What is CM-BIM and Why Do I Need It?

This blog post was originally written for the Cn3D Construction blog. Cn3D Construction is now a U.S. CAD company, so please check back here at www.uscad.com/blog for more written articles from Jennifer Lanzetti and our new U.S. CAD Utah team.

CM-BIM stands for Certificate of Management – Building Information Modeling. It is an assessment-based certificate credential hosted by the AGC. It is gaining traction, similar to the LEED movement in early 2000. Soon architectural firms, engineering companies and general contractors will need at least one person on their staff to be CM-BIM certified to work on federal projects; even state jobs.

CM-BIM denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to BIM adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in the AGC BIM Education Program.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • CM-BIM candidates must successfully complete the four AGC BIM Education Program courses (described below), provide AGC with record of completion and have approved application in advance of exam administration.
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  •  Each BIM course fee is dependent on the AGC hosting the courses. They can range between $250 for members to $350 for non-members.
  • The exam fees total $550 and will be collected at one time after the candidate application is reviewed and approved.

Partnered with the Utah AGC the four necessary courses to sit for the CM-BIM exam will be offered the early part of 2015. These classes are also being offered through the MCA in Montana. Please click here if you would like more information. Even if you do not live in Utah or Montana send me a message and I will contact your local AGC and arrange for the courses to be taught there.

Every BIM course is activity-based, with discussions, case histories, problems, and exercises. Participants in BIM courses draw upon their field experience and learn by interaction with others from all areas of the construction industry.

Participants will receive a Participant’s Manual with information on each course and instructor’s use an Instructor’s Guide, with PowerPoint presentations for each unit. Click here for more information.

  • Unit 1: An Introduction to Building Information Modeling
  • Unit 2: BIM Technology
  • Unit 3: BIM Contract Negotiation and Risk Allocation
  • Unit 4: BIM Process, Adoption, and Integration
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