Professional Certification FAQ

For working professionals and valid for two years. Certified professionals that wish to maintain their certified status may choose to renew their existing level of certification or upgrade to a higher level of certification.

Why become CanBIM Certified?

CanBIM Professional certification ensures that industry professionals have attained a level of knowledge and experience that is transferable, relevant, and valuable to employers. Our Professional Certification verifies your expertise through a peer-reviewed benchmark, it is a recognition of your professional growth and can be used to advance your professional career.

Who can apply for CanBIM Professional Certification?

AECOO professionals with a minimum of 1000 hours (~6 months) of verifiable BIM/VDC/Digital Project Delivery and Processes -related work experience

What level of Certification do I qualify for?

Complete our questionnaire to receive a recommendation on the highest level you may qualify for. *Required hours of experience will vary depending on the level applied and you are also able to use CanBIM Certified course(s)/programs(s) to Fast-Track your certification.

What documents do I need to submit?

After submitting the questionnaire, you will receive a questionnaire result email enclosed with a checklist for the required documentation needed to complete the application.

How do I apply?

Via a personal application link found in the questionnaire result email.

How do I determine if I am a member or not a member?

Every CanBIM member receives a membership certificate. Check our membership directory to confirm your membership status.

If you are employed by a CanBIM Organizational member you may be eligible for Organization Affiliate membership. Check our Organization Membership directory to determine if your educational organization is a Member. Apply for Organization Affiliate membership where applicable.

Can I submit additional documents related to my projects?

Yes, all other documents related to the project that the applicant wishes to submit as supplementary material (BEP, Drawings etc) can be added to an online form. Please make sure it's a PDF file, no more than 5 pages will be considered.

What information should I provide in the project summary?

Provide a detailed summary explaining the nature and complexity of work undertaken; direct references to the BIM/VDC/Digital Project Delivery process must be provided. For example, a bullet point list is not sufficient and may delay the processing time. Remember, this is the part of the application where you are able to define your experience and expertise. However, it is important to remember that it is not the amount of hours, it is what has been achieved within those hours that matters. In addition to the assessment targets, it is recommended to use the following three points as guidelines; 1 Knowledge and understanding Who did what? What was done? When and Where? 2 Skills and applications How was it done? 3 Repetition Why do something & What is the best?

How long does it take for my Professional application to be processed?

Applications are processed on an ongoing basis and processing time may vary depending on the volume of applications.

What does it cost to be certified?

- Member fee: CA$390 + applicable tax
- Non-member: CA$490 + applicable tax

How do I pay?

CanBIM will generate an invoice for your certification fee, with an online payment link within the invoice. Once you receive this invoice you have the choice to pay online with a credit card or by cheque. CanBIM will not process your application until payment is received. You will have 30 days to pay your invoice.

How do I check on my status?

Upon receipt of your certification, you will receive an update from CanBIM via email, explaining status and next steps.

Who are the assessors and how do we ensure that the process is fair and equitable?

As a highly regarded peer-review certification process, the CanBIM Certification Assessment Panel (CCAP) is comprised of a pool of front line leaders within the BIM/Digital Project Delivery community, all of which have achieved CanBIM CP designation. By ​​engaging industry leaders to serve as the “caretakers” of the digital project delivery ecosystem, CanBIM Certification is able to deliver industry relevant recommendations for professionals on their level of knowledge and experience in BIM/VDC/Digital Project Delivery technologies and processes. To ensure complete transparency, each application is evaluated by multiple assessors and conflict of interest protocols are followed to ensure complete fairness.

What are CPD hours and how do I maintain my certification?

Professional certification is valid for 2 years from the date of the certificate. In order to keep your certification active, it is required to submit Continuous Professional Development (CPD) hours every two (2) years. The number of CPD hours vary depending on level, click here to find out more about CPD.

I’m certified but I've improved my skills and increased my experience. How do I level up?

Select “already certified” under the questionnaire to find out if you may qualify for an upgrade.

My application was not approved, how do I proceed?

Review all parts of the feedback and resubmit your application in accordance with the re-submission guidelines provided in the feedback or assessment decision email. If you require additional clarification, please contact

Is there an online directory where my Certification Status is posted?

Yes, CanBIM posts all successful applicants in the Certified Individuals directory.

I am currently unemployed, do I qualify for certification?

Yes you can still apply for certification. Simply select “no” under “Are you currently employed?” in the application and follow the instructions accordingly

Do you accept international applications?

Yes, we accept international applications.

Can I use work experience outside of Canada?

Yes you are able to submit projects from outside of Canada.

What languages can I use in my application?

CanBIM accepts applications in both English and French. Documents in other languages need to be translated by an official translator.