Graduate Diploma in Building Information Modelling

Ara Institute of Canterbury

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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
A relevant New Zealand bachelor degree in a construction-related field, for example; BCon, BEng, BEngTech, BArch, BAS, or equivalent.
CH4070 Graduate Certificate in Building Information Modelling
Alternative Requirements
Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic Requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry. This may include

Recognition of Prior Learning. Contact Ara for advice.

English Requirements
If English is not the applicant's first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact us for an assessment.
IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in any subtest). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart on Ara Institute of Canterbury's website.

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.
Applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Building Information Modelling (BIM) is to enable graduates to engage in higher-level learning in construction-related fields (architecture, construction, civil engineering etc.), to enable deployment, critical reflection and problem-solving, and leadership in respect of knowledge and skills of BIM, and personal and leadership attributes to equip them to work, manage and lead in the building industry as BIM leads, BIM specialists, BIM/CAD engineers or BIM designers.

The GDBIM ensures graduates are capable of leading the BIM aspect of construction projects.

In this programme, the focus is on application, with students applying knowledge and concepts learnt, towards completion of an industry-negotiated applied BIM project.

The target market includes students who have completed a relevant Bachelor degree in a construction-related field (e.g. BCon, BEng, BEngTech, BArch, BAS etc.); people currently working in industry wanting to upskill; and/or people sponsored by their work organisations to upskill as part-time students. Included also are those students wanting to lead the implementation of BIM within industry, and Project Managers seeking to broaden their knowledge and skills with BIM.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Architecture and Urban Environment at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

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