Project: BIM Awareness

Stage 1
Project commencement
and planning
Stage 2
Consultation on
Draft 1
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 5
AISC approval of
Case for Endorsement
Stage 6
Stage 4

Summary of development

This project is developing a skill set in BIM awareness for the CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package. BIM is an emerging technology within the construction industry and will be a requirement across many occupations, making a skill set in BIM awareness an essential component of the training package.

A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been formed to guide the development of three units of competency which will be presented as a BIM awareness skill set:

  • CPCBIM4001 Plan to comply with BIM requirements for construction work
  • CPCBIM4002 Use BIM processes to carry out construction work
  • CPCBIM4003 Contribute to BIM deliverables for construction work

The units can be downloaded below. Once endorsed, they will be made available to industry as elective units within the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction qualification.

The Case for Endorsement will be submitted for the AISC meeting in October 2020.

Project status

The validation round of consultation for this project is now closed. Feedback received from industry and other stakeholders through the project consultation processes has been reviewed by the TAG. In addition to some minor edits and updates to clarify requirements, key changes to the units are summarised below.



Digital literacy skills need to be made explicit and while they are implicit in the PCs the opportunity and solution to extrapolate could easily be realised by utilising and populating the Foundation Skills table in the unit template.

New advice in the Application section of units and corresponding requirement specified in the Foundation Skills section noting that candidates require:

  • “digital literacy skills to use software via ICT, including applications on mobile devices to find, retrieve and communicate information”

Some workers may have difficulty with the technology demands of the units, however the majority of workers will be fine, particularly the younger workforce.

The third unit, CPCBIM4003, may be too complex at this stage.

Element 3 of the unit has been revised to ensure it reflects the actual role of the construction worker in finalising handover for building or construction work.The updated performance criteria cover capturing data to record as-built conditions, and contributing information to enable the digital handover to be finalised.

Need to narrow the focus related to knowledge of ‘open standards’.

The referenced knowledge requirement has been modified in relevant units to clarify the intent:

  • “meaning of open formats as distinct from proprietary formats and their role in interoperability and archiving of project information”

A baseline understanding of the front-end modelling work required to achieve the different LOD is critical for everyone across the industry.

New knowledge requirement in relevant units:

“level of information need, incorporating definitions of LOD (level of development) and LOI (level of information) relevant to BIM project requirements”

Reference to the ‘digital twin’ should be included.

New knowledge requirement in relevant units:

“meaning and purpose of ‘digital twin’, its relationship with BIM, and its context within the facets of the operations and maintenance phase”

Many workers cannot correctly interpret 2D drawings.

The requirement to interpret 2D drawings is explicit in performance criteria and therefore will be part of training and assessment.

It is important that the learner does the same thing using different technologies or platforms so that this doesn’t become a barrier when working on site and faced with unfamiliar software.

The performance evidence section of units has been modified to require use of two different types of software.

Benefits associated with procurement and ordering of accurate quantities is important.

Updated knowledge requirements in relevant unit:

  •  “benefits of BIM in improving construction efficiency and safety:

planning, scheduling and sequencing

services and trades coordination

fabrication and assembly

resource procurement

accurate ordering of materials and quantities”

Simple skills are required, such as pulling dimensions.

Performance criteria updated to require the learner to conduct measurements, enquire and extract data and quantities.

Other issues raised during consultation and validation related to implementation of the units including the question of how the units will be packaged within the CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package.  The IRC is yet to make a determination on this issue.

Thank you to all those who participated in the recent validation survey and webinar or provided feedback through the TAG or project manager.

Project downloads
Case for Endorsement - BIM
CPCBIM4001 Plan to comply with BIM requirements for construction work
CPCBIM4002 Use BIM processes to carry out construction work
CPCBIM4003 Contribute to BIM deliverables for construction work
CPCSS00006 Apply BIM Processes to Construction Work Skill Set
Research Pack - CPC BIM Awareness
Project Contact
Contact: Michelle Mulhall

Project last updated: August 2020
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