It is no secret that Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become an essential part of the built environment. The Certificate of Development-Building Information Modeling is an assessment based certificate credential that establishes the knowledge and understanding of concepts to BIM and detailing practices that is important for all BIM teams to know. CD-BIM has been designed to prepare entry level technicians as well as highly experienced construction professionals in BIM with a common understanding of core concepts. Some of these topics include who the stake holders are in the process, what is the BIM Execution plan, how do coordination meetings function and many other key concepts.

The course program is segmented into multiple parts. The initial part of the program addresses general BIM knowledge a detailer must know to effectively function on a 3D modeling project. This effort has included input from practicing members of the BIM Forum LOD Specification working group, national masonry Building Information Modeling initiative (BIM-M), and the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD). The optional subsequent part of the program addresses discipline specific practices and understandings. The first discipline specific curriculum and exam focuses on steel detailing and is developed in partnership with the National Institute of Steel Detailing (NISD). The training modules are available online, free to all.

Exam Info

Please choose the appropriate assessment exam modules for your certification. Part 1 covers general BIM practice and information, and the other optional Part 2 discipline specific detailing focus on trade specific material. The certifications are valid for 12 months from the date the certification is issued.

Eligibility Requirements

CD-BIM candidates must successfully pass the online exam. The body of knowledge for both the general BIM topics and discipline specific topics is free for all detailers to review and study. This includes the sample BIM Execution Plan that is referenced in the exam. Please register for the exam(s) after you have completed reviewing the online course content. You will receive your certificate(s) promptly after passing the given exam(s). The initial part 1 general exam is 1 hour in length. Each of the optional part 2 discipline specific detailing exams are 1 hour each as well.


Part 1 General Assessment (Required)


Part 2 Optional Discipline Specific (1 Discipline) w/Part 1 Exam (2hr total)


All fees total will be collected through the online site.

Pilot Program

To apply for the pilot program, please fill out the form located on this page.