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FAQs - Professional Review Changes

This section aims to address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the recent changes to the Professional Review process. We’ll keep adding more questions to this section.

If you cannot see your question addressed here, please feel free to contact us.


What’s the reason for change?
Will it be easier to complete the new application?
When can I apply for the review?
Will I be able to have more than one employer verify my claimed competencies?
What qualifications do I need?
How much experience should I have before applying for the review?
Will I get credit for work which I have done more than 3 years ago?
What should I do if I don't have enough experience?
Will candidates receive any assistance or support from the Institute when completing the application?
How are standards being maintained?
How is the candidate's identity verified?
Who should verify my application?

Can I use one project to evidence all the competencies or do I need to show a variety of experience?
I have an NVQ do I still need to complete the competence application?
Why do I need to register first and provide photo identification?
How long will the process take once I have submitted my application?
Do I need to pass all competencies to be an MCIOB?
When will I find out if I have passed the assessment or whether I will need to attend an interview?
In what instances will an application be referred for interview?
Is the interview format to be the same as previously?
I have problems with literacy. Can I request an interview?
Will my employer be contacted by an assessor?
Will I be contacted by an assessor?
Will I get a copy of the assessor's report?
Will the Professional Review cost more?
What are the possible results for an application?
What happens if I am deferred?
How do I lodge an appeal?
I have completed the CIOB Professional Development Programme, do I need to complete the competence application?
What do these changes mean to existing PDP candidates?
What do these changes mean for PDP candidates that registered during 2011?
What will the PDP look like in the future?



What’s the reason for change?

The changes are being made to provide an even more objective and transparent approach to the Professional Review process which encourages progression to full chartered status.

Will it be easier to complete the new application?

It’s not easier just different to the current application form and process. The new application is more specific. It ties in with your CV and completed projects which show evidence of your competence as a construction professional.

When can I apply for the review?

You can apply for the review when you meet the qualifying and experience criteria. You will need to be in current membership and then complete the Registration of Interest form prior to completing the Professional Review application.

Will I be able to have more than one employer verify my claimed competencies?

Yes, where you wish to draw on varied experience you may use more than one employer to verify your competence.

What qualifications do I need?

To qualify for the Professional Review you will need to be academically eligible with an Honours Degree or equivalent award. The following qualifications are acceptable:

  • A CIOB accredited or recognised Honours degree in a built environment subject.
  • An Honours degree in an unrelated subject and substantial experience-these may require an Individual Assessment.
  • A recognised Master’s degree or post graduate diploma-these may require an Individual Assessment.
  • A recognised National Vocation Qualification (NVQ) at level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework or Level 7 on the Qualifications Credit Framework.
  • Successful completion of the Experienced Practitioner Assessed Programme (EPA).
  • Full Chartered membership of a recognised chartered institute-this may also require an Individual Assessment
How much experience should I have before applying for the review?

Generally, you will need at least 3 years’ experience at a management level. If you are a new graduate with limited experience you may wish to undertake the professional development programme (PDP).

Will I get credit for work which I have done more than 3 years ago?

Ideally the experience you use to evidence your application should be recent. However, we accept that you may have had an interruption to your career; therefore older experience will be considered valid in these situations.

What should I do if I don’t have enough experience?

If you have an Honours degree or equivalent qualification you may do the Professional Development Programme which will give you a seamless route into membership. Once you have completed the programme, you can then apply for the review.

Will candidates receive any assistance or support from the Institute when completing the application?

Yes. Comprehensive guidance notes and a video explanation will be on the website, a telephone advice service will be available and we will provide a full briefing for the Training Providers who offer preparation courses and workshops.

How are standards being maintained?

The CIOB is passionate about standards. The new process is more robust, quality assured and, like all our qualifications, over-seen by the Institute’s governance processes; in particular the Education, Qualifications and Standards and Practice Boards.

How is the candidate’s identity verified?

The Part 1 application must be completed and submitted with 2 x signed passport sized photographs. The signing witness must be known to the applicant for a minimum of two years in a professional capacity.

I am self-employed so who should verify my application?

We only require one signature-ideally your employer or line manager. They do not need to be chartered members.If you are self-employed or currently unemployed a professionally qualified client, partner, architect, engineer or other chartered professional can verify your application. All employers/verifiers must have first-hand knowledge of your work.

Can I use one project to evidence all the competencies or do I need to show a variety of experience?

It’s accepted that younger members will have more limited experience therefore one complex project may provide sufficient evidence to claim all the skills. However, we would expect this to be exceptional and would normally want to see some examples of your broader experience.

I have an NVQ do I still need to complete the competence application?

If you have an Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma (QCF) or NVQ 5 (NQF), you are eligible for the Professional Review. Candidates are no longer exempt from any section so you will need to complete the full application but you can use relevant evidence or claims to competence from your portfolio as examples to complete the form.

Why do I need to register first and provide photo identification?

As you may not be seen face-to-face at any time in the application process it’s essential to register and have your identification verified. This is similar to applying for a passport or any other document used to prove your ID. As a registered applicant you will also receive regular contact, guidance and support from our PR team.

How long will the process take once I have submitted my application?

Currently it is anticipated that typically an application will be processed within 10 to 12 weeks from receipt of payment. Where an interview is deemed desirable or necessary this may extend to 12 to 14 weeks.

Do I need to pass all competencies to be an MCIOB?

You will need to complete all sections of the application however you will not need to pass all competencies to be approved for MCIOB. The assessors will look for a balance of professional and management competencies.

When will I find out if I have passed the assessment or whether I will need to attend an interview?

You can contact us regarding the status of your application throughout. Should you be required to attend an interview you will be notified in plenty of time, however specific feedback will not be given. You will be informed of the final outcome following the monthly Professional Review management board meeting.

In what instances will an application be referred for interview?

A candidate will be referred for interview if the application does not demonstrate a full understanding of and application of the competences. It is therefore, important to give detailed answers in each section with appropriate examples from your practice.

Is the interview format to be the same as previously?

The interview format remains as previously although the presentation element is no longer required.

I have problems with literacy. Can I request an interview?

An interview can be requested but you must also complete the application to the best of your ability.

Will my employer be contacted by an assessor?

Where an assessor requires clarification of any aspect of the application you or the verifying employer will be contacted by telephone.

Will I be contacted by an assessor?

Where an assessor requires clarification of any aspect of the application you or the verifying employer will be contacted by telephone.

Will I get a copy of the assessor’s report?

You will not receive the entire report but you will get written feedback on your application should your application be deferred.

Will the professional review cost more?

There’s no change to the current fee for the Professional Review.

What are the possible results for an application?

There are 3 possible outcomes from the assessment 1. Approved for MCIOB – this means your application has been successful 2. Refer for interview - The assessor may also refer you for an interview if the application is a borderline case. 3. Deferred – this means your application has been unsuccessful.

What happens if I am deferred?

If you are deferred, you will be given feedback from the assessor and advice on the appeals process.

How do I lodge an appeal?

Following a deferral decision all candidates will be sent details on how to appeal and what the process entails.

I have completed the CIOB Professional Development Programme, do I need to complete the competence application?

You will need to complete the form but you can use relevant evidence from your claims to competence to provide examples. Your application will be assessed by a PDP assessor, then processed as a standard Professional Review application. PDP candidates cannot be deferred by the assessor but may be referred for interview in cases where the application fails to demonstrate knowledge and application of the competence.

What do these changes mean to existing PDP candidates?

Anyone who registered on the PDP and did not complete by the 31st March 2012 will need to apply for the Professional Review through the new process. Your portfolio will need to be submitted as part of your application initially to Mandy Mills. The PR report template closely follows the PDP claim to competence form with some small additions. You will be able to copy and paste information from your Claims to Competence into the Professional Review application form. All your documentation will submitted to an appropriate assessor with experitise in the Professional Development Programme. The assessor will either approve your paper-based application or refer you for an interview. It is then processed as a standard Professional Review application.

What do these changes mean for PDP candidates that registered during 2011?

You will be sent new documentation on a USB with guidance notes. The documentation will be closely aligned to the Professional Review competence criteria. All portfolios will be submitted in electronic form. All work you have completed will be relevant and will transfer into the new process. All documentation will be available by the 31st March 2012.

What will the PDP look like in the future?

The PDP will reflect the criteria required by the Professional Review. It will offer a structured and seamless route that enables the candidate to meet the Professional Review competencies. Candidates will appoint a mentor who will help them to fulfil the competence requirements. Evidence will need to be provided to the mentor and discussed and a portfolio will be compiled in a manner that leads to the completion of the Professional Review application. The portfolio will be assessed by the PDP Assessor and if this is satisfactory, the Professional Review application will be progressed to the review stage. The assessors will either approve the written application or where the application is weak, refer the candidate for interview.