What is CIOB?

CIOB-Chartered-Building-Consultancy-LogoMB Design & Surveyors Limited is CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) Regulated.

So what is CIOB?

The Chartered Institute of Building is a worldwide professional body that represents construction and property professionals who work within the building environment. Chartered members holding CIOB accredited qualifications may use MCIOB FCIOB. Becoming a Member of CIOB is comparable to gaining a bachelor’s degree.

CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. They have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and they have been doing that since 1834. members of CIOB work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the building environment.

Organisations Chartered with CIOB are independently assessed and regularly audited. They can demonstrate that they:

  • Are competently and professionally run;
  • Operate to high business and ethical standards;
  • Are committed to developing a fully qualified workforce;
  • Have a significant number of directors that are already Chartered, either with CIOB or other building environment organisations.

To qualify as an MCIOB a Member must hold either a BSC (Hons) degree in construction processes related to the built environment, or demonstrate academic equivalent either by holding a degree in a different subject or by having their professional performance, competences, and the required underpinning knowledge assessed.

This equivalence was independently audited by the Privy Council and DTI (now split between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Department of Children, Schools and Families) and further recognised under the European directive 2005/36/EC on mutual recognition.

Further, under the European Union first Directive (89/48/EEC) on a general system for higher education diplomas, the UK government appointed the CIOB as a designated, competence authority for building under the terms of the EU Directive. This Directive shows CIOB alongside the RICS, ICE and other Institutes.

Whilst there are differences between RICS and CIOB qualifications, they are of equivalent level and each carry a Chartered status. It is recognised that the two institutes have differing examination requirements in order to reflex the scope of the qualification.

The CIOB has also led the way in the assessment of professional competence and in the UK we are the Awarding Body for higher level National Vocational Qualifications in Construction Project Management, Construction Contracts Management, Construction Site Management and many more.


Making the Right Choice
Historically, one of the biggest dilemmas facing any client has always been choosing a consultant you can rely upon. The Chartered Building Consultancy scheme brings this uncertainty to an end.

Chartered Building Consultancies are run by professionally qualified managers, experienced in all aspects of the building process. They endorse the Chartered Institute of Buildings globally recognised standards of best practice in management, professionalism and competent behaviour.

Benefits of Choosing a Chartered Building Consultancy

Chartered Building Consultancies are bound by a comprehensive Code of Professional Conduct. This commits them to quality of service, integrity of conduct and an overriding concern for your best interest at all times.

As the client you can expect:

  • Professionalism throughout, from initial enquiry to the satisfactory completion of their working brief;
  • Quality of service and attention to detail
  • Speed, efficiency and integrity;
  • Value for money;
  • Fully trained and competent people working for you;
  • Compliance with statutory codes and good building practice;
  • Any problems that arise will be dealt with promptly, courteously and efficiently.

How Consultancies Qualify

Eligibility for Chartered Building Consultancy status is monitored by the Chartered Institute of Building – the international voice of the building professional.

To qualify, a consultancy must:

  • Provide evidence of the professional qualifications of its executive directors or partners;
  • Show that a significant portion of these directors or partners are qualified as Chartered Builders – in line with the CIOB’s global standards;
  • Ensure that all staff engaged in the management of the construction process have achieved, or are working towards, appropriate qualifications in accordance with national or CIOB standards;
  • Guarantee they keep themselves informed of current thinking and developments appropriate to the type and level of their responsibility;
  • Ensure individuals within the company provide evidence they have undertaken sufficient study and personal development to fulfil their professional obligations;
  • Abide by the Code of professional Conduct;
  • Agree to employ only competent personnel and specialist contractors, and to produce work to the required standard;
  • Continually maintain the requirements for chartered status.