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The Institute has three categories of membership.

All categories of membership require that you agree to abide by the Institute's Code of Conduct and pay the annual subscription in full within 30 days after the beginning of each membership year. There is no charge to change your membership category, but there are strict criteria regulating applications to become a Full Member of the IHBC, the only accredited category of professional membership in the Institute.

The three categories of membership are :-
Full Member is the only accredited category of professional membership in the IHBC. It is also the only category where holders are entitled to put the letters ‘IHBC’ after their name. Full Members have demonstrated their skills, knowledge and experience in built and historic environment conservation in line with the Institute’s membership standards and criteria. Full members 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.

Affiliate category is the usual starting point for Full Members, as Affiliates intend to apply to become a Full Member. Affiliates may be considered for full membership 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.

Associate An Associate is a person who is working in an area relevant to conservation, and so gains professional support from the IHBC’s membership benefits, but does not intend to apply to become a Full Member.
In addition to the above membership categories, there is one special membership category which affects the annual subscription rate.
Retired This form of membership allows a reduced subscription rate (50% of the ordinary subscription rate) for existing members who retire and wish to remain in contact with the Institute and in receipt of membership benefits, although they are no longer practicing in conservation. Those wishing to apply for this form of membership should write to the Membership Services Officer with evidence confirming that they are no longer practicing.
All membership categories have the right to receive notices such as the IHBC’s ‘NewsBlog’ and membership e-letter, internal literature and Context, as well as reduced rates to events where these apply and other membership benefits. Only full Members have the automatic right to attend General Meetings although normally all categories normally are encouraged to attend.

The IHBC’s Membership and Ethics Committee recommends eligibility for and class of membership, with final approval resting with the IHBC’s Council.

An appeal procedure is available for those who are unhappy with any decisions with respect to membership decisions.

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The membership subscription year for the IHBC is from 1 April to 31 March each year. Subscriptions are due on the 1 April and can be paid by direct debit or by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to the ‘Institute of Historic Building Conservation’.

All subscriptions must be paid by 1 May. If subscriptions are not paid by 1 July, membership benefits terminate automatically. Membership is formally terminated after that.

Current subscription rates are posted here