Online course details


£249 (VAT exempt)

Start date


Course length

4 units, 5 hours of study per unit

CPD hours

20 CPD hours

Mode of study

Tutored online learning



Online course description

Building information modelling (BIM) is a key part of the Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025. The aim is to increase productivity and collaboration through the use of digital technologies. It is a requirement of the common minimum standards for procurement that all public sector projects will meet Building Information Modelling Level 2.

The construction sector is predicted to grow up to 70% by 2025, with an increasing emphasis on the integration of digital collaboration. Many organisations at present may be disadvantaged by not engaging with BIM and therefore potentially unable to tender for future public sector projects.

This short Building information modelling (BIM) course is aligned to current and future needs of professional practice in the construction industry, complemented by the extensive industrial links and staff expertise. The course will cover the key principles of BIM project collaboration using some specific examples of its application through industry standard software such as Revit and Navisworks. Key topics at each stage will be linked to practical examples currently encountered in the sector.

Who is the course for?

Though this course is open to anyone with an interest in BIM, it is ideally suited to professionals working in the construction sector. It will be of particular interest to those that have responsibility for managing projects or for collaboration between project teams.

It is designed for anyone working in the built environment or involved with supply chains within the built environment who needs to understand the key principles of BIM.

It is also suitable for other supply chain professionals and others with a business need or interest in an understanding of BIM Level 2 compliance and project collaboration.

This professional development course will provide you with:

BIM: An Introduction to Project Collaboration

View BIM: An Introduction to Project Collaboration video transcript

Structure, certificates and assessment

You will study this course 100% online. It comprises a range of activities including:

In order to meeting the learning outcomes of the course, you will be required to undertake unit activities and a multiple choice assessment at the end of the course. You will be awarded individual unit badges and a course certificate to demonstrate and evidence your learning.

An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office

We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

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Course units

This first unit will give you an understanding of the background to Building Information Modelling and the relevant policies and strategies to achieve level 2 compliance. To gain the badge for this unit your knowledge of maturity level definitions and industrial standards will be checked.

This unit will cover how organisational structures and roles fit within the BIM process to create multidisciplinary teams supported by BIM execution plans, protocols and standards. You will explore the central models of the BIM Federation, interoperability and technology used in collaboration. At the end of this Unit you will create your own BIM execution plan.

This Unit will cover methods for information retrieval, analysis and integration. This will also be related to decision-making using appropriate BIM collaborative tools. Finally, how BIM is used in forecasting clash detection and site coordination. At the end of this unit, you will be expected to demonstrate the use of project collaboration using appropriate software and data structures.

This unit will define responsibilities and ownership and build your understanding of Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) and its integral part in facility and life-cycle management. It will also cover how BIM will play a part in the smart cities of the future. You will be expected to evaluate where BIM level 3 sits within your sector and what the key usable data would be to facilitate future smart infrastructure.

Learning outcomes


A flexible short course suited to working professionals

This course has fixed start dates and will be supported by a tutor, as well as structured activity-based content. There will be live tutorials discussing specific technical examples in which you will be able to ask the tutor questions. These live sessions will also be recorded in case you are unable to attend. The course will be delivered 100% online with no campus attendance required.

Course requirements

The course is widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.

Learners should have an understanding of the English Language and the ability to study in English.

How to enrol

All of our short courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

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