The Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) award of Fellowship status has been recognised as comparable to a Master’s degree.
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The designation by UK qualifications agency NARIC applies to those attaining the status from November 2018 onwards.
NARIC is the National Agency responsible for providing information, advice and opinion on academic, vocational and professional qualifications from around the world.
The designation comes as the CIOB has opened a new pathway to Fellowship for those who are not CIOB Members.
Now, Fellowship is available to non-members who can demonstrate effective leadership of people, leadership within organisations and a contribution to the improvement of the sector.
Ros Thorpe, the CIOB’s Associate Director of Education and Standards, said of the revised Fellowship process: "The intention behind the changes was to better highlight the leadership qualities candidates have developed and make sure the standard is keeping up with the needs of the construction industry in the 21st century.
"I also hope it encourages more candidates to go for Fellowship in the middle of their careers, really demonstrating their skills and the value of their roles."
Denis Leonard, head of integrated management systems at construction company Graham, and among the first to be awarded the Fellowship under the revised process, said: "Achieving FCIOB was very significant to me. It was a watershed moment in my career and, after years of hard work, it felt like I had reached the pinnacle of my profession.
"Earning the Fellowship made me reflect on my career, particularly the steps it took me to achieve this prestigious qualification. Ultimately, FCIOB is proof of my professional credentials. It provides assurance to my colleagues and our clients of the experience, qualifications, competence, professionalism and leadership that I bring to my work."
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