CIOB Chartered Membership Programme

The Chartered Membership Programme (CMP) is a route to MCIOB for individuals with significant experience. It enhances practical skills with a knowledge based programme.

The CMP was previously known as the Experienced Practitioner Assessed programme (EPA). Typically, those enrolling on the programme will have worked in a management role for five years. However, the programme is also suitable for a wide range of technical and specialist professionals working in the construction industry. The programme also forms a progression route to MCIOB for candidates who have completed the CIOB Site Management Programmes.

The modules are delivered through the CIOB’s Moodle-based virtual learning platform, with one open book online examination being marked by the CIOB examiners.

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Course introduction

This programme is designed for candidates seeking to progress to MCIOB and who have 5 years’ experience in a management role in the construction industry. The programme is also suitable for a wide range of construction technical and specialist professionals.

Why study this course?

  • A supported route to chartered membership
  • A structured learning programme
  • Guidance and support for the Professional Review application
  • Assessment is through a practical on-line exam over an extended period
  • Improve your marketability and job prospects
  • You can access information at a time and place convenient to you without any interruption to your day-to-day employment
  • Study online at your convenience

Following a structured programme prescribed by the CIOB, you will be provided with online activities and study materials to prepare you for the CIOB exam and Professional Review. You will be provided with guidance on possible areas of weakness and suggested career development to maximise the potential for you to reach MCIOB.

The programme does not lead to an academic award.

Course summary



1 year (standard)

Time commitment

7 – 10 hours a week for the standard route


£1,495 (plus VAT) for the programme. This includes the Professional Review fee and associated support, but excludes the student ciob membership, registration and examination fees which are payable direct to the CIOB.

Application and start dates:

Course starts

January 2021 (late applicants considered on request)

Entry requirements

If you have five years’ management experience, you may be eligible to undertake this CMP programme, to prepare you for the CIOB exam and Professional Review.

Course outline

This programme comprises four modules as shown below. UCEM will provide video, audio and written materials to support the activity driven learning approach. You will be given access to the UCEM learning materials via the CIOB virtual learning platform. You will also have access to the CIOB professional development events and resources.

Construction technology

Ground engineering techniques and substructure technology, design and installation of building services, superstructure for commercial and multi-storey buildings, principles relating to work on existing structures and fabric, the design process.


Process management in the construction industry, management of resources, planning and scheduling of construction projects, performance management within the construction industry.

Contract and commercial practice

The law in relation to the construction industry, factors which affect the costs of a construction project, pre-and post-contract administrative processes, how work is procured, commercial risks and overall risk management strategies, dispute resolution and avoidance.

Health, safety and the environment

The legal framework underpinning health and safety, actual or anticipated health, safety and environmental risks, sustainable development, environmental concepts and how they apply to organisational strategy and policy formation.

You can study the modules over a six month or one year period dependant on your current level of knowledge and experience. You will be advised on appropriate career development to enhance your experience and counselled on when it is considered your Professional Review application is ready for submission.

Web classes will be provided to help you prepare for the examination.


Each module will contain self-assessment exercises. The programme will be assessed by the CIOB through an open-book, online exam extending over a 10 day period.

The Professional Review forms part of the CMP and is a paper-based assessment of your experience and competence. UCEM will provide support and guidance in preparing your professional review application which will be assessed by the CIOB.