Certificate in Entrepreneurship (Built Environment)

certificate in entrepreneurship built environment
Microcredential / Short Course
One Year
Validated by
Part-Time / Blended Learning
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

  • Dublin - Part-Time, Blended - September 2024

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.


This course is scheduled to commence in September 2024 at Griffith College Dublin's Main Campus.

This part-time programme runs one evening per week from 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm and every second Saturday from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, over 1 Year (2 Semesters).
(Dates and evening to be confirmed)

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. CV showing relevant experience within the field is required.


English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply directly to Griffith College.


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

Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Part-Time


Total Fee: €1733.00 (Inclusive of Tuition Fee EUR1400.00, Academic Administration Fee EUR250.00,  2% Learner Protection Charge (EUR33.00) and EUR50.00 QQI Award fee)


General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00, 2% Learner Protection Charge, and a EUR50.00 QQI Award fee is applicable each academic year.

An Academic Administration Fee of €250 is payable each September at the start of term. For students starting in the January/February term, €125 is payable in February, and then €250 will be payable each September from then onwards

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.

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