Last edited 15 Jun 2021

Chartered institute


A chartered institute, or a chartered body, is an organisation or institution which has been granted a Royal Charter. A Royal Charter is an instrument of incorporation which confers independent ‘legal personality’, reflecting the prestigious high status of that organisation. The terms of each Charter differ according to the specific organisation.

The authority for the granting of a Charter is derived from Royal Prerogative, i.e. by the Sovereign, on the advice of the Privy Council.

Pre-19th century, the Charter of Incorporation was the optimal means of creating separate legal personalities, and these were conferred on many different universities, schools, municipalities, joint stock companies, and so on. As benevolent institutions and charities became more prominent, and as legislation was passed that incorporated commercial enterprises, the granting of Royal Charters became more common.

In the construction industry, the most prominent chartered institutes include:

Chartered institutes have the authority to provide individuals who meet certain educational and skills-related criteria to use a Chartered title. This recognises professional competence and conformity with an established set of career standards.

In the construction industry, the most prominent chartered professional statuses include:

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