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Conservation accreditaton

The following organisations contribute to the work of the Edinburgh Group and many operate conservation accreditation schemes:

The CIAT Conservation Register identifies Chartered Architectural Technologists competent in the conservation of historical buildings and their surroundings, as defined and recognised by the Edinburgh Group.

CIAT Accredited Conservationists are recognised by English Heritage, Historic Scotland and The Heritage Lottery fund to act as lead consultants on grant-funded projects.

The IHBC is the professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with connections to the Republic of Ireland. The Institute exists to establish, develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all.

IHBC members come from a range of professional disciplines in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including conservation officers, planners, architects, regeneration practitioners and academics. The work of members varies from overseeing small-scale traditional repairs to managing multi-million pound area regeneration projects.

One of the biggest challenges is how to upgrade and adapt our existing buildings.New build accounts for a small proportion of our overall building stock, so building a sustainable future will also require us to work out how our existing buildings can be made more energy efficient, more profitable for the businesses they serve and more comfortable for their occupants.

Icon is the UK’s leading voice for the conservation of our precious cultural heritage. We raise awareness of the cultural, social and economic value of caring for our heritage and champion high standards of conservation.

Icon is a charity. The support of our members, partners, donors and sponsors is critical to our ability to represent the conservation profession and those who support our aims.

It brings together over three thousand individuals and organisations. Its membership embraces the wider conservation community, incorporating not only professional conservators in all disciplines, but all others who share a commitment to improving understanding of and access to our cultural heritage


The Conservation Accreditation Register for Engineers (CARE) identifies civil and structural engineers skilled in the conservation of historic structures and sites. Members have followed a rigorous approval procedure to confirm an appreciation of disciplines and interests extending well beyond their professional training as engineers and have demonstrated that they are fully conversant with conservation philosophy and methods applied to heritage projects.
AABC is an independent accreditation body established in 1999 for and by skilled conservation architects. The primary purpose of the AABC Register is to protect the historic built environment from damaging interventions devised by people not skilled in historic building conservation and adaptation. It does so by publishing, for the benefit of clients, a register of architects whose work and skills in building conservation have been established by peer assessment moderated by a lay assessor representing the client.
Welcome to the searchable Register of RIBA Conservation Architects. If you are looking to commission work on a heritage building, you will need an architect with specific skills and experience. Our register of specialists encompasses all aspects of historic building conservation, repair and maintenance. The Register has three levels of membership.

Specialist Conservation Architect (SCA) Able to demonstrate authoritative knowledge of conservation practice, principles and philosophy, and to contribute to development of conservation standards.
Conservation Architect (CA) Able to demonstrate depth of understanding of conservation practice, principles and philosophy, and to guide and take responsibility for others whilst understanding when further specialist guidance is required.
Conservation Registrant (CR) Able to demonstrate good working and background knowledge of key aspects of conservation practice, principles and philosophy, and to understand when guidance or supervision is required.

The Building Conservation Accreditation is recognised and respected throughout the industry as promoting good practice and standards.

The accreditation provides a register of experts with experience and knowledge in the field of conservation of historic buildings or sites. Professionals listed on the register can demonstrate to clients and employers that they work to the highest standards in building conservation. Many organisations employ, and work with, those listed on the register as it provides them with quality assurance and confidence that they are working with experienced building conservation specialists.

Since 1985, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland has offered accreditation in building conservation to its members as a means of meeting the requirements of funding bodies, employers and clients. Accreditation confirms that these practitioners are suitably qualified and experienced to act as the lead professional in conservation work.

Accreditation ensures that all RIAS members have a route by which they can demonstrate their extensive knowledge and experience in conservation work. It also demonstrates their personal competence to administer grant aided conservation schemes and provides a forum for conservation specific continuing professional development (CPD).

The RTPI promotes sustainable communities where the historic environment is carefully complemented by newer buildings, helping to define and retain a unique character for every community.