Accreditation as an Associate invariably is specific to the individual’s generic area of practice. It is represented by the sub-category of Associate membership and, by using the statements above, should always be explicit in any profiles or notices relating to your accreditation by the IHBC.
As accreditation as an Associate is specific to an area of practice, it is distinct from the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary accreditation represented by full membership of the IHBC, as discussed below.
All Associates are listed on the IHBC’s online and publicly accessible ‘database of IHBC accredited conservation practitioners
’, which also details the Associate sub-category as described below. This serves as part of the regulatory infrastructure for monitoring practice.
All Associates are required to carry out at least 50 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) over any two years. Such CPD must be in line with the IHBC’s guidance IHBC CPD page
Associates are not
permitted to serve in the role of ‘Designated Service Adviser
’ on the IHBC’s ‘HESPR
’ scheme, our listing of business and organisations that work to the IHBC’s conservation and service standards.
Associates may apply for accreditation as a Full Member of the IHBC where they have EITHER five years of relevant experience OR two years of relevant experience alongside successful completion of a conservation course recognised by the IHBC
Accreditation as an Associate must be renewed every five years. However, without prejudice to existing Associate status, submissions for full membership or renewal may be made at any time during the five-year period by using the full membership application form. There is no charge for this service.