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Graduate Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM)

International Close Date: December

Be part of the next productivity step-change in construction, architecture and civil engineering.

As a methodology, Building Information Modelling (BIM) makes a significant contribution to the efficient design, construction and use of buildings. It’s used by individuals, businesses and government agencies who plan, design, construct, operate and maintain diverse physical structures.

This programme is a perfect professional development opportunity for anyone with a degree (or degree-equivalent qualification) in construction management, quantity surveying, architecture, civil engineering or facilities management.

It’s been developed in response to industry demand for BIM-qualified team members. It provides a broad understanding of Building Information Modelling and is delivered part-time, with courses available in the evening to accommodate employment commitments.

NB: Recognition of prior learning may be available if your experience aligns to the course structure. The programme can be studied full-time, or part-time over two years.

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$4,243 - $4,673 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024

A relevant New Zealand Bachelor's degree in a construction-related field, for example; BCon, BEng, BEngTech, BArch, BAS, or equivalent.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme, you could obtain roles such as BIM co-ordinator or BIM manager, and you’ll be able to contribute to industries with the capabilities to support BIM environments.

Study pathways

On completion of this programme you can progress to the Graduate Diploma in Building Information Modelling, which will equip you to work as a BIM lead, BIM designer or BIM specialist/expert.

Graduate Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM)

FULL-TIME - 18 Weeks (Part-time options available)

Be part of the next productivity step-change in construction, architecture and civil engineering.

Type Graduate Certificate / Diploma
Code CH4070
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date December
Credits 60
Level 7
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH4070-STRU

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$4,243 - $4,673 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024

Placements or workplace assignments are an integral part of this programme. You don’t need to supply evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination status to apply for this programme, but please be aware that some workplaces may require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before allowing you to complete work at their organisation.

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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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