CIOB Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
In responding to the latest information from local governments and the World Health Organization, regarding Covid-19, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is putting a number of measures in place in order to play our part in the efforts to support "social distancing" and help minimise the spread of the virus.
What is happening to the CIOB membership subscriptions for 2021?
The CIOB has frozen all membership subscription fees for 2021, including Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) subscription fees, to help strengthen our offering of financial support to members. This also applies to Chartered Building Company and Consultancy fees.
Apply for the COVID-19 Support Fund
I am experiencing financial difficulty in paying my fees – what support is available to me?
We have introduced concessionary rates of membership to help those who are experiencing financial difficulty due to the impact of COVID-19.
The support available to you will depend on your current grade of membership:
- FCIOB, MCIOB, ACIOB, ICIOB: If you are experiencing financial difficulty due to redundancy, furlough, pay reduction or loss of income as a result of Coronavirus, you can apply for the COVID-19 Support Fund. Please download the application form above.
- Applicant or Student member: If you are a current or previous member of the CIOB, you can apply for Benevolent Fund Assistance. You can contact the Benevolent Fund on +44 (0) 1344 630 780 or www.ciobbenevolentfund.org.uk.
Does the CIOB offer any standard membership concessionary rates?
Yes, we have several reduced subscription rates specifically for members who meet the qualifying criteria – all application forms can be found in the membership portal.
- Chartered Concessionary Membership:
£61 per subscription year – Available to MCIOB and FCIOB grades with a minimum of 12 months in your Chartered Grade, and less than 6 previous concessionary applications within your membership lifetime, and if you are currently unemployed or on a low income due to reasons not related to coronavirus.
- Academic Concessionary Rate:
50% – Available to all grades of membership except ACIOB, ICIOB and students who work within the field of Academia or teaching of construction-related courses at FHEQ Level 4 or above.
- Expatriate Concessionary:
30% – Available to all grades of membership except ACIOB, ICIOB and students who are nationals of South-East Asia* who are working in the Middle East.
*South East Asia countries are classified as Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
- Maternity/Paternity Concessionary Rate:
£61 per subscription year – Available to FCIOB, MCIOB, ACIOB, ICIOB members who are on Parental, Adoption leave or equivalent.
- Retired Membership:
£68 per subscription year or free if aged over 75 – Available to FCIOB, MCIOB, ACIOB, ICIOB members who have no paid income, and hold no company directorships, and do not provide advice on building or construction matters.
Are you offering support for candidates who are in the process of becoming a member?
We are offering those who want to become members support with their fees by introducing a COVID-19 Waiver Fee Application to waive one of two fees:
- Professional Review Fee
- Fellowship Workshop and Assessment Fee
Candidates can apply for one of the above to be waived via the application form below. Please note that you will need to meet the criteria shown on the application form, as well as being able to supply evidence to support your claim before it can be approved.
Please note that the waiver application form is applicable to direct entry members only and cannot be applied to studies being undertaken by a provider. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, we encourage you to contact your provider to discuss your options with them.
All other application fees have been frozen at 2020 levels with no increase for 2021.
How can I pay my membership fees?
If you have a UK bank account, you can set up a direct debit to pay for your subscription either on an annual basis, or in monthly instalments over 6 months from January to June.
Fees can be paid instantly with a debit or credit card through the membership portal here - once logged in, navigate to Membership > Pay Renewal. You will need your username and password to log in. Alternatively, you can pay over the phone by calling our Customer Service team on +44 (0) 1344 630 700.
You can also pay by cheque - please make payable to The Chartered Institute of Building, ensuring that your membership number and surname are written on the reverse, and posting it to:
The Chartered Institute of Building
1 Arlington Square
Member support and progression to Chartered
If you are experiencing financial hardship due to Covid-19 and are on the membership track, a Chartered Building Company or Consultancy or an existing member (MCIOB or FCIOB), please get in touch with our Customer Services team as we may be able to provide some flexibility on fees and membership payments. We aim to provide the most appropriate support on a case-by-case basis, so please bear with us while we respond to your enquiry.
We have also adjusted our arrangements to support prospective members and members looking to upgrade to Chartered Member or Fellow, with assessments, interviews and workshop events moved to online platforms or web-based meetings. The CIOB’s teams can still provide the support you need – please contact Customer Services if you have a question.
Membership and Fellowship candidates
For people who are on the membership track and working towards MCIOB, those required to interview as part of their application will be contacted about alternative arrangements.
For those on the Fellowship track needing to make arrangements for their peer review, we will be working with candidates and assessors to move these to an online platform or postpone until later this year. The CIOB exams programme is delivered online, so students will not be affected with regard to accessing the material necessary to progress to membership.
Advice for members
I am facing general financial difficulty or need additional support.
The CIOB Benevolent Fund was set up to help and support past and present members with a range of services and provides confidential advice and assistance. Whether you have concerns about money, housing, work or anything else, the Benevolent Fund is here to assist. For more information, visit www.ciobbenevolentfund.org.uk. We also have partnered with Anxiety UK to offer an easy-to-access support service for those who would benefit from their services.
What is Anxiety UK?
Anxiety UK, formed in 1970, works to support those living with anxiety disorders, stress and anxiety-based depression. The charity provides information and support via a range of services. These include psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling and clinical hypnotherapy, delivered via the charity’s national network of Approved Therapists.
Is it free?
Yes, the cost of any support and treatment is met by the CIOB Benevolent Fund. Furthermore, any individual who reaches out for support through this partnership will receive a year’s Anxiety UK membership, which will include complementary access to further, wider support if required.
Who is eligible?
Support is available to past and present members, as well as dependent family members.
Can I access support if I am not in the UK?
Yes, the service is available to all members, regardless of their location.
Is the process confidential?
Yes, the CIOB provides complete confidentiality. No record of your enquiry or referral is stored anywhere on our system, and any contact with us remains private and confidential.
How can I access the service?
Please call us on +44 (0) 1344 630 877 during our normal office opening hours for more information and for a referral form to be sent to you.
Events and meetings
Our local hub events and meetings will be postponed or run virtually until further notice. We will continue to adapt our local events so that they can be run online where possible. Delegates and potential delegates should contact their local CIOB event organiser for further details.
Our advice to members, and others, who were attending our courses and events is to encourage the use of our online resources. This includes the CIOB Academy CPD portal that hosts a wide range of online learning as well as the CIOB Library.
The CIOB is mindful that this is an unprecedented situation but hopefully our actions will be, along with those of many other organisations and businesses, practical and useful steps needed to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
I am due to attend a CIOB event. Will it be taking place?
We will be in contact with you regarding any events which you are due to attend in order to confirm if the event will be going ahead as planned. Some events may be rescheduled and, if so, you will be notified of this.
What will happen with events in the future?
We will continue to follow the situation closely and make further arrangements with you as soon as we know more.
Will I get a refund?
All tickets purchased will be valid for the rearranged future date. However, there will be a no-quibble policy for anyone requiring a refund.
Are CIOB's offices open?
Our office locations around the world will be closed for the time being. This includes our office in London, which is also home to the CIOB Academy. The CIOB Academy will continue to support members and other customers during the office closure. Our head office in Bracknell is also closed and our staff are now working from home.
How is the CIOB helping members experiencing financial hardship?
At this time, as well as during any other period of hardship, our current and former members, as well as their families, can get help from the CIOB Benevolent Fund.