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How to Become a Chartered Construction Manager | The CCM UK


How to Become a Chartered Construction Manager
What is a Chartered Construction Manager?
What Makes Someone Chartered?
CIOB Memberships
How Do I Get the Qualifications and Experience to Become Chartered?
Benefits of Becoming Chartered


Before discussing how to become a Chartered Construction Manager, we need to know what they do and what their responsibilities are. After all, you have got to be sure that it is the right career route for you. This article will discuss the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) and their process in depth. It will also discuss the many benefits of obtaining a Chartered status. For those who work within the construction industry or interested in starting, this article will be highly valuable for you to read.


What is a Chartered Construction Manager?


A construction manager has many different roles. They have a large amount of responsibility in many areas of a construction project. Here are just a few of those responsibilities:

  • Ensuring the project remains in budget and is completed on time.
  • Monitoring health and safety.
  • Co-ordinating the tasks and workforce.
  • Undertaking quality control on-site.
  • Communicate with stakeholders, contractors, planners.
  • Managing staff working on the project.

They are most often thought of as those who control and direct everything that goes on within a project. Of course, they work with all of the different roles which contribute to a project. They should have high leadership skills and a thorough understanding of how a construction project is carried out.

Furthermore, it is often a role that professionals enter into when they have experienced being a supervisor on-site or a number of years of managerial experience within the construction industry.


What Makes Someone Chartered? 


The ‘Chartered’ title is given to professionals when they join a Chartered Institution which is incorporated with a Royal Charter. Therefore, when individuals become a part of the CIOB, they can obtain Chartered status. Other Chartered Institutions include RICS, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

If you want to become a chartered surveyor, find out about the RICS Coaching that we offer.

The benefit of Chartered organisations is that they adhere to a set of rules and standards. The CIOB Royal Chartered was created in the 1980s. Some of those codes of conduct include benefiting the public and science within the construction and also increasing education. The chartered status also means that there are disciplinary regulations. All members of the institution and those businesses which partner with the CIOB can ensure consistency and quality with a high standard. It is clear from all the above points, this is one of the reasons obtaining chartered status is so popular.

The CIOB allows individuals to use MCIOB post-nominals. However, this is not just for Chartered Construction Managers, but also for Chartered Builders.


CIOB Memberships 


Type Requirements Benefits
Student Member Currently Studying CIOB Library
Chartered Member (MCIOB)Level 6 Degree or Above or Membership of a Listed Professional Body
3 Years Relevant Experience
MCIOB + More
Fellow Member (FCIOB)5 Years of Experience Leading an Organisation and Other Significant Contributions to Wider Industry or PublicFCIOB
CPD Resources
Career Progression


The CIOB used to have a few different Memberships, but since 2015 there are only 3 different memberships, 2 of which lead to the Chartered title. The Student Membership is available for those who are still studying and do not yet have the required qualifications or experience to achieve MCIOB. The MCIOB is a full Chartered Member.

Here at the College of Contract Management, we offer a Chartered Membership Programme which guides you through the process of becoming Chartered. You learn 4 different modules to develop your skills and competencies before completing the Professional Review.

The College of Contract Management also offers Professional Review Coaching. Within this coaching service, you have an assessor which will guide you through your review process. They will give you indicators on what to write within your draft documents and then give you feedback within areas that you need to improve. These assessors are experts in the Professional Review process and have helped many students before you to reach their goals of becoming MCIOB.

Fellow Membership, as shown in the table above, gives those in construction one of the highest statuses. Not only do they get the benefit of being Chartered, their hard work and dedication within the industry are also shown.

Some people may ask, is membership worth it?

Well, with the ability for Chartered status to open the door to many more opportunities and get ahead of the competition, yes, it is worth it. Many of the CIOB’s members have also been involved in projects such as the Houses of Parliament and many more extraordinary construction projects.

Therefore, becoming a member by taking full advantage of the Membership Programme that we offer, as well as the Professional Review Coaching, you will have a successful career.


How Do I Get the Qualifications and Experience to Become Chartered? 


You may be thinking, I like how this all sounds, but how do I even become a Construction Manager, let alone become a Chartered one? Well, to become a Construction Manager, you need a combination of qualifications and experience. Understanding how projects are managed is essential. Those who were site supervisors often progress to become managers after time. Construction Managers are some of the most advanced level positions that operate on a construction site/project.

Once become a Construction Manager,  you will be able to gain Chartered status.

The good news is, as the requirement for Chartered status is a level 6 qualification, you can take our NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Site Management. This NVQ is an evidence-based qualification in which you will draw on examples from a wealth of experience you have managing a site. This qualification is highly popular as you not only have eligibility to become MCIOB (as long as you have at least 3 years experience), you can also apply for the CSCS Black Card.



Benefits of Becoming Chartered 


There are many different benefits to becoming a Chartered construction professional such as a Construction Manager.


Right to Use Post-Nominals 

For the Chartered Membership, individuals are able to use MCIOB post-nominals to add to their CVs and other professional documents.

In addition, Fellow Members are able to use FCIOB post-nominals in the same way. Using these post-nominals in professional documents clearly shows the individuals skills and achievements. They are some of the most widely recognised post-nominals within the construction industry. Therefore, they allow members to have increased employability prospects.


Access to Events 


Members get the chance to attend a variety of 500 events per year. These include networking opportunities and award ceremonies. Not only does this allow members to meet other people in their industry, but it also allows them to network and find work opportunities.


Increased Career Prospects 


Those who are chartered are highly respected by many construction companies. This means that those who are chartered will have a much greater chance of getting a position, than those who are not. It also opens the door to increased networking and finding opportunities that way. Many businesses will only employ those who are chartered if the business has a high status.


Free CPD Sessions 


Membership also gives individuals the chance to take CPD Sessions.  Chartered Members are able to update their skills continually, and maintain their level of standard. They can be in a variety of different areas and can allow people to specialise in their career. Additionally, they can reflect the changes that the industry undergoes.


Chartered Status Raises Salary


In addition, those who are Chartered Construction Managers usually earn £50k+ a year, rising even further in senior-level positions. You can expect to work with construction companies who get involved in exciting, high-cost projects all across the world. Employers will usually pay Chartered Managers more than those who are not because they can expect them to operate at a higher standard.


Final Thoughts


A Chartered Construction Manager is a highly reputable status to obtain. They have a huge level of responsibility on a construction site and generally within projects. They work to supervise the site, ensure that the project remains in the budget, assess the quality of the project progression and much more. ‘Chartered’ is a title awarded to those who are recognised members of a Royal Charter organisation. Chartered Builder or a Chartered Construction Manager is an official job title.

In order to gain Chartered Membership with the CIOB, individuals need to obtain the NVQ Level 6 that the College of Contract Management offers or another level 6 qualification. After they have obtained the relevant qualifications and the required years of experience, individuals must take the Professional Review. They can receive help and guidance with our PR Coaching.

Finally, there is a huge range of different benefits that come as a result of Chartership. Firstly, it opens the door to new opportunities. Furthermore, it increases employability, salary, right to use post-nominals, CPD sessions and more.

If anyone was to ask me whether membership is worth it, I would say yes. In fact, it is so popular that the CIOB is one of the most recognised bodies in the UK and in other parts of the world.

If you want to know more about our CIOB Chartered Membership Program or our Professional Review Coaching, get in contact with us here.