- Course Leaders submit their course syllabus to the Institute for formal recognition. Further details are provided below.
- The syllabus will be assessed in terms of the eight competences required for membership. (Membership page)
- A summary of how those competences are addressed within the syllabus also must be submitted, together with any other relevant supporting information (e.g. membership of IHBC by contributors, etc.)
- Where a course achieves recognition, publicity must clearly reflect the standing of the course with the IHBC, and copies (electronic or otherwise) of all core publicity should be passed to the Director.
We are very keen to support educational initiatives that help in the conservation of historic places, and all applications will be scrutinised and commented on in a constructive manner. Also, we recognise that all of the criteria for full membership cannot be totally reflected in course work, so Course Leaders are encouraged to interpret the competences in terms that appear most appropriate to the course or courses offered. If there are any queries on issues, IHBC is happy to advise, and any such matters should be passed to the Director in the first instance.
As we are reviewing the balance and standards of competences to be expected of students within a course programme, we will not ascribe to any course a guaranteed route to full IHBC membership. However, as our constitution recognises, in considering any application for full membership, special weight will be placed on how the balance of professional experience and educational coursework support the applicant’s competences.
Where competences are not covered within a course to a standard reflecting that required for full membership, then students looking to become Full Members of the IHBC should be made aware of the need to gain those competences outside the course, for example either through their professional experience or suitable complementary training routes, such as CPD. Publicity for recognised courses must reflect the standing of the course as either ‘satisfying all the competences’ or list the specific competences it satisfies in accordance with the guidelines below. Prospective students should be directed to the IHBC web site which will also carry this information. Copies (electronic or otherwise) of core course information should be passed to the Director.