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CIOB and UCEM team up to deliver an apprenticeship with a route to chartered status

Chartered Institute of Building

3 min read Partner content

The CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) and University College of Estate Management (UCEM) have teamed up to offer a degree apprenticeship programme which is also a route to chartered status as a construction professional.

Apprentices already on the Construction Site Management programme who are due to complete their end-point assessment in September this year will be part of the first cohort who can claim their apprenticeship certificate, degree and chartered member status with CIOB.

UCEM launched the Construction Site Management degree apprenticeship in 2020 and the timing of CIOB’s acceptance onto the register of end-point assessment organisations in England means all apprentices on the programme will now be able to complete their end-point assessment with CIOB.

The level 6 apprenticeship standards which CIOB can now deliver end-point assessments for are:
• Construction Site Management
• Construction Quantity Surveyor
• Design and Construction Management.

The partnership between UCEM and CIOB will support the first cohort of Level 6 Construction Site Management degree apprentices this year. As part of this partnership, CIOB is offering the option of becoming a chartered member, able to use the post-nominal of MCIOB, for all apprentices. The process has been designed to be relatively simple, focussing on mapping evidence of the on-programme journey towards membership requirements.

Stephen Bartle, UCEM’s executive director – business development and apprenticeships, commented: “Having CIOB provide the end-point assessment for our Construction Site Management apprenticeship is the perfect arrangement for apprentices seeking to become chartered construction professionals. UCEM has offered CIOB-accredited degrees for many years and is an approved provider of the CIOB Chartered Membership Programme for experienced professionals. As one of the largest providers of degree apprenticeships for the built environment, it’s great to extend our partnership with CIOB to include the Construction Site Management apprenticeship.”

Caroline Gumble, CEO of CIOB, said: "Becoming an end-point assessment organisation was a natural step for CIOB – we work to promote the science and practice of building and construction, with our public interest remit, driving standards and quality across the industry. Our qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism. We’re now able to bring that expertise to apprenticeships standards, offering a unique apprenticeship to CIOB chartership route. We’re also delighted to have UCEM as our first ever degree apprenticeship partner as we have a long-standing relationship with the institution, share many of its goals and have a successful scholarship programme that we jointly fund.”

As with any apprenticeship, development of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours is delivered through a combination of workplace training and experience, provided by the employer, and off-the-job learning. The degree content is taught online by UCEM, enabling apprentices to study at a time and place that suits them.

With regard to employer requirements, it’s important that the employer is able to provide their apprentices with relevant workplace experience in order for the requirements of the end point assessment to be met.

In addition to becoming UCEM graduates, all the successful apprentices completing this programme will be invited to attend a CIOB graduation ceremony, meeting other chartered CIOB members and receiving their award from a Past President.

For more on the apprenticeship, and details on how to apply, visit

For more on CIOB’s support for apprenticeships, please visit the “learning” section of the CIOB website:


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