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Find out the answers to your questions about the Grade Change

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Current member - can I continue to use my ACIOB or ICIOB title?
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If you are a current ACIOB or ICIOB, your status will remain unchanged. You can use the ACIOB or ICIOB designation until June 2025 by which time we would expect that you would have upgraded to Chartered status. 

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What happens if my membership lapses?
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Should you wish to return to CIOB after a gap in membership, you will be required to join under the new system as either a Student or Applicant.

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Do these changes affect current Chartered Members or Fellows?
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No. If you are MCIOB or FCIOB your title and grade remain the same. The new system actually creates a clearer distinction between Chartered and non-Chartered Members. 

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Does this affect students?
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No, your student membership remains the same.

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I am happy with my ACIOB or ICIOB status. Why should I change it?
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If you wish to remain an ACIOB or ICIOB, you are entitled to do so until June 2025.

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What are the benefits of being Chartered?
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Employers and clients are increasingly specifying Chartered Construction Managers and/or Chartered Builders as part of their recruitment strategy. Achieving Chartered status is often a career objective set in company appraisals.

 

Chartered Membership– or MCIOB/FCIOB - signifies that an individual has built up skills and competencies to an internationally recognised standard, as confirmed by impartial industry experts. Chartered Construction Managers and Builders are now visibly benchmarked alongside other Chartered disciplines.

 

The MCIOB/FCIOB titles also indicates that an individual has signed up to CIOB’s high ethical standards and is committed to improving processes and practices within the built environment sector.
Whilst we cannot comment on the practices and policies of individual organisations, we often hear that Chartered Members:

 

  • Can command higher salaries
  • Are more likely to be picked for leadership roles
  • Find it easier to gain recognition and influence within multi-disciplinary project teams

 

Many employers will also pay the annual fee for Chartered members as part of their remuneration package.

 

Full Chartered Members and Fellows also have exclusive access to a range of offers and discounts on training, insurance, pensions and salary advice provided by our business partners.

 

Read more about our member benefits.

FAQ title: 
I don’t work on a construction site. Can I still become Chartered?
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Absolutely. CIOB’s definition of construction management is very broad, taking in all aspects of the built environment sector and all stages of the construction lifecycle. Our roll call of Chartered Members includes construction and project managers, designers, surveyors, city planners, risk managers, HR managers, educationalists, sustainability experts, lawyers, claims investigators and building standards professionals as well as site managers, and project leaders. 

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I’m not based in the UK, is Chartered membership still relevant for me?
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Yes. Chartered Construction Manager and Chartered Builder are internationally recognised titles. We are proud that our Chartered Membership stretches around the world, from Chicago to Shanghai.

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When is the right time to become Chartered?
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This varies from individual to individual, but as a general rule, people are often ready to apply for CIOB Chartered membership if they have been working in the industry and can demonstrate a range of managerial experience, knowledge and competencies.

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What are the steps to becoming Chartered?
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Applications take place online. Check out our Routes to Membership. There is a report you have to fill in which documents your roles and responsibilities. This evidence will need to be verified by your employer or a client.

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How long does it take to become Chartered?
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It all depends on individual circumstances.  For those following the Professional Review (PR) most applications take between six and eight weeks from submission to final decision. Members following certain training programmes will take longer – Chartered Membership Programme (1 year), Experienced Practitioner Assessed Report (3 to 4 months), NVQ (18 months+) or Professional Development Programme (2 to 3 years).

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Who can advise me on my MCIOB/FCIOB application?
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Our dedicated support team offers tailored guidance to applicants and those wishing to upgrade on their suitability for Chartered Membership, suggesting any areas that may require more attention. Please email your query to memenquiry@ciob.org.uk and a member of our Membership team will contact you.

 

We can provide face-to-face support through our Branch network which host special events and workshops for those looking for extra guidance. You can find your nearest Branch here.

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I’ve heard that the Professional Review (PR) process is difficult – has it changed?
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We’ve been working hard over the past few years to make our processes as accessible, fair and streamlined as possible. We offer:

 

  • Guidance notes that are available online to assist you

  • Workshops which take place throughout the world to explain the process

  • Mentors who have been through the process are available to provide informal guidance

  • A dedicated support team which is available to answer queries 

  • Our assessment focuses on competency, rather than qualifications

  • Assessors are experts in the applicant’s chosen field

  • We have simplified our CPD requirements. Candidates who have been in membership for more than 1 year need to provide their CPD record for the last 12 months and a forward Action Plan for the next 12 months