Company Membership

Just as individuals work towards Chartered Membership, entire organisations can also achieve Chartered status with the CIOB’s Chartered Building Company/Consultancy (CBC) Scheme.

The CBC Scheme

The CBC Scheme was initiated by the CIOB back in 1993 as a way to support construction organisations of all sizes. The scheme provides its members with validation that their business is managed professionally and meets ethical codes, allowing them to be recognised as a trusted resource by clients. This raises the company’s profile and improves their reputation, helping them to win new business and strengthen existing client relationships.

CBCs can use the CIOB CBC logo to promote their business and add their details to our online directory which is accessible to anyone anywhere in the world. Over 400 Companies and Consultancies from all over the world are a part of the CBC scheme and numbers are still growing.

Training Partnerships

A Training Partnership is a joint venture between a company and the CIOB with the common aim of having a fully chartered workforce. It provides unique support for an organisation’s long-term learning and development strategies with the aim of helping all relevant employees become Chartered.

Chartered Building Companies and Consultancies are encouraged to enrol onto a Training Partnership scheme as part of their commitment to personal development. However, the scheme is also open to non-chartered organisations.

Search for a CBC

The profiles of our Chartered Building Companies and Consultancies are listed in our online directory. This directory is fully accessible to anyone and contains useful contact details and information about each CBC.

Search the Online Directory

How to apply for company membership

Applying for company membership is a straightforward process. The first step is to complete a short online webform, which will ask you to provide basic information about yourself and your company or consultancy.

To meet eligibility, your organisation must:

  • Have its principal activity related to the construction industry
  • Have 50% of its Executive Directors or Partners as Corporate Members of a relevant Chartered professional institution
  • Have been trading for a minimum of two years
  • Sign an undertaking that it will abide by the current Code of Professional Conduct and Scheme Rules

Please choose the type of your company from the options below for further instructions. You will receive an application form as an editable PDF to complete. You will need to provide some policies and statements on certain areas of policy, including Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and Environmental Performance. We also ask for references from clients and the supply chain.

The CIOB will review applications and take into account the size of the organisation.

FAQs

Here you can find the answers to some of your questions about company membership.

What is the difference between a Chartered Building Company and a Chartered Building Consultancy?

A Chartered Building Company is an organisation that physically builds and a Chartered Building Consultancy is an organisation related to the construction process e.g. architects and surveyors.

What is a Training Partnership?

Training Partnerships are a joint venture between a company and the CIOB with the common aim of having a fully trained workforce throughout the construction industry.

How difficult is it to join the CBC scheme?

It should not be hard for a professionally run firm to apply for and be admitted onto the scheme. Any evidence that you will be asked to provide should already be easily to hand.

However, we do expect companies to demonstrate core CIOB values in their operations.  Standards are set reasonably high in order to maintain the prestige of the brand.

What happens once we have been admitted to company membership?

You can use the logo and call yourself a CIOB Chartered Building Company or Consultancy.

There are two main requirements for your ongoing membership: You need to complete a form annually when you renew your subscription. You will also be subject to an ‘audit’ visit roughly  every three years.  

How do we change the information about our company in the CBC Directory?

Please contact us under the option 'Notify CIOB of a Change' and we will assist you further.

Company Membership Categories

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Chartered Building Companies

Becoming a Chartered Building Company or Consultancy brings a multitude of benefits. As well as enhancing your reputation, adding to your brand and raising your profile, Chartered status sends out a strong signal to employees that they are valued and will be developed to their full potential. 

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Chartered Building Consultancies

Becoming a Chartered Building Company or Consultancy brings a multitude of benefits. As well as enhancing your reputation, adding to your brand and raising your profile, Chartered status sends out a strong signal to employees that they are valued and will be developed to their full potential. 

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Training Partnerships

Training Partnerships are a free service that CIOB offers to built environment organisations. Forming a joint venture with the company, CIOB creates a bespoke training, learning and development plan for the staff, paving the way towards a fully Chartered workforce.

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