buildingSMART Professional Certification
The global benchmark for openBIM training
buildingSMART stands for quality assurance and standardisation in the digitalisation of the built asset industry.
With the launch of the Professional Certification program buildingSMART provides a global benchmark for openBIM competency assessment. This international initiative is being developed and adopted in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Whether you are a chapter representative, development partner, training organisation or individual seeking certification we invite you to be part of this important initiative.
In recent years we have witnessed an accelerated adoption of BIM around the world. However, there is still a lot of confusion and a lack of consistency in defining processes and agreeing on basic terms and concepts. There is also a great disparity in the competence of industry professionals who manage and deliver BIM projects. For BIM adoption to be successful, we need:
- consensus in the use of standardised terminology and processes and
- benchmarking mechanism against which the competence of individuals can be measured.
The buildingSMART Professional Certification program enables learning organisations to educate and certify individuals according to a recognised global learning framework. This is a quality assurance for compliance with established openBIM standards. It will help to bring clarity and consistency to the education of individual in this field.
The program is a proof of competence for professionals working with Building Information Modelling. Qualified and Certified professionals can demonstrate that their knowledge is consistent with international standards and best practices.
buildingSMART International will not be delivering trainings itself, but will support training organisations through its global learning framework, online certification platform and resource material.
The program has the following goals:
- To standardise and promote openBIM training content
- To support and accredit training organisations
- To testing and certifying individuals
Who Is This Program Aimed At ?
This program is designed with our industry professionals foremost in mind. Individuals are invited to attend a buildingSMART approved course of their choosing. Upon successful completion of the training, the participant can undertake the online assessment to become buildingSMART Professionally Qualified.
- Standardised training content based on latest international development and best practices.
- A globally recognised qualification and mark of quality assurance.
- A simple, fast and secure online testing and qualification process.
Employers wishing to upskill their staff can be assured that buildingSMART approved courses will reflect the very best in international openBIM principles. Organisations operating in multiple countries can benefit from trainings that are consistent in content across country borders and are internationally recognised.
- Train your staff in accordance with an internationally recognised benchmark
- Benefit from standardised training irrespective of the training institute or the country in which the training is delivered.
- Demonstrate your organisations BIM competency for project acquisition with the buildingSMART qualification of your staff.
Training organisations can join the program through their local chapter. By adopting the localised learning framework, training partners can have their courses ‘buildingSMART approved’. Organisations can also benefit from training material, seminars and on-going support provided by the chapter team.
- Kick-start your course content development by using the bSI learning framework
- Ensure your course is up-to-date and reflective of best-practices
- Benefit from the learning guidelines and support mechanisms, from the local chapter
- Brand your course as ‘buildingSMART approved’
The program is managed and operated at a national level through the local chapters. Chapters engage with their local industry and adapt the learning framework for country-specific requirements. In addition, local chapters can support training partners in correctly structuring their courses and ultimately approving their learning content. The assessment and qualification of individuals is also managed through the local chapter.
- Easy to adopt programme based on the standardised bSI learning framework and support material
- Online platform is fully developed and requires only minimal local customisation before use.
- Strengthen relationships with your members
- Establish a steady source of income
The program is two-tier:
- Individual Qualification, or knowledge-based learning (launched as Phase 1) is designed to introduce the basic concepts and principles of openBIM. This focusses on theory-based learning that does not include software training or hands-on practice. Course provider are encouraged to give project examples and demonstrations to reinforce the core principles. The Individual Qualification is built around a single Basic module, that can be delivered in a 2-day course.
Additional modules, may be offered by training providers if they so choose. These are yet to be developed, but may include:
The Basic module is the prerequisite for all further modules.
- Professional Certification or applied learning (to be launched at Phase 2). This addresses the application of openBIM principles in the project environment. It is a practice-driven, comprehensive training comprised of specific role based modules (eg BIM Manager, BIM Coordinator, Information Manager). Each module will require 200+ hours of class learning in addition to live project work. Professional Qualification is in development and is expected to be launched in late 2018.
buildingSMART Professional Certification does not address tertiary level trainings, however, buildingSMART engages with and supports universities in developing their BIM curricula.
Learning Outcome Framework – Individual Qualification
Each training module is based on a Learning Outcome Framework (LOF); essentially a list of learning objectives. The LOF’s are the basis from which training organisations can develop their course content. They are also the foundation for the assessment and qualification process. The official buildingSMART international LOF is in working progress and will be published timely within the launch of the program.
Assessment and Qualification – Individual Qualification
Assessment and qualification is managed via an online assessment platform. For each module there is a separate assessment derived from a database of questions. The questions correlate to the individual learning objectives defined in the learning outcome framework.The cost of the individual online assessment and qualification is to be decided by the individual buildingSMART Chapters. This may vary slightly from country to country depending on national requirements, however, is not expected to exceed € 125. This does not include the cost of the course training, which is decided independently by each training organisation.
The approval of course material (for commercial training organisations) will be managed by the local buildingSMART chapters based on guidelines from buildingSMART International. The fee for course approval is also to be decided by the individual buildingSMART Chapters. This may vary from country to country depending on national requirements, however is not expected to exceed € 2,500 and will be valid for one year.
The international program was launched to buildingSMART chapters in July 2017. Each country or regional chapter will announce their public launch date to their members. We anticipate a number of chapters going ‘live’ by the end of 2017.
The accreditation of learning organisations for the «Professional Certification» program will start in Q1 2018.
This program refers to openBIM in the broadest and most inclusive sense. This includes all BIM processes that are independent of proprietary solutions and are based on open standards. The program seeks to promote buildingSMART standards, however, is also inclusive of general processes, best practices and other non-proprietary standards that may not have originated from buildingSMART.
Professional Certification Committee
The program is being developed and coordinated by the buildingSMART Professional Certification Committee. This is a team of specialists representing eight buildingSMART chapters; Switzerland, Norway, German Speaking, Canada, UKI, Spain, Korea and Japan.
buildingSMART UK & Ireland
Industry Advisory Panel
Mensch und Maschine
University of Applied Sciences, Munich
Professional Certification Sponsors
The program is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors. Please contact us if you are interested in being involved or sponsoring the program.