Construction Manager achieves chartered status
Full corporate members (MCIOBs) and fellows (FCIOBs) of the Chartered Institute of Building have permission to use the title Chartered Construction Manager, following the landmark decision in October.
An alternative to Chartered Builder used by CIOB members and fellows since the 1970s, the title Chartered Construction Manager more accurately reflects the breadth and complexity of careers within the built environment sector. It also signals the growing influence that professional construction managers have within a project team and the contribution that they can make at any point during the lifecycle of a structure.
The decision brings CIOB into line with long-running trends in academia and industry: built environment degrees are increasingly described as construction management courses, and career options range from design to carbon reduction, costing, procurement or strategic business development.
Achieving chartered status for the title of construction manager is the culmination of years of research and lobbying by the Institute, crystallised by former CIOB president, Professor John Bale, who set out a new, broader definition of the role in 2011.
Although CIOB members work across a broad spectrum of disciplines, and at varying levels of seniority from the site to the boardroom, they share some common skills and values. These include commitments to:
• Improve the construction process
• Work towards a more sustainable future
• Improve the quality of the built environment
• Raise standards and influencing the industry
• Embrace innovation
The Chartered Builder descriptor will continue to be available.
Chris Blythe Chief Executive at the CIOB said: “We are delighted that construction management has received the external recognition and validation that it so richly deserves. The title Chartered Construction Manager reflects the professionalism of our members and the growing influence that they have on the built environment sector.
“Acting as an interface between disciplines and trades, professional construction managers are pivotal team players. Their contribution is critical to the successful outcome, as well as the quality and sustainability of any completed building.
“Securing Chartered Construction Manager is an important milestone for the Institute and its global membership. We expect that this internationally recognised title will attract a generation of newcomers to the sector, inspired by the variety of exciting roles on offer.”
Full corporate CIOB members and fellows who would like to start using Chartered Construction Manager are invited to register their interest by visiting www.ciob.org.