Software Certification

Software certification ensures the validation of the technical capability of software to support IFC data exchange, providing a valuable service to the buildingSMART community and industry at-large.  IFC Certification programs are achieved in collaboration with software vendors, the bSI Implementation Support Group (ISG) and Model Support Group (MSG).

Many applications are certified for IFC2x3 Coordination View 2.0 and there is a rapidly growing number that have achieved IFC4 certification.   Based on the experience with IFC2x3 Coordination View 2.0, IFC4 Certification was split into two more specific view definitions to better support the purpose of IFC data exchange - IFC4 Reference View and IFC4 Design Transfer View Certification.  Reference View supports the coordination of the planning disciplines; architecture, structural analysis and building services and is particularly intended to support clash detection and resolution of issues resulting from geometry.    Design Transfer View, supports the transfer of model data to be used for further design, analysis, estimating and facility management tasks.

IFC4 Certification takes advantage of bSI’s cloud-based documentation platform, where you can find more information and easily register for certification at  If you have questions about certifying your application, please contact the certification team at

The buildingSMART IFC4 certification platform is provided by the following organizations.