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Specialist Certification

The CIOB can help you gain specialist recognition in specific areas of construction, allowing you to further your career within the sector. Find out more about three specialist certifications below.

Specialist Certification

The CIOB can help you gain specialist recognition in specific areas of construction, allowing you to further your career within the sector. Find out more about three specialist certifications below.

Specialist Fields

Currently, the CIOB can help you join the CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme, become a Chartered Environmentalist or CIOB Building Surveyor in the Republic of Ireland. Some of these may require Chartered Membership (MCIOB or FCIOB) with the institute. Scroll down to find out more information as well as eligibility criteria and how to apply.

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CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme

The CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme launched in June 2017 in response to a growing demand for ‘certified’ conservation specialists. Applicants will be required to demonstrate their competence against the ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) Training and Education Guidelines based on their experience and qualifications. In addition, the Scheme requires a demonstration of competence towards sustainability and energy efficiency issues.

Eligibility

The Scheme is open to those who hold at least a HNC/HND in Conservation and have typically three years’ relevant experience working in the following roles:

  • Works Supervisors/Site Managers
  • Building/Quantity Surveyors
  • Design Coordinators/Managers
  • Project/Construction Managers
  • Facilities/Estates Managers

For those without a HNC/HND in Conservation or three years' relevant experience, successful completion of the CIOB Academy Understanding Building Conservation course provides eligibility to the certification scheme.

Levels

The Scheme offers three levels of competence: Registered, Proficient and Certified. Each level has different entry requirements and offers a level-specific certificate. Individuals who succeed as ‘proficient’ or as ‘registered’ will receive recognition of their expertise, and at ‘certified’ level have the benefit of being recognised by a growing number of organisations that require ‘certified’ experts. The Scheme also gives an individual the opportunity to progress up through the levels as they acquire additional qualifications and experience.

Chartered Environmentalist

The CEnv qualification establishes your commitment and expertise in sustainable development, as it applies to construction. It also provides you with a network made up of more than 7,000 fellow professionals who have gained the qualification from the Society for the Environment, and you'll be able to meet them through a number of research conferences, social events and prize-giving ceremonies. CEnv also offers you international recognition with over 10% of Chartered Environmentalists now based outside the UK.

Eligibility

If you’re a Member or a Fellow of the CIOB and you’re working on sustainability projects, you can apply to become a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).

CIOB Building Surveyor (Republic of Ireland)

Registration as a CIOB Building Surveyor, provides a route to registration as outlined in the Building Control Act 2007, and is applicable to Corporate Members of the CIOB, M/F CIOB only, but does not automatically guarantee Registration of Professional Title with the Irish Registration Board. If you are a Chartered member and have at least 2 years practical experience* of performing duties commensurate with those of a building surveyor, you can apply immediately.

Eligibility

Experience of performing duties commensurate with those of a Building Surveyor, has been defined by the Registration Body as follows:

Employed on a fulltime basis for a minimum of two years (or the equivalent on a part time basis), with appropriate experience drawn from at least three of the following areas:

  • Construction Technology/ Building Pathology,
  • Building Measurement/condition surveys,
  • Planning acts/regulations and building regulations

 And, at least one of the following areas:

  • Design and specifications,
  • Building services,
  • Health & Safety regulations
  • Contract Administration/costing
  • Project Management
  • Other specialisation e.g. sustainability, energy rating, fire safety, asset management conservation
  • Such other experience as may be considered appropriate by the admissions board

 OR

  • Can demonstrate particular specialised knowledge in any one of these areas in recent years with prior experience in other areas.

It should be noted that the registration body is independent and the secretariat is provided by SCSI. The assessment fee is £100.