buildingSMART Professional Certification

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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.

Program Scope

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 ?

Individuals

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.

Benefits

  • 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.

Industry organisations

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.

Benefits

  • 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

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.

Benefits

  • 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’

buildingSMART Chapters


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.

Benefits

  • 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

Program Structure

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The program is two-tier:

  • Individual Qualification, or knowledge-based learning (launched as Phase 1) This introduces the basic concepts and principles of openBIM. This is a theory-based learning that does not include software training or hands-on practice. However project examples and demonstrations are given to reinforce the core principles. The Individual Qualification series is comprised of eight modules, each of a one to three day duration.

Basic

Manager

Coordinator

Consultant

Contractor

Owner

Facility Manager

Manufacturer

The Basic module is the prerequisite for all further modules. It is anticipated that most participant will undertake the basic and one further discipline module, however, they are of course free to undertake additional modules as they so wish.

  • 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.

Course Approval

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.

Program Timeline

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.

openBIM

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.

Yoshinobu Adachi
Yoshinobu Adachi

buildingSMART Japan

Mark Baldwin
Mark Baldwin

buildingSMART Switzerland

Elif Hjelseth
Elif Hjelseth

buildingSMART Norway

Linda Newton
Linda Newton

buildingSMART Canada

Antonio Tort Perèz
Antonio Tort Perèz

buildingSMART Spain

Sarah Merz
Sarah Merz

buildingSMART Germany

Daniel Rossiter
Daniel Rossiter

buildingSMART UK & Ireland

Industry Advisory Panel

Brian Aitkin
Brian Aitkin

buildingSMART Canada

Angelo Luigi Camillo Ciribini
Angelo Luigi Camillo Ciribini

buildingSMART Italy

Gustavo Ferreiro
Gustavo Ferreiro

BIM Freelance

Alar Jost
Alar Jost

Implenia

Susan Keenliside
Susan Keenliside

S8

André Pilling
André Pilling

DEUBIM

Rainer Sailer
Rainer Sailer

Mensch und Maschine

Anstein Skinnarland
Anstein Skinnarland

buildingSMART Norway

Rasso Steinmann
Rasso Steinmann

University of Applied Sciences, Munich

Woonjae Lee
Woonjae Lee

buildingSMART Korea

Program Support

Robert Jungling
Robert Jungling

Marketing
DEUBIM

Sarah Evered
Sarah Evered

Program Administrator
Man & Machine UK

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.