Becoming a Chartered Fellow

Fellows of the CIOB are amongst the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the construction industry, recognised globally for their skill and achievements.

Covid-19 Membership Support

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


It is required that you possess at least 5 years of experience leading an organisation, people and contributing to the industry, communities or society. Candidates must also have responsibilities that extend to working with sector stakeholders. This work must demonstrate a contribution to the wider industry or the general public and could be through industry-specific charities such as the Construction Youth Trust or the CIOB or other stakeholders such as schools, universities, communities and community groups or government agencies.

Fellowship is independently benchmarked and is comparable to a British Master’s Degree. This work has been carried out by the expert qualifications agency, UK ENIC which provides information on qualifications to governments and government authorities and education establishments across the world.

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The Application Process

If you are applying to upgrade from MCIOB, you will be required to produce a 3,000 word reflective account of a project or initiative you have led, through which you can demonstrate your competence in leading people and organisations within the sector.

If you are applying directly for Fellowship, you will be required to produce an additional 3,000 word report based on a project or initiative you have led which demonstrates you meet the standards of the professional review for MCIOB.

All candidates attend a professional discussion which is called a viva voce exam, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. This exam is conducted by trained professionals, and includes 2 assessors and 1 chair. The discussion is based on your written project, as well as an interactive discussion on a topical issue affecting the industry.

Before you can move forward with your written application, you will be asked to attend a workshop in our London or Bracknell Office (or via Skype if you are unable to attend in person) to go through the whole Fellowship process. Candidates will be charged £155 to attend. This fee will then be deducted from the £700 Fellowship Assessment fee when you submit your final application.


Please check our Fees page to get the most current information about Fellowship assessment and subscription fees.


Benefits of Fellowship include access to over 500 events each year, free CPD resources from the CIOB Academy and access to our Library Information Service. In addition, Fellowship also provides opportunities for career progression, promotion and higher salaries. 


Our Fellowship Mentoring Programme is a way for Chartered Fellows to become Mentors and offer advice and support as you embark on your journey towards Fellowship. Find out more and register your interest as a Mentor or Mentee here.