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CIOB’s rich heritage in conservation

CIOB’s November conference in Malta will feature visits to sites including the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta
CM explores how the institute works with the heritage sector and how members can become involved.

When it comes to the heritage sector, CIOB is probably best known for the conservation conference it has hosted for the past 10 years. But there are other ways the institute works with the sector – from CIOB Academy courses and certification schemes to field trips and awards.

For example, the Construction Manager of the Year Restoration category in the annual CIOB Awards recognises the work of exceptional individuals leading the work on restoration projects. Entries are closed now for this category, but you can still join us at for a fantastic evening of celebration as a sponsor.

As a sponsor, you will stand on stage at CIOB’s flagship event, presenting an award to the winner in front of around 800 CIOB officials, key players and industry influencers. A full list of benefits can be found at

Malta conference

In November CIOB is organising a trip to Malta for a three-day conference exploring the challenges and opportunities of working in locations of historical significance. In particular we will share international experience looking at the impact of climate change on built heritage.

This will include presentations by local and international speakers, with a mix of discussions and visits to sites such as the Grandmaster’s Palace and Valletta Design Cluster.

Conservation certification

The CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme provides recognition for those who work on traditional and historic buildings, including clients, consultants, academics, regulators and contractors. It recognises competence in their professional role within building conservation. Candidates must have some knowledge and experience of working on traditional buildings, although this does not need to be in conservation areas or listed buildings.

Introductory course

If you do not hold conservation qualifications, you can undertake the CIOB Understanding Building Conservation course. Endorsed by English Heritage, this two-day course is designed for building professionals.

The course looks at residential and commercial property as well as historic monuments. In accordance with ICOMOS, it introduces the philosophy behind conservation and the technical analysis of buildings. You will be eligible for further recognition under the CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme.

Further details on the course can be found at To raise the profile of your organisation through sponsorship of the CIOB Awards or Malta field trip, please contact Nicola James at [email protected] or on +44 (0)1344 630781.

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