What is the buildingSMART Professional Certification Program?

The buildingSMART Professional Certification Program can distinguish you from others and improve your opportunities for advancement in your current role and future career. buildingSMART International has already helped over 10 thousand individuals on their path to be recognised as digital construction professionals.

There are two defined two levels of Professional Certification. In reference to the Blooms Taxonomy to classify the level of learning required, the Foundation level is the first release, designed to satisfy basic knowledge requirements around BIM; specifically the knowledge and comprehension learning levels of the Bloom’s Taxonomy.

The Practitioner level, is a more comprehensive approach that addresses applied learning and practical expertise (including the application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation requirements of the Blooms taxonomy). Currently in development, Practitioner level is expected to be market-ready in late 2022.

Blooms Taxonomy


The Foundation level corresponds to shorter courses (of a minimum 16 learning units) that focus on the theory of Building Information Modelling (BIM.

These courses start at entry level BIM. BIM is more than just working in a digital environment. It is about ensuring we have the relevant knowledge and capabilities to achieve best practice and the continued drive to digitising the built environment.

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

Whether you are a building owner, designer consultant, contractor or project manager, the Foundation level training will help you to understand the opportunities that collaboration brings within a virtual, openBIM environment.

Foundation Curricula

The Foundation level is divided into specific learning curricula. Each curriculum can be thought of as a separate course that caters to a specifi domain. There are currently nine curricula offered or in development: Basic, Owner/Operator, Contractor, Designer, FM. Project Management, Manufacture. Building Performance and COBie. The ninth curricula is “Basic” and is the foundation upon which the other eight are based, and is a prerequisite for attending the advanced foundation curricula.

Foundation Curriculum plan May 21


Practitioner level encompasses a more comprehensive approach and is aligned with ISO 17024 and ISO19650. The Practitioner level corresponds training aimed at a much higher competency threshold, where applicants are challenged to apply their knowledge in a project environment.

The Practitioner level offers a qualifications that demonstrates your BIM skills and experience, this can make you more desirable to employers, your supply chain and current and potential clients - give you the opportunity to win more work.

Practitioner Curricula

The first Practitioner curricula, COBie Certified Professional™ is being offered through bSI since 2021. For more information visit this link to the Cobie Certified Professional™ Website. Additional Practitioner curricula are in development and will be rolled out in 2023.