The Importance of a Professional Body for Construction Companies
If an Accountancy firm is recruiting for an Accountant there will be a very high chance that any applicant will need to be a Chartered Accountant. Having Chartered status illustrates to others that the applicant has the necessary competence, skills and experience to be recognised as a professional in their chosen discipline.
Likewise if a Civil Engineering firm is recruiting for a Civil Engineer, being a Chartered Civil Engineer puts an applicant at an advantage. The same is the case in other industries whether that is Physiotherapy, Marketing or Insurance – Chartered status is the qualification that separates many applicants from others.
Anyone can call themselves a Builder. The challenge for the Construction Industry is to have a means to identify those individuals working in a management role, who are committed to continuing to develop their understanding of the various fields within the industry and are committed to conducting their work in an ethical manner. This task is being fulfilled by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). It has developed qualifications for people ranging from Construction Management students to experienced practitioners. The titles of ‘Chartered Builder’ and ‘Chartered Construction Manager’ introduced by the CIOB are valuable for construction companies as having staff who are Chartered shows to clients and stakeholders that the company’s most valuable asset – it’s people, are Construction Industry professionals.
Gerard Graham MCIOB is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Building and Procurement Manager for Wilson Construction. He can be contacted on [email protected]