Chartered Institute of Building

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is a worldwide professional body that represents professionals who work within the built environment. Chartered members may use the designation MCIOB (Member) and/or FCIOB (Fellow) and can be assigned as Chartered Builders or Chartered Construction Managers once they have demonstrated the required professional competence.

The Chartered Institute of Building
Chartered Institute of Building logo.svg
TypeProfessional Body
Legal statusRegistered Charity
PurposePromotion for the public benefit the science and practice of building.
Headquarters1 Arlington Square, Downshire Way, Bracknell, Berkshire,  RG12 1WA, UK
Coordinates51°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
Mark Beard FCIOB
Chief Executive
Caroline Gumble BSc (Open), CMS, MCIPD, FRSA
Main organ
Board of Trustees
RemarksBuilt environment
Formerly called
The Institute of Building

CIOB is a full member of the Construction Industry Council.[1]


The CIOB was established in London on 6 March 1834 as the Builders Society by an eminent group of 15 Master Builders that included Thomas Cubitt and William Cubitt, to suppress trade unions[2] and to: "uphold and promote reputable standards of building through friendly intercourse, the useful exchange of information and greater uniformity and respectability in business".[3]

By 1867, it had become The London Master Builders Society and had 76 members.[4] 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".[3] 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.[5]

Following substantial development, particularly in the years following the Second World War, The Institute of Builders changed its name in 1965 to The Institute of Building and, in 1970, adopted new objectives of a broader and more professional character. That year it also 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.

The CIOB (along with the CIBSE, IstructE, RIBA, and RICS) was a founder member of the Building Industry Council, today the Construction Industry Council, in 1988.[6]

Global spreadEdit

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.[7] The CIOB has also formed international agreements with several overseas organisations.[8]


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 members: Corporate and Non-Corporate.[3]

Members must undertake Continuing Professional Development throughout the life of their membership following the CIOB guidelines to maintain their professional status and to fulfill 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". The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) accredit MCIOB and FCIOB qualifications enabling the formal issue of the CML Professional Consultants Certificate (PCC).


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

Contract FormsEdit

Several 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 membersEdit

Notable members of the CIOB include:

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), CIC Full Members, accessed 9 February 2012.
  2. ^ Dyos, Harold James (1982). Exploring the Urban Past: Essays in Urban History by H. J. Dyos. Cambridge University Press. p. 250. ISBN 9780521288484.
  3. ^ a b c "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Royal Charter and Bye-Laws, 10 October 2007, accessed 5 February 2012.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ '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.
  6. ^ "Speaking with one voice". New Civil Engineer. 22 October 1998. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  7. ^ Chartered Institute of Building, [1], Overseas, 5 February 2012
  8. ^ Chartered Institute of Building, [2], International, 5 February 2012

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