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CIOB building conservation courses receive English Heritage endorsement


Ethelbert Gate, Norwich Cathedral.


[edit] Introduction

The Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) ‘Understanding Building Conservation’ course and ‘Building Conservation Certification Scheme’ have received official endorsement from English Heritage.

[edit] Course specifics

The Understanding Building Conservation course has a focus on the up-to-date approach to building conservation, considering the broad ingredients of understanding and dealing with technical issues and heritage values and how they are brought together with appropriate processes. This two-day course provides eligibility for the Building Conservation Scheme in lieu of other eligible criteria.

The Building Conservation Certification Scheme, introduced in June 2017 in response to a growing demand for ‘certifiedconservation specialists, applies the same criteria as other similar schemes but with energy efficiency and sustainability in recognition that climate change must play a part in everybody's role. It is also a scheme that accepts a far greater number of roles within industry than any other scheme.

[edit] English Heritage involvement

English Heritage became part of the CIOB pilot conservation scheme in 2015, leading to the introduction of a new type of building conservation certification. The three-tiered system covers many of the important roles that English Heritage staff carry out and has supported career growth and recognised the importance of the many estates management roles across the country.

English Heritage immediately recognised and welcomed the importance of this step change and are supporting their staff as they follow this route to achieve building conservation certification.

[edit] 2020 CIOB Annual Conservation Conference

In addition to the building conservation course and scheme, the CIOB Annual Conservation Conference: Future Skills for Traditional Buildings, one of the leading events in historic conservation was also endorsed by English Heritage. The 2020 virtual event explored how the construction industry can balance the shortage of traditional skills with the need to move to modern methods of working.

Stewart Wright, Head of Survey and Asset Management at English Heritage, said:

English Heritage is delighted to partner with the CIOB and endorse both the Conservation Conference and Conservation Certification scheme. The development of future skills is at the core of our work, which is to maintain the national collection of historic buildings.”

This article originally appeared on the CIOB website. It was published on 4 November 2020.


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