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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.

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.

Events and meetings

Our local hub events and meetings will be postponed until the end of April 2020 at which point we will review the situation. 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.

The CIOB Annual Conservation Conference which was scheduled to take place in April has been postponed until the autumn. We are also postponing our visit to Sydney for the CIOB Members Forum.

Until the end of April 2020, CIOB staff will not be attending external meetings with other companies or organisations to which they have been invited. Many of our meetings will be moved online.

We are writing to all attendees of CIOB-organised events with updates on the specific events they’ve signed up for over the coming days. We will also confirm the situation with regard to requests for refunds and notify attendees directly as soon as we can. Partner organisations and sponsors of our events are also being contacted with our latest information.

Coronavirus Impact on Construction

Find a list of resources and industry advice, guidance and information on construction-specific issues

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. 

Get Support

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

Access to CIOB offices

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. 

Advice for members

We advise our members to follow the guidance and advice issued by their sites and workplaces. We also advise members to stay up to date with the latest official health and travel advice.

Key information sources include:

www.who.int/coronavirus

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

For those members based in the UK, Guidance for Employers and Businesses about COVID-19 has been issued by the UK Government.

 

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.

Benevolent Fund

We remind members that the CIOB Benevolent Fund provides support and advice for members. It is accessible to anyone who either is or has at any time been a member of the CIOB and their dependent families. Students are eligible for financial assistance from their second year of membership onwards. More information at www.ciobbenevolentfund.org.uk

We understand that during this difficult time, more than ever people will need support. Please be aware that our partner Anxiety UK has a variety of support available in these times of uncertainty that can be accessed here by any of our members regardless of membership duration.

 

Online resources

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.

 

FAQs

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.

 

We will continue to follow the situation closely and make further arrangements with you as soon as we know more. The current continuity plans will remain in place until the end of April 2020 where we will review the situation.

 

All tickets purchased will be valid for the rearranged future date. However, there will be a no-quibble policy for anyone requiring a refund.

 

Both our Bracknell and London Offices are now closed.

 

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.