Postgraduate Certificate in BIM and Lean Construction Management (Online)

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Credits 25*
  • Course Code SG_SBIMA_S09
  • Award Special Purpose Award
  • Duration 1 Year

Course Summary

The Certificate in BIM and Lean Construction Management has been developed directly to meet the construction industry needs to deliver projects using BIM and Lean Construction methods. This 25 credit certificate programme (Minor Award) will provide the participants with an appreciation, knowledge, tools, and techniques for effective Project Management incorporating BIM and Lean Construction principles. This course will be delivered fully online part-time, normally over 1 academic year.

Are you aware of the upcoming BIM requirements in Ireland?


In January 2024, Government Capital Work Management Framework (CWMF) requires, Client, Consultant and Contractor to implement BIM to ISO 19650 standard. Client, Consultant and Contractor who are responsible for designing and supervising public works contracts exceeding €100 million in value, will be mandated to include Building Information Modelling (BIM) requirements within their service scope.


Over the course of four years, these requirements will progressively expand to encompass consultants and contractors, including projects valued at less than €1 million. Ultimately, all public works projects in Ireland will be required to incorporate BIM. The BIM module detail, when, where and how to implement BIM into CWMF contracts and best practices for managing this process.


Learn more about how this may impact your organisation here, on the CWMF website

This course provides the participants with a full overview and understanding of the processes that are required to develop and implement BIM and Lean Construction Management in a project environment. The course aims to provide the participant with the training, skills, and practical experience to plan and deliver projects with BIM and Lean management principles. The participant will evolve a strong BIM and Lean Construction project management background from all stages of a project. It will foster the participant’s intellectual development, and the ability to communicate effectively through various media. As the construction industry continues to adopt these approaches, this course is ideal for recently qualified graduates within the construction industry and experienced employees looking to upskill to meet the coming challenges. The course will provide excellent opportunities for career progression.


Key Course Information


Programme Structure

The Certificate in BIM and Lean Construction Management is a 25 credit programme offered via online distance learning through live lectures (which are also recorded for revision etc) over a period of one year on a part-time basis. The programme consists of five subject modules. The student can complete the course of 25 credits at their own pace over a number of years subject to the availability of modules. Online lectures, programme materials, innovative learning, web-links and assessments will be uploaded to a Moodle course management system. 

For Examinations, students may have to attend at the ATU campus through which they completed their studies. For some programmes it may be possible for the Exam to be taken remotely via online proctoring. ATU Students resident in the Republic of Ireland will be invited to attend exams at an exam centre located in Ireland. Students resident outside of Ireland or with exceptional circumstances may be eligible to attend remotely via online proctoring, where examinations are taken online and supervised virtually, subject to availability.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. David Collery 
Lecturer/ Programme Chair L9 MSc/PGD in Project Management
T: +353 (0) 71 9305553

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Application Closing Date : 16th August 2024

Entry Requirements

Candidates will be expected to hold a minimum second-class honours degree Level 8 qualification in a relevant discipline or equivalent. As this programme caters for all professions, any Level 8 qualification will be considered.

Applicants with other qualifications and with relevant work experience may also be considered through ATU Sligo’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process. RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions / credit from some parts of a programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work and career. Further information is available through which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at

Career Opportunities

The construction industry worldwide is in a stage of growth and change regarding project complexity, delivering efficiency and reducing waste. Participants who complete the course will have a strong BIM and Lean Construction project management background which will promote career opportunities, as the industry currently faces a lack of competent personnel in these areas.

Further Study

As the Certificate in BIM and Lean Construction Management is embedded within the Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management and MSc in Project Management, graduates with this Certificate would have five-module exemptions from the twelve modules required for these courses.

Master in Science in Project  Management (Online)


"As I was originally from an architectural technologist and sustainable building technology background, I chose to select all my modules from solely the construction industry stream. However, there are options to select from other industry streams like general and computing industry, so you can blend modules across multiple streams where possible." - David Murphy

Read more about David's academic journey and progression from Postgraduate Certificate to a Masters in Science here.

Did you know?

BIM and Lean expertise are becoming increasingly sort after within the Construction Industry, with over 50% of jobs posted within the Construction Industry detailing BIM or Lean in the job descriptor (2023).  

Programme Fees

Academic Year 2024/25 Fees

Total Programme Fee: €3,750

Funded Places Available
Successful applicants to this course may receive funding for their fees through the HCI Pillar 3 Micro-Credentials Learner Fee Subsidy initiative. The number of funded places is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
*Micro-credentials Subsidised Programme Fee: €750
Please see here the eligibility criteria - HCI-Micro-credentials-Fee-Subsidy-Eligibility-Criteria.pdf (

Applicants should note that they can only be registered on one programme at a time (including a micro-credential), at ATU during the academic year (September to May).

To help make the payment of fees more manageable for students who are self-funding their studies, tuition fees can be paid through payment instalment plans at ATU Sligo. For further information on instalment plans, please visit our Fees and Funding webpage. 

If you apply and are approved for an online course at ATU Sligo, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place. Your deposit will then be credited against the course fees once you are registered as a student. Students at ATU Sligo are also eligible to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees.

For further information and guidance about Fees and Funding for online and part-time courses at ATU Sligo, click here.

If you are seeking to take your exams online, and you meet the eligibility criteria (overseas students and those with extenuating circumstances), an additional examinations fee will apply. For further information, please visit our Examinations webpage. 

Partial funding may be available to successful applicants employed in the Construction, Manufacturing or Quarrying Sector through Industry 4.0 Skillnet. Contact can be made by emailing and a link to their college funding page is