Professional Certificate of Competency in Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Course Duration
  • 3 Months
Course Study
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online Electrical Engineering
Course Location
  • Online
Course Code
Course Code
Course Intakes
  • 6 May 2025
  • 7 October 2025
Course Type
Course Type
  • Professional Certificate
  • Civil Engineering
Course Fees

Course Overview

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a concept that revolutionised the way construction projects are conceived by developing intelligent virtual models. When applying BIM, the resulting 3D model is a data-rich digital representation of the facility. It provides professionals with the necessary information to perform practical building analysis. This course aims to discuss several possibilities for adopting the BIM methodology for enhancing the decision-making process in building projects. For this, different tools and methods associated with BIM will be presented and applied to case studies.

Course Benefits

  • You may be eligible to claim CPD points through your local engineering association.
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion from EIT.
  • Learn from well-known faculty and industry experts from around the globe.
  • Flexibility of attending anytime from anywhere, even when you are working full-time.
  • Interact with industry experts during the webinars and get the latest updates/announcements on the subject.
  • Experience a global learning with students from various backgrounds and experience which is a great networking opportunity.
  • Learn about the concept of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its application in developing intelligent virtual models.
  • Gain the necessary information required to perform practical building analysis.
  • Discuss with industry experts on the several possibilities for adopting the BIM methodology for enhancing the decision-making process in building projects.
  • For a deep understanding of the course, you will have an opportunity to review your work and clarify any outstanding issues with the instructor/ facilitator.

Course Details

Although the BIM methodology can improve the decision-making process of building projects, many professionals are still limited to using BIM-based tools to generate virtual models for geometric representation and rendering. Several BIM application possibilities are still not widespread in the market. BIM is advantageous in centralising all data in the same three-dimensional model, allowing different analyses and simulations to be carried out. This will enable professionals, for example, to accurately assess the costs associated with the construction during the design phase of the project, which ensures the minimisation of economic impacts. Besides, it can guarantee the development of more sustainable buildings, with optimised thermal, acoustic and lighting performances, and with conscious consumption of energy and water. Several other possibilities exist, such as the BIM application for facility management and the use of the BIM concept to benefit the maintenance and repair of heritage buildings. BIM-based software enables professionals to reduce costs, detect design errors, and track building timelines. Furthermore, other advantages continue to emerge as the BIM methodology can be integrated with multiple concepts and be used throughout the entire building lifecycle.

This program benefits all professionals associated with the construction industry, such as engineers, architects, and project managers.

Additional Credit

Upon successful completion of this Professional Certificate of Competency:

If you apply and are accepted into the Bachelor of Science (Civil and Structural Engineering), you will obtain credit for the BCS311 Building information modelling unit.

If you apply and are accepted into EIT’s 52873WA Advanced Diploma of Civil and Structural Engineering Technology you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning towards the module: Use building information modelling (BIM) technology for a project (VU22678).

Module 1: BIM Concept

  • What is Building Information Modelling?
  • The difference between the traditional approach and the BIM approach.
  • BIM Dimensions:
    • BIM 3D – Geometry,
    • BIM 4D – Time,
    • BIM 5D – Costs,
    • BIM 6D – Sustainability,
    • BIM 7D – Facility Management.
  • BIM professionals:
    • Head BIM,
    • BIM Manager,
    • BIM Coordinator,
    • BIM Consultant,
    • BIM Modeller, BIM Designer.

Module 2: BIM Tools

  • Overview of different BIM tools: Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Navisworks, Autodesk BIM 360, Graphisoft Archicad, BricsCAD BIM, etc.
  • The advantages of BIM solutions.
  • BIM projects examples and their advantages.

Module 3: Case study development – Part I

  • Presentation of a case study.
  • Autodesk Revit interface.
  • Creating a Revit template.

Module 4: Case study development – Part II

  • Creating Revit families.
  • Most important Revit modelling tools.
  • Modelling the building – Part I.

Module 5: Case study development – Part III

  • Modelling the building – Part II.
  • Project documentation.
  • Printing your views and sheets.

Module 6: BIM Coordination and Collaboration

  • Architectural, structural and MEP engineering coordination.
  • Constructability issues and Model Checking:
    • Code Checking,
    • Clash Detection.
  • OpenBIM concept and application.
  • IFC format.

Module 7: Planning and cost estimation in construction

  • Generation of accurate quantity take-offs.
  • Real-time construction scheduling derived from a BIM model.
  • Cost estimation and budget analysis using BIM.

Module 8: BIM for Sustainability

  • Integrating BIM with sustainability certification systems.
  • Building Energy Modelling.
  • How to minimise environmental, economic, and social impacts of buildings using BIM.

Module 9: BIM for Facility Management

  • How to ensure the building is achieving its return on investment.
  • How to optimise the building performance.
  • How to increase the lifecycle of building equipment.

Module 10: Dynamo BIM

  • Dynamo user interface.
  • Nodes and Dynamo Library.
  • Solving repetitive problems with Dynamo: practical examples.
  • Integrating Dynamo with Microsoft Excel: BIM model data extraction.

Module 11: Improved decision-making process through BIM

  • How to enhance the building decision-making processes in early design stages.
  • How to benefit the different building phases (i.e., design, engineering, construction, maintenance, and operation) through BIM.
  • How to improve data visualisation in BIM.
  • BIM simulations and analyses.
  • Heritage BIM: maintenance and repair of heritage buildings.

Module 12: Project and Unit Review

  • In the final week, students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. An opportunity will be provided for a review of student work and to clarify any outstanding issues. Instructors/facilitators may choose to cover a specialised topic if applicable to that cohort.

You will be able to use the BIM concept to its fullest potential and act as a BIM designer, a BIM consultant, a BIM Manager or a Head BIM. Additionally, you will be able to offer several differentials in your future projects, using the BIM tools in your favour. After this programme, you will act as a project decision-maker, collaborating to develop an innovative built environment.

Potential job outcomes could include:

  • CAD designer
  • BIM coordinator
  • Building technician

To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency course, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars.  Detailed summaries or notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance.  In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes.  If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.

Additional Credit

Upon successful completion of this Professional Certificate of Competency:

If you apply and are accepted into the Bachelor of Science (Civil and Structural Engineering), you will obtain credit for the BCS311 Building information modelling unit.

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Karoline Figueiredo holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, both from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. She was a Visiting Researcher at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain, in 2017 and at Western Sydney University, Australia, in 2018, and in both situations, she developed research in the life cycle assessment of construction materials. She is currently a doctoral candidate, and her research focuses on improving the selection of construction materials to generate fewer environmental, social, and economic impacts.

She has expertise in Sustainable Construction and has developed projects based on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA). One of her most recent works involves the development of a BIM-based platform for optimising the construction material choice using LCSA and Fuzzy logic. She is a lecturer in a postgraduate course in UFRJ, responsible for planning and coordinating a unit about BIM, and a lecturer in the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT). Also, she has worked as a guest professor at Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

Learn about our instructors.

You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.

Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.

Hear from our students

  The delivery methodology and the information available in the e-library can’t be beaten. The other important aspect of online education is recorded lectures. You can review the tutorial and lessons on repeat when you need to understand the concept.  
M Masemola, South Africa
  What I liked most about the course and EIT is the flexibility is offered regarding education. It gave me the opportunity to study and work full-time.  
C Groenewald, South Africa
  I enjoyed interacting with students all around the world, and seeing how the principles I have learned applies to them as well.  
S Zeelie, South Africa
  My line of work requires me travel quite often. I could not attend every class due to my remote locations, but still I could recap and stay on top of the study material thanks to the recordings. Also, all the Instructors were world class.  
P Pretorius, South Africa

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