Certificate in Entrepreneurship (Built Environment)

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Short Course
1 Year
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Blended Learning / Part-Time
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship (Built Environment) consists of two modules taught over two semesters.

The part-time Certificate in Entrepreneurship (Built Environment), 20 ECTS, NFQ Level 8 programme consists of two modules delivered over two semesters. The programme enables the learner to explore their entre/intrapreneurial aspirations and abilities by examining entrepreneurial theory, research, and process, and to apply creativity, innovation business and trade initiatives, and strategic management to these businesses within the built environment.

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship (Built Environment) consists of two modules taught over two semesters.

  • Entrepreneurship I (10 ECTS)
  • Entrepreneurship II (10 ECTS)

Why study the Certificate in Entrepreneurship (Built Environment at Griffith College

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:

  • You will develop an entrepreneurial mindset that 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. 
  • 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 lectures 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


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 up-skill or who are returning to the workplace, to allow them to progress in the workplace.
  • 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

  • February*

*Subject to sufficient numbers.

Course Details

Course Modules

 The module enables learners to explore their entre/intrapreneurial aspirations and abilities by examining entrepreneurial theory, research and process. It introduces the learner to each of the variables that have to be considered when exploring entre/intrapreneurship as an owner/manager of a business or as an employee. Learners also develop an awareness of Finance and possible sources of investment available to entrepreneurs. The module also introduces the learner to design thinking.

The module enables learners’ critical thinking in applying creativity, innovation, business, trade initiatives, and strategic management, to a business relevant to the built environment. Innovation, research, and new product development are essential to support the sustainability of the built environment. This module introduces the learner to examples of real-life successes and failures in business/product development scenarios; the role of prototyping, project teams, and brainstorming; and the possibility to support innovation in business, however small and incremental. Enterprises need to be aware of Government supports, grants, and initiatives available in Ireland to help entrepreneurs and the various funding options such as venture capitalists, sponsorship, crowdfunding, angel investors, and microfinance.


One evening per week from 6.30-9.30pm and every second Saturday (3 hour workshops)

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the programme must meet normal QQI requirements, Level 7 or equivalent, award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The applicants require a background from building design and construction-related programmes.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply directly to Griffith College.


For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from the time of application.

Tuition Fees

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00, 2% Learner Protection Charge and EUR50 QQI Award fee is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Part-Time




This course provides a pathway to the Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Project Management (Built Environment), the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Project Management (Built Environment) and other Construction Management related programmes.

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