Online skills assessment for architects, interior designers and engineers.

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KnowledgeSmart delivers skills gap analysis and benchmarking services to help AEC firms maximise their return on investment in technology, people and client services.

To support the ongoing development of your staff, we have partnered with KnowledgeSmart (KS). KnowledgeSmart develops online skills assessment and survey tools which help businesses capture knowledge on a wide range of software tools, work flows and standards.

The inefficient use of design and engineering software costs the AEC industry £ millions. The difference between success and failure is narrowing with strong competition, tighter profit margins and efficiencies playing a more vital role than ever before. Training your staff is key and instrumental in realising some of these efficiencies, but how do you optimise its effectiveness and measure its success? With KnowledgeSmart you can optimise your training investment to focus on areas specific to your business as well as the individual's needs. 


Studies have shown that providing focus in training benefits learning. Rebecca Rupp, author of 'Committed to Memory', found that "One hour after learning, 56% of material has gone to the wind; one day later, 66% has evaporated; and after one month, 80% is gone'. As individuals, we can only take in and retain so much information, some more and some less, but we all have a limit.

Filtering out that we need to know, is crucial.

When considering new hires, how do you measure the applicant against their glowing C.V., make a better, more informed decision and safeguard the business against unnecessary recruitment costs?

When considering existing Team Members, we’re all experts right? But how do you know what you don’t know if you don’t know it?

How does the technical knowledge you have within your business compare to that against the industry as a whole? You can only be as good as the most experienced member of your team, but in reality, how good are they?


How KnowledgeSmart works for your business

The KnowledgeSmart system of online assessments is built around assessing capability and identifying real skills gaps. Using KnowledgeSmart to identify areas where training and learning are required helps provide a true picture of your team's skills.

Training and Learning

Make your training and learning plan organised and more efficient using KnowledgeSmart. The assessments evaluate the true state of development in your business, highlighting the skills gaps and identifying where your team could benefit from further training. 

Key points:
  • Train your team efficiently
  • Train your team to meet the standards required by your business
  • Build a development program for employee performance
  • Create a training program to achieve future business growth

Human Resources

Human Resources (HR) Officers must have a clear understanding of their employer's business objectives and be able to devise and implement policies which select, develop and retain the right staff needed to meet these objectives.

The smartest HR Officers are therefore subscribing to KnowledgeSmart to assess the CAD and BIM skills of new hires and to guide skills improvement over time.

Key points:
  • Liaise with team leaders to identify skills gaps and improve staff performance
  • Interview and select job candidates
  • Develop and implement policies for performance management
  • Advise on pay and other remuneration issues, including promotion and benefits
  • Plan, and sometimes deliver, training - including inductions for new staff
  • Analyse training needs in conjunction with departmental managers

Projects - Winning and Delivering

Allocate the right resource to the right project with the online assessments. Key projects may also need skills that are new or underdeveloped in your business, KnowledgeSmart assessments help identify these skill shortages in advance of project start dates. Knowing the skill range of your team also gives confidence when pitching and winning projects.

Key points:
  • Get a true picture of what resources in your business can be used for certain projects
  • Highlight potential issues before projects start
  • Be confident in your teams' abilities when pitching and winning new projects

KnowledgeSmart builds a complete picture

Every KnowledgeSmart package includes three main areas to assess. Each area has been designed specifically to provide easy access to information.


KnowledgeSmart Assessment Area

KS presents an interactive skills assessment for a wide range of technical software applications. It is a web based, practical test of knowledge and ability, so users will need access to a copy of the software, for which they are being assessed. They are presented with a series of task based and knowledge based questions, entering answers into the KS browser screen.

All the assessments are taken online and comprise many different question types, including; multiple choice, free text, pick list, matching list, fill in the blank, essay, order list, matrix and true/false.

Assessments are timed and results show a combination of time and accuracy. It's easy to administer and use and includes automated marking with helpful user feedback and coaching notes, to deliver actionable training needs analysis with configurable links to e-learning resources and training courses.


KnowledgeSmart User Area

The KS user dashboard provides users with tools to manage their KnowledgeSmart user profile, view assessment invites, results and charts and store useful documents and records relating to their personal development and learning history.


KnowledgeSmart Admin Area

The KS admin dashboard provides a comprehensive set of tools for managing the assessment process, editing test library content, organising user records, issuing invites, analysing results data and creating a wide range of charts and management reports. System administrators can access analytical information, highlighting results, benchmark statistics and training recommendations for individuals, teams and the overall organisation.

Benchmarking is built in. KnowledgeSmart independent skills testing enables businesses to compare performance and capability against industry standards and benchmark their organisation against peers, competitors and partners. Measuring & demonstrating technical software experience and BIM capability is a key differentiator for firms when bidding for new projects.

Which online skills tests are available?

KnowledgeSmart contains testing material for these leading software vendors:

Online skills assessments pricing

Pricing is based upon number of Test Topics (1 to 4) and number of Users (tiered from 1 to 3000 Users, then price on application for 3001+ Users). One Test Topic for 1-25 Users is available. There are also convenient Pay As You Go options.

Please contact your Account Manager or call us on 01992 807 444 to discuss your specific requirements. You can also use the Product Enquiry Form on the right. 


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