Chartered Institute of Building

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Chartered Institute of Building
Chartered Institute of Building Logo.jpeg
Abbreviation CIOB
Motto Diligently and faithfully
Formation 1834
Type Professional Body
Legal status Registered Charity
Purpose Promotion for the public benefit the science and practice of building.
Headquarters 1 Arlington Square, Downshire Way, Bracknell, Berkshire,  RG12 1WA, UK
Coordinates 51°24′28″N 0°41′27″W / 51.40778°N 0.69083°W / 51.40778; -0.69083Coordinates: 51°24′28″N 0°41′27″W / 51.40778°N 0.69083°W / 51.40778; -0.69083
Region served
CIOB President
Rebecca Thompson FCIOB
Chief Executive
Chris Blythe OBE
Main organ
Board of Trustees
Remarks Built environment
Formerly called
The Institute of Building

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), headquartered in Bracknell, UK, is a worldwide professional body that represents construction and property professionals who work within the built environment. Chartered members holding CIOB accredited qualifications may use MCIOB (Member) FCIOB (Fellow).

CIOB is a full member of the Construction Industry Council.[1] The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) accredit MCIOB and FCIOB qualifications enabling formal issue of the CML Professional Consultants Certificate (PCC).


The CIOB was established in London on 6 March 1834 as the Builders Society by an eminent group of Master Builders that included Thomas Cubitt and William Cubitt.

"to uphold and promote reputable standards of building through friendly intercourse, the useful exchange of information and greater uniformity and respectability in business".[2][3]

It later became The London Master Builders Society. In the same year of 1834 the RIBA was founded away from the traditional Master Builder.

In 1884 the society was incorporated under the Companies Act as The Institute of Builders, the principal objective being "to promote excellence in the construction of buildings and just and honourable practice in the conduct of business".[2] From 1886, the Institute had offices at 31-32 Bedford Street in London, along with the Central Association of Master Builders of London and the Builders' Accident Insurance Company.[4]

Following substantial development, particularly in the years following the Second World War, the Institute changed its name in 1965 to The Institute of Building and adopted in 1970 new objectives of a broader and more professional character and registered as an educational charity.

The Institute of Building was granted a Royal Charter on 25 September 1980 thereby achieving its current name, the Chartered Institute of Building.

Global spread[edit]

The CIOB is headquartered in the UK with branches throughout the world. Approximately 20% of its members are located overseas with representation in over 100 countries worldwide with offices in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and The Middle East.[5] The CIOB has also formed international agreements with several overseas organisations.[6]


The CIOB has over 45,000 members worldwide. Members are drawn from a wide range of professional disciplines working within the built environment, including clients, consultants and contractors as well specialists in regulation, research and education. There are two categories of member: Corporate and Non-Corporate.[2]

Members must undertake Continuing Professional Development throughout the life of their membership in accordance with the CIOB guidelines to maintain their professional status and to fulfil their professional obligations.


The following designatory letters may be used by members of the CIOB:

  • Members may use "MCIOB".
  • Fellows may use "FCIOB".

Members and Fellows of CIOB may describe themselves as a "Chartered Builder" or "Chartered Construction Manager".

Faculties and groups[edit]

There are a number of groups and faculties within the CIOB for specialisms and disciplines operating within the construction industry. These include:[7]


The CIOB has established a new branch for young professionals called Novus (Latin: "New"). Novus exists to provide a link from student to corporate member by providing peer support, mentoring and a forum for young members of the CIOB. Novus also liaises with educational bodies in the United Kingdom and Ireland to promote the activities of the CIOB and recruit new members. Novus is present within all parts of the UK and Ireland, its branches are as follows:[8]

  • East Midlands
  • East England
  • Ireland
  • London
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • Scotland
  • South East England
  • South West England
  • Wales
  • West Midlands


The CIOB develops educational standards in construction and has an accreditation process for universities and colleges seeking recognition of their (university/college) courses.


The CIOB produces and supports, research across key issues within the construction industry. This research can be both member and/or public driven.

Research and surveys include titles such as:

Contract Forms[edit]

A number of standard forms of contract have been developed for use by the construction industry, including:

  • CIOB Facilities Management Contract, 2008
  • Agreement for the appointment of planning supervisor - scope of service, 2004
  • Mini form of contract
  • Minor works contract
  • Complex Projects Contract

Notable members[edit]

Notable members of the CIOB include:

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-28. , CIC Full Members, accessed 9 Feb 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-05. , Royal Charter and Bye-Laws, 10 October 2007, accessed 5 Feb 2012.
  3. ^ Royal Commission On Trades' Unions And Other. (2013). pp. 92-3. First Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Inquire Into the Organization and Rules of Trades Unions and Other Associations, Together With Minutes of Evidence, Presented to Both Houses of Parliament By Command of Her Majesty, 1867. London: Forgotten Books. (Original work published 1867) - Archived online Archived 8 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved: 29 November 2015.
  4. ^ 'Bedford Street and Chandos Place Area: Bedford Street', in Survey of London: Volume 36, Covent Garden, ed. F H W Sheppard (London, 1970), pp. 253-263 Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  5. ^ Chartered Institute Of Building, [1], Overseas, 5 Feb 2012
  6. ^ Chartered Institute of Building, [2], International, 5 Feb 2012
  7. ^ Chartered Institute of Building, [3], Faculties, 5 Feb 2012
  8. ^ Chartered Institute of Building, [4], Novus, 1 April 2012

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