» Accreditation for the certification of Building Information Modelling (BIM)

22 September, 2016

UKAS is considering extending its accreditation activity into a new area, that of accredited Building Information Modelling (BIM) certification and in doing so help support the Construction Strategy published by the UK Government in May 2011. To achieve this strategy, the government requires construction suppliers tendering for centrally-procured government projects to be working at BIM Level 2 and this will be the immediate focus for ‘accredited’ BIM certification.

It is evident that there are a number certification schemes (e.g. ‘process’ certification, ‘person’ certification) for BIM Level 2 available now to the market, however, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) wish to promote a common approach to accredited BIM Level 2 certification, a common approach as yet undecided but which will hopefully help deliver the Construction Strategy and avoid confusion for those seeking accredited certification for their BIM Level 2 activities.

UKAS is advising BEIS and CPNI during the development of a common approach to accredited certification for organisations offering BIM Level 2 services. Once a common approach has been agreed by BEIS and CPNI, it is anticipated that a pilot assessment programme will be undertaken to develop the necessary assessment and accreditation capability for this activity in accordance with international conformity assessment standards. The detail of this will be published at the appropriate time.

The first stage in this is to gauge the level of interest of certification bodies in achieving accreditation by establishing 1) what BIM Level 2 certification is currently offered (i.e. under which conformity assessment standard (e.g. ISO/IEC 17065)), 2) the precise scope of certification (including details of the specific ‘requirements’ for certification) and 3) the interest in participating in any pilot accreditation project for this new activity.

Please provide the requested information to the UKAS Development Coordinator (email to alison.severn@ukas.com) by 14 October 2016.