The final stage to gaining Chartered Membership for most candidates is the Professional Review. It assesses that you have the right knowledge, skills and experience in the three main areas of competence: occupational, management and professionalism. Upon passing your assessment, you will become a Chartered Member and be entitled to use the designation MCIOB.
How to apply for the Professional Review
- Step 1: Academic requirements and experience requirements
You will need to have met the academic eligibility requirements, along with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience (5 years if your qualification is not in the built environment or is a non-honours degree) before starting your application. You will need to hold a Level 6 (degree) level qualification or higher to be academically eligible.
- Step 2: Membership
You must already be a non-chartered member (Applicant) of the CIOB. If you aren't an Applicant member yet, you will need to register for an online account and then apply for membership. Start the process here.
- Step 3: Download the Professional Review form
See below for more information on which form to download.
- Guidance notes
You’ll need to read the guidance notes that you will receive with the application form, which will detail the supporting documents that you will be required to submit along with your application. For example, you may submit an up-to-date copy of your CV and a current record of your CPD.
Your application will need to be endorsed by your line manager, a client or a construction professional who knows you well. You can find out more in the guidance notes you’ll receive with your application.
What support is available?
- Local workshops and mentors - Take advantage of the Professional Review workshops often hosted by local hubs. Your hub can also help by finding you a mentor to give you a honest and open opinion on your PR Application before you submit it. Find your local hub here.
- PR Support Provider - A network of trusted individuals and organisations, who support and encourage you every step of the way, from an initial assessment to submission. For a list of Providers, please download the file below.
- Help for people with Dyslexia – We can offer additional support by providing you with access to ReadandWrite software. Contact your local Hub or email [email protected]
List of PR Support Providers
Professional Review Top 10 Tips
The final stage to gaining Chartered Membership for most candidates is the Professional Review. The Professional Review assesses that you have the right knowledge, skills and experience in the three main areas of competence: occupational, management and professionalism. Here are our top tips.
To make this process as simple as possible we've put together our top 10 Tips for your application.
Tip 1 and the most important: Read the guidance notes.
Tip 2: Use specific examples of tasks or activities you have carried out that cover the criteria in the guidance notes.
We recommend one or two detailed examples and only use examples that have occurred in the last three years.
Tip 3: Avoid generalizations. This means avoiding long explanations about what you do and processes you follow. We need to see how you apply and follow processes and policies, not just that you know they exist.
Tip 4: Write using the past tense it helps you to focus on past activities and avoiding generalizations.
Tip 5: Use first person. Remember this is about your competence
not someone else's. Make it personal to you.
Tip 6: Use the CARL format. It will help you fully describe your examples.
Circumstance: Describe the circumstance you needed to act on.
Action: Describe the action you took. Why did you choose this action?
Result: Evaluate the result of your action or decision, including the positives and negatives.
Learning: Outline any learning and evaluation you took from this experience.
Tip 7: Use all the space provided. This is your opportunity to impress the assessors. Write as much as you can.
Tip 8: Be honest about what you have achieved. We are not just looking for prestigious multi-million pound projects. Small projects can be just as challenging. We are looking for evidence of competence and ethical behaviour.
Tip 9: Before you submit remember to check your spelling and grammar. It is a professional report you are submitting. Check that the declarations have been signed as unsigned applications are returned and will delay the process.
Tip 10: Don't be put off. We know professional qualifications are becoming more sought after by employers. Achieving MCIOB will enhance your career and earning potential. If you get stuck, there's support available. Contact your local hub for details about workshops and professional review champions. Contact one of our professional review support providers. A network of training providers that will offer guidance and encouragement. They will carry out an assessment before the application is submitted to the CIOB. They do charge for their service but their success rate is high. Contact the CIOB's own professional review team. We can help you understand how to approach your professional review report.
Which form is for you?
There are three Professional Review forms. The one you’ll need depends on your experience and qualifications. After you have joined the CIOB at Applicant grade, you can choose the form for you from the options below on this page.
The Application Form is a PDF document – please ensure that you use an official programme such as Adobe Reader to complete the application form, so that you can save the information that you are inputting into the document.
Please do not use a browser to complete your application, as this may result in the information you have entered being lost. We recommend downloading the document and then opening it with a PDF reader – we recommend using Adobe Reader, which is free to download from www.adobe.com
Please email your application to [email protected]
Please note: New application forms are now ready to download. Old application forms will be accepted until 31 December 2021.
Professional Review (PR) FAQs
My application - where do I send it?
When your form is complete, it can be sent to [email protected], along with any supporting documents. Please only submit the documents requested as any additional documents cannot be considered as part of your assessment.
Support - how can you help me through the process?
The professional review team are there to help you. They will check over your application before it is sent for assessment and answer any queries you may have. We also offer professional review workshops for more comprehensive support. You can find upcoming workshops on our Events website. Just search for CIOB Professional Review Workshop.
How long does the Professional Review process take?
From receipt of your application and payment you can expect the process to take around 8 to 12 weeks. It may take longer if any documents or information is missing from your submission.
Are there any restrictions on the length of the report?
Your answers will need to fit within the boxes on the application form.
Contact - will an assessor get in touch?
We may contact you if we need clarification about any aspect of your application. Otherwise, we will contact you to tell you the result of your assessment.
Costs - what will I pay?
See fees page for costs. Once you have submitted the application, the PR team will email instructions about paying on-line and costs involved. You cannot pay until the application has been received.
Any other questions?
Please don't hesitate to get in touch with the professional review team here.
Professional Review for those working in the industry
This is the most common Professional Review form, for all applicants except those with selected Level 7 NVQ Diplomas or those working in the academic field.
NVQ Professional Review
This is a route with a much shorter form for those with NVQ 7 or SVQ 11. If you have a different NVQ or other qualification you’ll need to fill in the Industry route form. To be eligible to undertake the NVQ route, you must meet both of the following conditions: - Your NVQ is less than 3 years old - Your NVQ assessor was a Chartered Member of the CIOB at the time of your assessment If both of these conditions are not met, then please complete the Industry Professional Review.
Professional Review for academics
This tailored route is suitable if you are a teacher, lecturer or researcher, and you do not have direct experience of working on site, or have not worked on site for a while. Read more here about the Academic route.