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Certification scheme for building conservation launched

22 June 2017

Conservation specialist the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has launched its Building Conservation Certification Scheme to recognise competence in working on historic facilties.

It states that the majority of construction professionals will work on historic buildings during their career, due to the fact that 25% of the UK building stock was built before 1919.

The new scheme has been created in consultation with English Heritage, the National Trust, Historic Scotland and Cadw, the Welsh government's historic environment service.

CIOB said the scheme is designed to allow conservation specialists to gain recognition for their expertise and as a pathway for the next generation of specialists.

There are three levels of competency, beginning with the CIOB Registered in Building Conservation.

Those with significant experience can apply for the Proficient in Building Conservation certificate.

Professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the historic value and philosophy of historic buildings can apply for the Certified Building Conservation Specialist level.

The scheme is also supported by a two-day course at the CIOB Academy.

CIOB president Rebecca Thompson said: "We need to hold onto our past and treasure it.

"Globally, people look to the UK for leadership on the art and science of conservation.

"We have a huge stock of old buildings that need to be maintained, adapted, restored and conserved and we must ensure that the industry has the right skills and that expertise is clearly benchmarked."

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