Specialist Certification

The CIOB can help you join the CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme, become a Chartered Environmentalist or a CIOB Building Surveyor, in the Republic of Ireland.

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.


The Scheme is open to individuals who hold at least an HNC in Conservation and have a minimum of three years relevant experience working in Conservation, and for those without a conservation qualification but have more experience, then successful completion of the CIOB Academy’s Understanding Building Conservation course will also provide eligibility to the scheme. The scheme is open to both members and non-members of the CIOB.


This Scheme differs from other certification schemes as it offers three levels of competence: Registered, Proficient and Certified, with each level requiring different eligibility criteria and assessment requirements, as well as awarding a level-specific certificate. Applicants who succeed as ‘registered’ or as ‘proficient’ will receive recognition of their expertise, and at the ‘certified’ level have the benefit of being recognised by a growing number of organisations that require ‘certified’ specialists. The Scheme also gives an individual the opportunity to progress up through the levels as they acquire additional qualifications and experience.

    For more information

    To find out if you are eligible or for more information, please head to our Contact Us and select 'Applications and Opportunities' and then 'Conservation Scheme Enquiry'.

    Roles & PAS 2035

    The scheme is open to individuals working in a wide range of built environment roles:

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

    We have also recently added a number of new roles following the recent introduction of PAS 2035 where there is now a requirement for individuals working on traditional buildings within retrofit roles to be a member of a building conservation certification scheme. For those working on unprotected traditional buildings then membership of a scheme at the lowest level is required. For individuals working on protected traditional buildings then a membership at the highest level is required. These new roles are:

    • Construction Planner
    • Clerk of Works
    • Construction Quality Manager
    • Retrofit Co-ordinator
    • Retrofit Assessor
    • Retrofit Designer
    • Retrofit Evaluator
    • Retrofit Advisor

    Chartered Environmentalist

    Gaining CEnv establishes your commitment and experience in sustainable development, as it applies to construction and the built environment. It also provides you with a network made up of over 7,000 peers, with whom you can network through a number of conferences, social events and award ceremonies. You will also gain international recognition, with over 10% of CEnv members now based outside of the UK.


    To become a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), you must first be a Chartered Member or Fellow of the CIOB before you can apply. The application route consists of submitting a written application followed by a professional interview, carried out by specialist CEnv assessors.


    Become a Chartered Environmentalist

    The CIOB is proud to be a licensed body for The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) for Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registration.

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    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 of practical experience* of performing duties commensurate with those of a building surveyor, you can apply immediately.



    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


    • 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