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Conservation certification recognises competencies

Conservation certification
Conservation certification endorses specialist work on heritage sites such as Norwich Cathedral (Image:

Is 2024 the year you join the CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme and become a Chartered Environmentalist or a CIOB Building Surveyor (in the Republic of Ireland)?

The scheme was launched in response to a growing demand for ‘certified’ conservation specialists.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their competence against CIOB’s building conservation competencies and the ICOMOS training and education guidelines based on their experience and qualifications. In addition, it requires a demonstration of competence with regard to sustainability and energy efficiency issues.

The scheme offers three levels of competence:

  • Registered: Demonstrate good working and background knowledge of key aspects of work to traditional buildings and conservation practice, principles and philosophy, and understand when guidance or supervision is required.
  • Proficient: Demonstrate a depth of knowledge and understanding of conservation practice, principles and philosophy, including significance, and guide and take responsibility for others, while understanding when further specialist guidance is required.
  • Certified: Demonstrate authoritative knowledge of conservation practice, principles and philosophy, including significance, and contribute to development of conservation standards.

The scheme is open to individuals who hold at least a diploma or equivalent in conservation or have completed the CIOB Academy’s Understanding Building Conservation course.

They need at least three years of relevant experience working in conservation. It is open to members and non-members of CIOB.

Applicants can be working in a wide range of built environment roles including works supervisors, site managers, construction managers, building surveyors, design coordinators, project managers and facilities/estates managers. 

To find out if you are eligible, or for more information, contact Elaine Dove at [email protected].

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