Compliance programs under which software, product data quality, processes and deliverables data quality, professionals, and organizations are assessed and certified based on demonstrated ability to meet the requirements of a standard provide a vital service to all working with BIM and the built environment.  For those achieving certification, it adds credibility and ensures they meet the expectations of their clients.

buildingSMART International provides rigorous software certification, user verification and compliance programs to assure the marketplace and support user uptake. The compliance schemes for software, products, processes, and organizations are executed by licensed third parties under the authority of buildingSMART International. Local buildingSMART chapters also use local chapter licensed third parties to certify professionals, products, processes, and organizations.  The buildingSMART Professional Certification Program enables learning organisations to educate and certify individuals according to a recognised global learning framework.