About buildingSMART Professional Certification Program

The buildingSMART Professional Certification Program provides international validation that you are highly skilled and recognisably training in digital ways of working.

As the construction industry continues its digital transformation, the need for upskilling increases. This means that people with extensive experience are in high demand and what better way to showcase your skills, knowledge and experience than becoming buildingSMART Certified.

What is the buildingSMART Professional Certification Program?

Professional Certification supports both individuals in achieving international recognition and training organisations to educate and certify individuals according to a recognised global learning framework.

There are two levels of Certification: Foundation and Practitioner.

Foundation is your first step. It focuses on knowledge-based learning, delivered through compact trainings with an online examination to conclude.

For the more experienced individuals, the Practitioner level provides a comprehensive certification, which focusses on applied learning and practical expertise. That means that your knowledge and skills are assessed in a project context.

Who should join the buildingSMART Professional Certification Program?

Starting out in your BIM career or a digital construction veteran, the buildingSMART Professional Certification Program is here to support you and advance your level of skill. Being buildingSMART Certified gives you added credibility from a leading international membership organisation and demonstrates your stand out knowledge and ability.

Two Levels of Certification

There are two levels of Certification: Foundation and Practitioner.


A simple, fast and secure online testing and qualification process

Upon successful completion of the training, the participant can undertake the online assessment to become buildingSMART certified. You can view the platform and register for a short demo exam with the following link.


A comprehensive approach to learning aligned to ISO 17204 and ISO 19650

You will be challenged to apply your openBIM knowledge, skills and experience in a live project environment.

For Individuals Applying to the Program

The buildingSMART Professional Certification Program will distinguish you from others and improve your opportunities for advancement in your current role or organisation. Validating your skill in this way is not only personally rewarding but will help accelerate your career with new job and promotional opportunities

Through Professional Certification you can transform your BIM skills into a major milestone for your professional and personal development. buildingSMART International has already helped over 10 thousand individuals on their path to be recognised as digital construction professionals.

buildingSMART approved training content is written in compliant with the most up-to-date international standards and best practices.

You will receive a globally recognised qualification and mark of quality assurance.

For Organisations Applying a Team to the Program

Employers wishing to up-skill their teams can be assured that buildingSMART approved courses will reflect the very best in international openBIM principles. Organisations operating in multiple countries can benefit from training that is consistent in content across country borders and is internationally recognised.

You can be confident that your teams are being training in accordance with an internationally recognised benchmark and that they will benefit from standardised training irrespective of the training institute or the country in which the training is delivered.

Demonstrate your organisations BIM competency to clients and competitors with the buildingSMART qualification for your teams – all of which will receive a globally recognised qualification and mark of quality assurance.

For Training Providers

Training organisations can join the Program through their local Chapter. By adopting the localised learning framework, training providers can have their courses buildingSMART approved.

Enhance your course content development by using the buildingSMART learning framework.

We will work with you to ensure your course is up to date and reflective of best practices.

Working with buildingSMART International, you will benefit from being a buildingSMART registered learning provider and receive our globally accredited learning guidelines as well as  support mechanisms from our professional networks.

For Chapters

The Program is managed and operated regionally by buildingSMART Chapters. If your Chapter is interested in offering the Program it will be a key asset to your members.

Taking control of the Program management will not only help in the acceleration of BIM skills in your region, but will strengthen your relationship with members.

buildingSMART International has developed all the learning content, as well as well as operational guidelines and provides the technical infrastructure for the online qualification platform – therefore getting started is quick and easy.

Chapters are responsible for localising and translating the learning content, as well as supporting training providers in correctly structuring their courses and ultimately approving their learning content.

Program Team

The buildingSMART Professional Certification Program has been developed over the last three years through the collaboration of experts from around the world.

The work is lead by the Program Committee - representatives from seven buildingSMART Chapters - and is peer reviewed by an international advisory panel

International Program Committee

The Program is being developed and coordinated by the buildingSMART Professional Certification Committee. This is a team of specialists representing nine buildingSMART Chapters: Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, UK & Ireland and USA.


International Advisory Panel



Support Team


Professional Certification Contributors

Chapters are continuing to form working groups to support the primary development of the Professional Certification Program. BuildingSMART International is hereby expressing our sincere appreciation to everyone who has contributed to the program.

NameChapter / Organisation
BertheBenoit BertheSwitzerland Chapter
WhiteRichard White UK and Ireland Chapter
ChapmanLawrence Chapman UK and Ireland Chapter
de GrootHolger de GrootAustralasia Chapter
FarrellShaun Farrell UK and Ireland Chapter
HolmesStephen HolmesUK and Ireland Chapter
HoreAlan HoreUK and Ireland Chapter
SimpsonMartin SimpsonUK and Ireland Chapter
SpencerGareth SpencerUK and Ireland Chapter
NissimLorenzo NissimIBIMI-buildingSMART Italy
NapolitanoMario NapolitanoIBIMI-buildingSMART Italy
ManzoClaudio ManzoACCA Software
BiasiMario BiasiAthenaGroup Consulting
GallarateMirko GallarateCADAcademy
ManelliLuca ManelliGraphisoft Italia
MooreBill MoorebuildingSMART Canada
NewtonDr Linda NewtonbuildingSMART Canada