Stacks Image 7827

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation

The mark of the conservation Professional


Click images to download PDF

Routes to Entry

There are many courses and professions that provide suitable grounding for people who want to become historic environment conservation professionals (see here for Conservation Courses). Depending on your core training and the area of your preferred specialist area of work, a substantial part of your educational needs might already be available to you. For full guidance on possible routes to becoming a Full Member of the IHBC, see our guidance on ‘Routes to IHBC Membership’, and ‘Standards and Guidance for Applicants

Potential specialisms for prospective historic environment conservation professionals are covered by the websites of the following organisations:

Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers UK
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)

The Royal Institute of British Architects
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
Royal Society of Ulster Architects
Royal Society of Architects in Wales

Architectural History
The Society Of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

Art History
Association of Art Historians

Building Preservation Trust Managers
The UK Association of Preservation Trusts

The Institute of Conservation

The Royal Town Planning Institute
Planning Officers Society
Town and Country Planning Association

Surveying & property management
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
The Survey Association

Landscape Architecture
Landscape Institute

Architectural Technology
The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

The Institution of Civil Engineers
The Institution of Structural Engineers
The Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers
The Engineering Council UK

The Institution of Highways and Transportation

Building & Services
The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
The Chartered Institute of Building

Traditional building trades & crafts
National Heritage Training Group

For membership application queries please contact Carmen Moran, IHBC Membership Services Officer at