Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Project Management (Built Environment)




1 Semester

Validated by



Part-Time / Blended Learning


Dublin Main Campus

NFQ Level


This course addresses a specific need for professionals within the built environment to develop project management and entrepreneurial skills.

The programme is designed for those in the middle of their career looking to progress to senior management or become self-employed but is equally applicable to those who are looking to upskill and keep abreast of the needs of industry.

This course is designed to introduce and explore the basic concepts and practices of project management and business planning specifically relating to the Built Environment. When combined with the focus on entrepreneurship, which is unique to the course at Griffith College, this enables learners to consider, create and grow entrepreneurial ventures, both within existing organisations and in start-ups.

Why study Entrepreneurship and Project Management with Griffith College?

In today’s fast-paced business economy of getting ahead and staying ahead, project management is a highly sought-after skill. New projects are often expensive and high-risk, so clients will pay more for the assurance of deliverables. From project planning to leading to monitoring to managing and delivering, this course will give you the vital skills and techniques you need to secure the success of high performing projects. These skills are particularly useful if you  are an aspiring entrepreneur, looking to upskill or are returning to the workplace.

The programme is delivered through a mixture of online lectures and on campus workshops which take place in the evenings/ at weekends to allow for minimal disruption to the working day. Other reasons to consider this course include:

  • With the average salary for a Project Manager in Ireland sitting around €53,000, and higher salaries for specialisation in project types or industries, evidence of professional project management skills will help learners stand out to potential employers, increase their earning potential and further progress their career.
  • Students will receive extensive training in both construction management and project management, essential managerial aspects to carrying out large, complex projects in industry. You will develop an entrepreneurial mind-set which will increase your value to potential employers or help you plan ventures of your own.
  • Graduates possess directly applicable skills in project execution and project control across all of the complex elements of a project so that it can be successfully and professionally managed to its conclusion.
  • Unique to Griffith College, this course provides awareness and a basic understanding of the legal issues frequently encountered by entrepreneurs, such as issues around financing, operations of a company, ownership structuring, the raising of capital, federal securities requirements and exemptions, determining valuation, intellectual property, board formation, human resources, and exit strategies.
  • The course is managed by Griffith’s long-standing Design Faculty and is delivered by experts from the industry.
  • The combination of a mixture of online and on-campus lecture allows for minimal disruption to the normal working day.
  • Full access to Student Adobe Creative Cloud - All Apps plan, which gives you 20+ cutting-edge creative tools for desktop, mobile, and web

This programme is an embedded special purpose award in the Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Project Management (Built Environment) programme. Graduates of the certificate can progress directly to the diploma on completion, or within five years of their graduation.

Course Highlights

  • Designed to meet the skills required by industry;
  • Provides a solid foundation for those in the middle of their career, aspiring entrepreneurs, those looking to upskill or who are returning to the workplace, to allow them to progress in the workplace.
  • Understands the demands of a project manager role and tasks within the context of the building industry
  • Develop an understanding of the legal and professional environment and associated requirements relevant to the built environment
  • Explore entre/intrapreneurial aspirations and abilities by examining entrepreneurial theory, research and process.
  • Friendly, approachable staff (who are experts in their fields), provide a supportive learning environment

Intake Dates

The next intake for this course will be:

  • September*

*subject to sufficient numbers

What industry professionals say

Although you may work for a large company, Designers need to have the essential skills that this course offers - being a team player is vital but being able to make educated decisions independently is also paramount. There is a complex set of roles that are required for a project to run smoothly where each party needs to ensure smooth communication and transparency – a greater understanding of Project Management can only be beneficial to support this.


Oisin MacManus
Interior Designer, The Fumbally Exchange