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Chartered Construction Manager

Construction Managers: Stand up and be counted

CIOB corporate Members and Fellows have been proudly adding Chartered Builder to their business cards since the Institute gained its Royal Charter in 1980. But these days, only a small proportion of people in this complex sector actually build.

As a CIOB member you could be working with BIM or setting strategies for carbon reduction. You might be on site, but you could equally be sitting at head office, supervising teams and setting corporate strategy. And you could be working at any point within the life cycle of a structure, from inception to recycling.

If the designation Chartered Builder is not relevant to your day job, we have some great news. The Privy Council has granted the CIOB power to award the descriptor Chartered Construction Manager. The Chartered Construction Manager descriptor is available to Members (MCIOB) and Fellows (FCIOB) who pay a one off administration fee, which covers the production of a new certificate and enables them to start using the new descriptor on business cards.

This is the culmination of years of research and development by the Institute and the result of effective demonstration by CIOB members who have shown that construction management is truly a substantive and established profession. This descriptor signals the influence that professional construction managers have within, and beyond, the built environment.

We believe this will be beneficial to you in communicating your professional status to clients and colleagues. And of course you may retain the Chartered Builder descriptor if that is your preference. In that case you have nothing to do.

If you are an MCIOB or FCIOB and would like to use the Chartered Construction Manager descriptor please contact us.

Chartered Construction Manager FAQs

What is the difference between the Chartered Construction Manager descriptor and the Chartered Builder descriptor?

The clue is in the name and you probably would know best which descriptor would suit your business.


For example, should you have a meeting with a small company where calling yourself as a builder is more suitable, you could use the Chartered Builder descriptor.


However, should you have a meeting with a big construction company tackling multimillion projects it may be better to use the Chartered Construction Manager descriptor. The decision is yours.

How do I apply for the new CCM descriptor?

If you are going through the Professional Review process, you will be asked to choose between either Chartered Builder or Chartered Construction Manager by the Professional Review team. 


If you are an MCIOB or FCIOB and would like to exchange your Chartered Builder descriptor for the Chartered Construction Manager descriptor, please contact our customer services team.

Do I need to choose the descriptor “Chartered Construction Manager”?

It is your choice whether to apply for the Chartered Builder or Chartered Construction Manager descriptor.  

I heard that you could only have one descriptor. Can you use both?

Any new Chartered member will have a right to choose his/her descriptor between Chartered Builder or Chartered Construction Manager. 

However, as this right to choose was not available to those Chartered members who became one before March 2014, we decided to give them the right to choose between the two descriptors or even have the right to use both descriptors, though not at one time. This offer was only available until 31 December 2014.

Those who did not apply for the new descriptor (or both) will now have to choose either to keep their Chartered Builder descriptor or to exchange it for the Chartered Construction Manager descriptor. Exchanging the descriptor can be done by contacting our customer services team.

As a retired member could I qualify for this?

Providing you are still Chartered, yes you can qualify for this descriptor.

Why is there a charge?

The charge is set in place to cover the administrative work and issuing of new certificates as per our procedures.


You do not have to choose the new descriptor. If you prefer to be called Chartered Builder, you will not be required to do anything. The £25 charge is set in place only if you decide to take the advantage of the new descriptor.


If you wish to change your descriptor but do not want a new certificate, the charge is nevertheless a one-off fee and unfortunately if you wish to add this descriptor you will be charged the full £25.00.