Following a successful pilot programme, the new technical membership aims to empower industry specialists
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has launched its TechCIOB membership, which is targeted at technical specialists within the construction industry.
TechCIOB aims to give specialist workers an increased opportunity to promote their achievements and demonstrate their competence and professionalism, while also increasing their chances of promotion and higher salaries.
Examples of eligible job roles include site supervisors, fire safety officers, electrical engineers, utility technicians and site managers.
Other technical specialists including CAD designers, building control technicians and BIM modellers would also be suitable to apply for TechCIOB membership.
As well as people who work in technical construction roles, TechCIOB membership is also available for those working in off-site manufacturing, digital technologies and robotics.
Commenting on the launch, Caroline Gumble, chief executive of CIOB, described the new membership grade as "a significant development for us and for the wider industry".
She said: “The new TechCIOB grade allows CIOB to extend our support to even more professionals working in this important industry by recognising and awarding post-nominals to technical specialists, who have become experienced professionals and are often thought leaders in their area of expertise, sometimes having spent decades honing their craft.
“I am pleased CIOB is now able to offer membership to some of the most talented individuals within the construction industry and welcome them into the CIOB community.”
Mark of excellence
CIOB has been working with its members and stakeholders throughout the industry to develop the new membership grade for technical specialists. More prospective members are now being urged to sign up following a successful pilot in early 2023.
Ian Gregory, who oversees the Integrated Track Team at Transport for London, took part in the pilot because he felt TechCIOB membership would help him progress his career.
He said: “The TechCIOB grade is a mark of excellence that I can carry with me regardless of where I work and it is a grade that reflects my years’ worth of experience earned outside of degree-level education.
“I believe it will demonstrate to any future employers that I have met the required standard as a technical professional within the construction industry.”
For more information, visit the CIOB website.