you put into practice new knowledge and/or skills?

Yes, I have made use of the business analyst tools which was an area I improved my knowledge on whilst completing my qualification. The BIFM Recognised Centre was excellent and improved my knowledge of how the private sector works.

How has it helped the success of your organisation / department?

The BIFM Recognised Centre has really helped me with selling ideas and preparing business cases. It has also assissted me with knowing when I should argue a case and when I am barking up the wrong tree.

Would you recommend the BIFM qualifications to others,and if so why?

Absolutely, BIFM are a recognised organsiation across the industry and having a qualification with the same name can only be advantageous.

What’s the next step?

I hope to complete the certificate when finances allow.

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