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NB: You may take your first step towards IHBC membership by registering as a Member of the IHBC using form linked above. Anyone interested in IHBC accreditation is encouraged to start with the online registration above.

The IHBC has three categories of membership.

All categories of membership require that applicants 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 fee to change membership categories, but there are strict criteria regulating applications to become a Full Member of the IHBC, as discussed below.

The three categories of specialist membership are:

  • Affiliate: The IHBC’s introductory membership category, recommended for all practitioners who want to work towards IHBC accreditation, regardless of their skills, qualifications or credentials. From 2022 this category will require assessment. You can apply for assessment HERE and upload your completed application form HERE or use the link in the form.. See more below.
  • Associate: Practitioners who have secured conservation accreditation from the IHBC in their generic area of practice in line with the Institute’s membership standards and criteria and the international models on which they are based.
  • Full Member: Those practitioners who have secured multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary professional accreditation from the IHBC in line with the institute’s membership criteria, outlined below.

Regardless of your existing qualifications and credentials, the IHBC recommends that anyone interested in IHBC accreditation should start by using our online registration process to apply for Affiliate Membership.

To commence your registration click below:

All membership categories have the right to receive notices such as the IHBC’s ‘NewsBlog’ and Membership Matters, 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 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.

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

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