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BIM-EP & CM-BIM FAQ

 

Program Basics
 

 

CM-BIM Details
 

 

Instructors and Hosting Courses
 

 


Tell me a little about the AGC’s BIM Education Program? How do I register for the courses? Are there any requirements to be completed before taking the courses? Who is eligible to take the course?
AGC's BIM Education Program — developed in conjunction with leading BIM practitioners, technology firms and educators—is designed to prepare construction professionals at all experience levels to successfully implement BIM on a construction project.

Unit 1 – An Introduction to Building Information Modeling (3rd Edition)

Unit 2 – BIM Technology (3rd Edition)

Unit 3 – BIM Project Execution Planning (3rd Edition)

Unit 4 – BIM Adoption, Implementation, and ROI (3rd Edition)

We primarily rely on our chapters to offer the curriculum programs and exams. The courses available are posted by our chapters directly on the national calendar. If you don’t see something near you, we recommend you contact your local chapter to express interest and see if/when they plan on offering the courses. You can find a listing of AGC chapters here: http://www.agc.org/cs/about_agc/find_a_chapter.

 


Where can I take BIM Education Program classes?
Classes can be delivered at local training centers or in-house at construction firms. The primary delivery locations are at AGC Chapters. See a calendar of upcoming courses here.

 


Are the classes offered online?
The courses are in-seat only. Participants must attend all four courses in a classroom environment, delivered by an approved instructor, to be eligible to sit for the exam.

 


Can I take the courses online or via self-study?
No. Participants must attend all four courses in a classroom environment, delivered by an approved instructor, to be eligible to sit for the exam.

 


Do I have to take all four courses? Can I just take the exam?
Participants must attend all four courses in a classroom environment, delivered by an approved instructor, to be eligible to sit for the exam

 


How long are the classes?
It is a four course curriculum (32 hours total).

 


Can I take BIM Education Program classes in multiple locations?
Yes. The BIM Education Program is developed in a manner to allow consistent delivery across the country and you should feel free to mix-and-match training locations as your schedule allows.

 


Do I have to take the courses in order?
It is not required for the credential that the courses be taken in order however, the course materials do build upon each other and it is strongly recommended that they be taken in order to maximize your experience.

 


Do I have to be a member in order to attend the class or sit for the exam? If I want to be a member how do I join?
No, you do not need to be a member to attend the course and sit for the exam. Joining AGC's membership has many benefits such as providing you with an incomparable menu of products, programs and services to support your business.Join at a local level!

 


I reside outside the US, do I have to be a US citizen or US resident in order to take the class or exam? Do you have a chapter or representative outside the US to host the class and/or the exams? Can I take the courses and exam online?
No. You do not need to be a US citizen or US resident to take the class or to sit for the exam. You just need to be able travel to the US the courses and exam. The courses and the exam is offered in-seat only and only in the US.

 


What is the CM-BIM credential?
AGC’s CM-BIM credential is an assessment-based certificate program—simply put, it is a credential that acknowledges your completion of a training program and an exam that verifies that you have learned the information provided in that program. The CM-BIM program is designed to set a baseline of BIM knowledge across the industry; it does not denote a level of expert knowledge in all facets of BIM.

 


How do I earn my CM-BIM? How do I register for the CM-BIM exam? Which application(s) do I need to fill out?
Individuals earn the CM-BIM credential by:

Completing all four BIM Education Program courses, facilitated by an approved instructor

Must have approved application in advance of exam administration. Once you have completed the four mandatory course and are ready to take the exam, you need to fill out the online CM-BIM application

Passing the CM-BIM exam by earning a raw score of 91 or higher

 


Can I sit for the exam without taking the classes?
Participants must attend all four courses in a classroom environment, delivered by an approved instructor, to be eligible to sit for the exam.

 


How much does it cost to earn my CM-BIM?
Participants will need to pay to attend all four BIM Education Program courses and the exam fee. The cost of the individual BIM EP courses varies by training location but is generally somewhere between $1,200 and $1,600 for all four courses. This typically includes the price for the course books.

The fee for the CM-BIM exam is $575, and in the event you must re-take the exam there is a re-testing fee of $100.

 


What is covered in the CM-BIM exam?
The CM-BIM exam tests only the concepts learned in the BIM Education Program. Participants are not required to have any outside knowledge and should base their answers solely off what was taught in the courses and what is in the course materials.

 


What is the format of the exam and how much time will I be given?
The CM-BIM is a 125 question, multiple-choice exam, derived directly from the BIM Education Program course content. Each question provides four answer options with one correct option. All items on the exam will be scored with the same point value. Four hours will be given to complete the exam and total exam time is calculated in the testing software.

 


Does the CM-BIM expire?

Yes. The term of validity for the CM-BM credential is three years from the date of receipt. This term was set to reflect the changing nature of this technology-based process. Participants will be required to pass an examination on changes to the practice to retain a valid credential or renew their credential by earning 30 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).

Prior to the three year anniversary all CM-BIM holders are required to earn thirty (30) hours of BIM related continuing education (CE) hours during the three years. You can start submitting your hours through the CM-BIM Renewal web page as you earn your hours.

 


How do I show that I’ve earned my CM-BIM?
Following passing the exam and completion of the post-exam survey participants can immediately begin using the designation “CM-BIM” following their name. Within one month participants will also receive a certificate from AGC of America acknowledging their receipt of the credential.

 


What does it mean to be a BIM Education Program approved instructor?
Each course in AGC’s BIM Education Program requires a separate approval process. Following verification that the instructor meets the qualifications to facilitate that course they will be notified of their approval by the Director of BIM Education Programs.

Approval to instruct one course does not constitute or guarantee approval to instruct all courses in the program. Individuals may be approved to instruct courses only with a co-instructor that meets certain qualifications to ensure that all requirements of instructors for that course are met. Instructor approval many be revoked at any time due to poor participant evaluations or instructors failing to meet any of the standards outlined in the instructor requirements forms.

 


How do I become an approved instructor?
Instructors must complete the Instructor Requirements form for the unit they wish to apply for and submit that, along with a resume detailing BIM experience to AGC of America. The form details the qualifications necessary to become approved to instruct that particular course and other requirements, such as a review of the course materials and instructor orientation.

More information on becoming an instructor can be found at the Instructor Resources Page.

 


I am an approved instructor for one or more courses—do I still have to attend the course as a participant to sit for the exam?
Approved instructors, who have facilitated a course in the BIM Education Program are not required to additionally take that course as a participant. Instructors should submit a class roster form for each unit as they facilitate it to have their completion included in the database.

 


I would like to host the program at my company. How do I do this?
Courses can be hosted by anyone so long as the following conditions are met:

• Courses are taught by an approved instructor.

• Each participant has and retains their own copy of the Participant’s Manual for that unit and the participant’s attendance is documented with AGC of America for each participant upon completion of each unit.

• The courses are taught as designed and to their required duration.

For more detailed information, visit the AGC website here or email curriculum@agc.org.

 

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