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CPD Module in BIM Architecture 1 (Primary Building Elements)


Programme description:   

The CPD Certificate in BIM Architecture 1 (Primary building elements) module is a 5 ECTS credit part time re-skilling module. It is primarily aimed at architects and technologists, but is also open to other professionals with a background in building design.

The module is set at Level 8 in the National Framework of Qualifications and aims to provide learners with an introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM), with a focus on primary building elements.

Industry-based building designs will be used as the basis for project work to give a realistic context and to render the student industry fit on graduation.

Over eight 3-hour contact sessions, combined with a period of self-directed learning, students will develop a command of the Autodesk Revit BIM application.

Entry Requirements:

The BIM Architecture 1 (Primary Building Elements) module is open to the following categories of applicants:

- Graduates of Level 8 degree programmes in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Architectural Technology, Construction Management
- Professionally accredited Level 7 programmes in Architectural Technology and Construction Technology.

All students are required to have sound basic computer skills, and experience of construction processes.

On successful completion of the CPD Certificate in BIM Architecture 1 (Primary Building Elements) module the student will be able to:

  • Select an appropriate application template to begin a building project
  • Describe the organisation of the GUI and identify the hierarchy to locate and execute commands and subcommands on the GUI
  • Set up grids and levels for precise 3D element drawing
  • Interpret sketch and CAD designs for creation of a BIM project
  • Control graphic representation in Revit views
  • Construct and edit primary building elements
  • Use Parameters in Revit
  • Organise digital building data onto plotting sheets
  • Evaluate the quality, appropriateness, and significance of a specific BIM Technology for Architectural processes

For further information

Cormac Allen - Assistant Head of School
Dublin School of Architecture
College of Engineering & Built Environment
Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1 

Programme attendance:   

The module requires 100 learning hours. Students attend two 3-hour computer lab-based workshops each week for four weeks, with a total of 24 contact hours spent in college, and the remaining 76 hours spent in self-directed learning completing project work.

The 3 hour tutorial block attendance in college will take place between 18.00-21.00 on two midweek days.


The BIM Architecture 1 (Primary Building Elements) module is the first of three related BIM Architecture modules, and can combine towards a CPD Diploma (BIM Architecture) award.

Graduates can also progress to the 1 year part time DT9876 Postgraduate Certificate in BIM Technologies / Postgraduate Diploma in Collaborative BIM /  MSc in Applied Building Information Modeling & Management (MSc aBIMM), subject to minimum postgraduate entry requirements.

Programme fee:   

For information on fees see the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies on the following link: