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The mark of the conservation professional

The IHBC ‘recognises’ organisations for their ability and consistency in producing training, seminars, and events that are capable of contributing to the obligatory CPD requirements of a Full Member of the Institute. For full details see Recognition Guidance. If your organisation would like to sign up to become a Recognised CPD Provider please complete the online form to apply.

Find upcoming CPD opportunities presented by these organisations on the
IHBC Events Calendar, or sign up to receive the CPD Circular which is an ‘open-access’ part of the IHBC Membership Benefits package.


IHBC's recognised CPD providers

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    Aberdeen City Heritage Trust is a Limited Company and Scottish Charity whose mission is to better understand, conserve and promote the historic built environment in Aberdeen City.

    Amongst its activities it provides lectures and training with particular focus on National Maintenance Week and its Aberdeen Heritage Lectures (established in 2019).

    The Trust recognises the support of Historic Environment Scotland and Aberdeen City Council

    Specialist Lead:
    Douglas Campbell

    Full details

  • Antiqu Bronze logo

    Do You Work Alongside Bronze Features? Would You Like To Broaden Your Knowledge of Bronze Conservation?

    Learn the principles of bronze conservation in Bronze Behaving Badly, an online course for managers, custodians and contractors.

    The course is taught by accredited bronze conservator, Lucy Branch MA ACR, who has more than two decades of experience working on bronze in historic buildings.

    The format of the course makes it easy to add CPD learning into your week. Each unit can be accessed at your desktop, is short and easy to fit in between other commitments during a working day.

    Specialist lead:
    Lucy Branch
    Tel: 07970072611
    Email: lucy@antiquebronze.co.uk

    Full details

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    Through its programme of meetings, lectures and visits and its annual conference, ASCHB provides a forum for the exchange of ideas between professionals and academics with a specialist knowledge of and interest in historic buildings and the historic environment. Our membership includes some of the leading exponents in their fields and is very interdisciplinary. Architects, archaeologists, historians, conservation officers, town planners, structural, civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, surveyors, conservators and project managers number amongst them. We encourage members at the outset of their career who are students on postgraduate courses to join ASCHB as well as experienced practitioners.

    Jackie Heath
    Tel: 020 76315291
    Email: Jackie.Heath@ramboll.co.uk

    Full details

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    Boniface Enterprises provides Building Conservation coaching services on a 1-2-1 or small group basis. A training outline has been created, called The Three Ps of Building Conservation. Coaching can follow this outline or be made bespoke to an individual's requirements.

    The aim of the coaching is to develop knowledge and provide support enabling the individual to gain confidence in their daily work. This coaching can supplement formal academic training.

    Alongside the coaching service Boniface Enterprises has created an online membership community - The Three Ps of Building Conservation Community.

    Please email for more details.

    Specialist lead:
    Stephen Boniface
    Tel: 07836795474
    Email: stephen.boniface.enterprises@gmail.com

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    The Building Limes Forum exists to encourage expertise and understanding in the appropriate use of building limes and education in the standards of production, preparation, application and after-care. The Building Limes Forum is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation with over 350 members in the UK and overseas, the majority being actively concerned with the repair of historic buildings or in the use of lime in new build.
    IHBC Members get BLF members' rates for BLF events. This may be a discount or reduced rate for early booking.

    Rosemary Mann
    Tel: 01315 571856


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    Founded by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in 1893, the Building Crafts College has a long tradition of delivering high quality education and training in building crafts and building conservation.

    The student population of the College is diverse and courses span a wide range of opportunity from a basic level through to a degree in historic building conservation.

    The emphasis the College is to give all students the opportunity to reach their full potential and expectations of students are high. There is a constant focus on delivering skills and producing work of high quality for students at all levels.

    Graham Lee
    07971 655692



  • Carringto Lime Heritage Skills Training logo

    carringtonLIME Heritage Skills Training provides hands on training in a range of traditional building skills. Our students include homeowners, professionals, students and tradespeople.

    Courses include Lime Plastering, Lime Pointing, Hot Lime, Strawbale builds, Breathable paints. New courses titles are added each year.

    Ben Kerslake
    01452 762029 info@carringtonlime.co.uk


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    Practical Heritage skills shown by Qualified stone masons. We provide workshops as a mason would assess and carry out his daily tasks with a sympathetic approach to the listed built environment.

    Nathan Morrow
    028 2884 1067

    IHBC Members get a 10% discount


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    The Centre for Building Conservation Studies provides a fresh and totally up-to-date selection of courses and training dedicated to the heritage sector. This ranges from informative, essential and helpfully created CPD through to Level 3 and Level 7 (Masters) courses in Historic Building Conservation. New training courses will be made available periodically. Specifically relevant to IHBC members are courses that cover the eight core competencies. CBCS intends to become a hub for the provision of conservation training and will link to other education providers worldwide.

    Duncan Philips
    07711 680812


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    The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) is the national charity protecting historic churches ‘at risk’. Our Regeneration team delivers imaginative new uses for churches within the care of the CCT and beyond. We have experience across a range of sectors including community regeneration, planning, social enterprise, historic conservation, site interpretation and project management. Our regeneration process is applicable to any context involving the development of sensitive sites.

    We also offer bespoke CPD workshops in community-led regeneration, helping equip heritage professionals with the broad understanding and practical tools to deliver more sustainable projects. For more information please contact: consultancy@thecct.org.uk

    Full details

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    The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management and leadership career in the built environment.

    We are the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.

    Its Academy delivers high quality courses to develop and enhance key practical skills of construction professionals across the globe.

    IHBC Members 15% Discount available on the following courses:
    Understanding Building Conservation
    Project Management and Supervision: Historic and Traditional Buildings
    Energy Efficient Retrofit

    Andrea Haralambides


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    UCEM helps to enhance Built Environment careers through its accredited property and construction-related programmes at Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Apprenticeship levels.

    Through our supported online education programmes we make your study accessible from wherever you are, flexible to the pace you wish to study and a cost-effective route to chartered status.

    Full details

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    Formed in 1959, the Council's 21st century Objectives are to advance the education and training of all those involved in the protection and preservation of the historic environment that is of cultural, architectural or historical value, and to provide knowledge in support of training and education in the arts and skills required to protect and preserve it. To advance conservation education and training and support its knowledge base, COTAC adopts an integrated lay, craft, specialist and professional approach, whilst engaging with a wide range of interested parties to achieve its aims.

    Graham Lee
    Tel: 020 8522 1705


  • Cliveden Conservatiion logo

    Cliveden Conservation is a leading expert in the conservation of stone, plaster, wallpaintings and the decorative arts. We pride ourselves on our extensive experience and position as a leader in our industry, with long standing relationships with some of the UK’s most prestigious clients.

    Our Introduction to Traditional Lime provides delegates with a comprehensive overview of traditional lime, a demonstration of materials and a practical hands-on workshop. This is the first in a series of CPDs currently being developed by Cliveden Conservation and can be tailored to meet specific needs.

    Contact: Laura Pomanajackson
    01628 604721 

    Full details

  • Commonwealth Heritage Forum logo

    The Commonwealth Heritage Forum is delighted to invite you to join season two of Continuing Professional Development for built environment professionals, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP), the Commonwealth Engineers Council (CEC) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA).

    The programme aims to facilitate knowledge exchange, to help promote mutual understanding and greater awareness of issues related to climate change and rapid urbanisation together with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While targeted at qualified built environment professionals, we hope that season two will be of interest to all including policymakers, city leaders and students.

    Francis Maude
    07824 542731 

    Full details

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    CPD essentials in association with the extremely knowledgeable Kevin Stubbs provides one day courses in historic buildings which are relevant to anyone working in this field and provide excellent value for money. Seminars take place across the UK, often based inside some of our greatest historic buildings.

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    Docomomo UK campaigns to raise awareness of the ideas and heritage of modern movement buildings, landscape and urban design, and we work to conserve significant works from this period. We organize regular events that examine the history of the period and conservation issues related to protecting modern buildings.

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    It can be difficult to find authentic traditional products for restoration projects. This CPD takes you into a unique Brick and Tile Works in the Midlands which began operating in 1805, to show you how Dreadnought Tiles and Ketley Brick use traditional firing techniques and expertise developed over their 200 years to produce a wide range of authentic clay building products. Come and engage with our craftsmen at work and see how traditional methods, passed down through generations, combine with the latest technology to produce genuine Staffordshire products manufactured to the highest environmental and quality standards.

    Specialist Lead - Alex Patrick-Smith alex@dreadnought-tiles.co.uk
    Administrative Lead - Ashleigh Moss ashleigh.moss@dreadnought-tiles.co.uk

    Full details

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    A series of lectures covering a number of conservation issues, offering an opportunity to learn more about, and debate, philosophical, practical, legislative and technical matters.

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    Lime in Building Conservation. Allow attendees to gain an insight into the use of lime mortars, plasters and renders in building conservation work

    Roger Shroff
    07789 208117


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    The highly regarded Architectural Conservation programme at Edinburgh College of Art is over forty years old - the longest established architectural conservation course in the UK. The multi-disciplinary programme draws in postgraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds. The teaching combines the academic skills of international conservation scholarship and research with strong practical links to government and voluntary heritage bodies - all within the stimulating environment of a thriving school of architecture.

    Academic Registry Edinburgh College of Art Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9DF Scotland United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0)131 221 6027
    Click here for details

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    Edinburgh World Heritage is an independent charity that aims to ensure the city’s World Heritage status benefits everyone. We want to connect people to their heritage in everything we do – through the conservation of historic buildings, delivering improvements to public places, or engaging people directly through education.

    We offer a number of CPD events throughout the year; see the website for more details.


    Specialist Lead: Krzysztof Chuchra 0131 220 7720 krzysztofjanchuchra@ewht.org.uk

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    2-day Energy Efficiency and Retrofit of Traditional Buildings course with a qualification

    The Environment Study Centre (ESC), improves skills and knowledge through training and education and is the only organisation training individuals to obtain a recognised qualification in energy efficiency and retrofit of traditional and historic buildings. It is the most credible organisation in the delivery of retrofit training with a track record in research and qualification development. ESC has delivered retrofit training in partnership with a range of organisations including CITB, the FMB and the National Trust. In the past three years hundreds have achieved this qualification.


    Administrative Lead: Sally Edwards 07971291113 sally@environmentstudycentre.org

  • Fife Historic Buildings Trust logo

    Fife Historic Buildings Trust (FHBT) is an independent charity, making heritage live in Fife, Scotland. Established for over 20 years, the Trust has a strong track record of delivering creative, people-centred, conservation-led projects. FHBT works closely with Fife Council to deliver transformative area-based CARS/TH schemes.

    The Trust offers high quality training opportunities, for a variety of audiences including professionals. These are often associated with live projects, offering insights to overcoming conservation challenges, disseminating commissioned research, or sharing acknowledged best practice. Thanks to funder support and to promote accessibility, many events are subsidised.

    Emma Griffiths
    01592 725145

    Full details

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    Frew Conservation deliver historic building conservation and traditional building skills training, working in partnership with a respected craftspeople and consultants.

    We design, manage, facilitate and deliver tailored training, education and events for a wide range of built environment and heritage organisations.

    Craig Frew
    01592 774488

    Full details

  • Glasgow City Heritage Trust logo

    Glasgow City Heritage Trust is an independent charity supported by Glasgow City Council and Historic Environment Scotland. Established in 2007, we champion the city’s unique architecture and built environment and promote and encourage the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Glasgow’s historic buildings for the benefit of the city’s communities and its visitors, now and in the future.

    Click here for details

  • Green Register logo

    The Green Register is an independent, self-funded and not-for-profit company that trains construction professionals from all disciplines of the industry to build better, more sustainable buildings. Whether you are interested in a new home, improving your workplace, or any other types of building, by sharing our passions and knowledge of energy, health, wellbeing, land use, materials, waste and water we can support you to reduce your building's impact on the environment.

    We cover all aspects of sustainable building practices from healthy buildings, passivhaus and retrofitting older buildings to technical training sessions on the management of heat, moisture and air tightness.

    Lucy Pedler

    Full details

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    Heritage Craft Alliance is an accredited training and assessment provider dedicated to our built heritage. Our center is based on the Thorp Perrow Estate, Bedale in the heart of North Yorkshire. From here we deliver historic building conservation and traditional building skills training and assessment to support all aspects of heritage work in the historic built environment.

    Our Centre offers a wide range of course type and levels offering craftspeople, conservationists, supervisors & managers the opportunity to gain skills with us here or through Onsite Assessment and Training (OSAT) to suit each candidate. Improve your skills with a range of courses in masonry, lime mortars & plasters, brickwork, conservation/restoration techniques, roof slating & tiling and traditional carpentry. All of our courses are overseen by a fantastic team of renowned tutors and craftspeople who are experts within their chosen fields. Bespoke courses can also be developed to suit your needs plus we have onsite accommodation to cater for those who may need to travel.

    Full details

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    Heritage Lincolnshire is a local charity working to conserve the rich history of the County for the benefit of people who live and work in the area. Through our work within the county and beyond we provide a range of activities, events, courses and training opportunities through the delivery of funded projects and to achieve our charitable objects.

    All CPD opportunities we provide are publicised through our website and social media. Many of our courses are free or have a small charge.

    Kate Piman
    The Old School House Cameron Street
    Heckington, Lincolnshire NG34 9RW
    United Kingdom

    01529 461499

    Click here for details

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    The Heritage Skills HUB is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, set up to promote and support Traditional Building Skills to all those who care for traditional buildings (usually, but not limited to, those built before 1919) with a focus on the English Midlands

    Click here for details

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    The Heritage Skills Initiative was set up to promote and raise awareness of heritage skills and subsequently provide practical opportunities for training and hands on opportunities. All courses and events are recognised by the IHBC as providing the CPD requirements of a full member, and the training courses may provide evidence towards the new NVQ3 in Heritage Skills and CSCS heritage cards.

    Click here for details

  • Historic England logo

    Historic England provides three training programs of relevance to IHBC members:

    • Our Essentials foundation training creates a base level of historic environment management knowledge and skills for non-heritage professionals or career-entry heritage professionals within local authorities.
    • Our HELM training provides advice and practical tools to further understanding of heritage issues, enabling people to make decisions which enhance and protect our heritage for future generations.
    • Our Heritage Practice training provides heritage professionals with the opportunity to enhance their practical, technical and specialist knowledge and skills, to increase understanding of heritage assets and inform management of change.

    Click here for details

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    The Engine Shed is Scotland’s building conservation centre located in Stirling, run by Historic Environment Scotland. It promotes education and understanding of the historic built environment and associated skills and materials.

    The Centre is a hub of knowledge, education and research. There is a full programme of courses, seminars and events at a range of technical levels. An outreach and education programme is available for schools, community groups and the public.

    There are also interactive handling boxes, digital interaction, exhibitions and education films.
    Entry is free and it is open daily Monday to Saturday 10am till 4pm

    Elizabeth McGrath

    Click here for details

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    The Historic Towns and Villages Forum has been supporting professionals and communities to manage change in historic places for more than 30 years. Our events and guidance range from the preservation and adaptation of heritage assets to planning new infrastructure and development.

    Louise Thomas 

    Click here for details

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    Ian Hume offers courses, usually a day or two in length, which will be useful to conservation professionals and craftspeople wishing to understand more about how buildings work, structural failures and what minimal structural interventions can be applied.

    Seminar topics include the philosophy of conservation from an engineering viewpoint, how structures work and why they sometimes fail, scaffolding, temporary works, structural monitoring, load testing, floor loadings and various methods of minimal intervention into buildings and structures constructed from a variety of materials and ages. Copiously illustrated lectures are supported by case studies and a substantial handout is available.

    Full details (PDF)

    Contact: Ian Hume, 37 Skiddaw Close, White Court, Braintree, Essex CM77 7UR United Kingdom
    Telephone: 01376 33 07 33
    Email: ianesther.hume@gmail.com

  • Imperial Handmade Bricks logo

    Sourcing bricks to match those found in conservation areas and in historic or period properties can prove to be a difficult task.

    Our seminars address this by offering practical guidance on selecting the right brick for your project.

    We will guide you through traditional brick manufacturing methods, how to recognise brick characteristics, brick regionality, address common problems and examine practical case studies.

    Tel: 01952 750816

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  • Imperial Handmade Bricks logo

    The history of English architecture is intertwined with the use of clay tiles with varying periods of popularity. This free of charge CPD looks at the roots of traditional heritage roofing and then moves forward to consider the modern day challenges associated with heritage roofing and product selection. The course highlights how designers can recognise potential issues and minimise the risk of damage associated with heritage roofing.

    • History
    • Making roof tiles
    • Traditional areas
    • Handmade tiles
    • Specials and one off productions
    • Second hand
    • Good roofing practice
    • Workmanship
    • Ventilation
    • Specification
    CPD Free of charge to all

    Kerry Hewson
    Tel: 07395712107

    Click here for full details

  • Landmark Trust logo

    The Landmark Trust looks after over 200 historic buildings. Each has been restored with appropriate care, craft and attention to its historic detail. Once restored they are let out for short holidays. Our ability to restore historic buildings and keep them in good repair depends on the survival of traditional craft skills employed using age-old materials. At active project sites, we run training sessions for professionals, work experience opportunities for students, volunteer days and encourage our contractors to support new apprentices.

    Kasia Howard
    Tel: +447751643852

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    ‘Conservation of Historic Gardens’ is an online course, offered by Learning with Experts as 4 video tutorials. The course delivers both an outline and a deeper philosophical and practical approach to managing change in heritage landscapes. It teaches the philosophy of conservation, exploring the concepts of restoration, recreation and replicas. A full range of resources and techniques are discussed for researching sites, which is essential to understanding heritage context. Participants prepare a Statement of Significance, which defines why a heritage site is worthy of conservation, identifies its vulnerabilities, and underpins how it should be managed. Strategies are taught that support a sensitive and considered response to the many forms of change that threaten historic gardens.

    Each tutorial is accompanied by an assignment that participants complete with the support of the tutor, and with the opportunity to chat with fellow classmates through a virtual classroom.

    Further details

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    In partnership with Historic England the University of Leicester has developed a project to deliver practical, technical and specialist skills for heritage professionals to meet the skills gaps identified within the sector.

    We offer a series of training and CPD courses which will enhance your practical skills and address those key areas which will help you develop your knowledge and your career prospects as well as bridging the skills gaps within the sector.

    Click here for details

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    Mike Wye & Associates are passionate about sustainable and environmentally conscious construction.

    Ryan Stojic


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    The NHIG was established in 2009 to improve standards in the heritage ironwork sector. We promote good conservation practice and high standards of craftsmanship in order to safeguard the survival and integrity of the nation’s historic ironwork. We do his by running courses and disseminating information & guidance through downloads and publications.

    Aimed at professionals and craftspeople, this National Heritage Ironwork Group Continued Professional Development course is an introduction to the conservation of ironwork. Delegates will learn the basic principles of assessing historic ironwork in situ and make decisions about its care. Tender procedures often require the commissioner of the work to have knowledge of the medium in order to procure the best value. We are offering you this knowledge with lecturers designed to equip those wishing to commission work on listed ironwork, whether architects, surveyors or conservation professionals with information they will find essential in the writing of specifications. To book a place on this course please download our booking form and, once completed, return it to us with full payment.

    Click here for details

  • National Heritage Training Group logo

    At the National Heritage Training Group we’re firmly committed to the benefits of education and training, both to help individuals reach their own potential and to help businesses gain the skilled, competent workers they need to operate safely, legally and profitably.

    To support these goals, we offer a wide range of different specialist courses aimed at everyone involved in the heritage building sector. From taster sessions and day courses right through to NVQs, foundation degrees and beyond, there’s a wealth of education and training we can either pay for, deliver ourselves or help you get access to.

    Click here for details

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    Offering courses for over a decade in timber framing, carpentry, conservation & restoration theory, wattle and daub, lime pointing and plastering, green woodwork, natural paints, earth construction. Focussing on preserving the built heritage of East Anglia. Tutors from the local heritage business sector. Community projects ongoing and much interaction with the contemporary eco build movement.

    Sarah Partridge


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    Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece was built three hundred years ago as the Royal Hospital for Seamen, a refuge for injured and impoverished sailors of the Royal Navy. In 1998 the ORNC took over the management of the site with the aim to conserve it for present and future generations, and to provide full access including a year round programme of events and learning activities exploring the architecture and conservation on site.

    For example, Architecture for All - A series of talks

    The future of the Thames
    Living on the River
    Building by the River
    Working on the River

    Further details

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    Leading provider of cpd for the historic environment sector for over 30 years, welcoming 200 plus professionals on our programme every year. All courses are developed with and taught by leading practices and practitioners and link to the National Occupational Standards.

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    Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust is a registered independent Scottish charity established in 1988. Our vision is a Perth and Kinross that values, embraces and enhances the economic, social and environmental benefits of its historic environment.

    Our emphasis is on a high quality approach, realising our vision and objectives through the development and delivery of projects, grants administration, information & advice provision, and a programme of outreach, learning & training activities.

    Supporting the sectoral skills base through delivering training is a key priority for the Trust and offering quality CPD is one way in which we are doing that.

    Full details

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    Place Services runs a wide range of CPD and practical courses include lectures, workshops, conferences and hands-on courses. Topics vary annually and aim to educate professionals in the technical and practical issues involved in the care of historic buildings and the wider historic environment. All of the course tutors are leading experts in their fields.

    Kate Wilde
    03330 137 120

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    RSK is a specialist environmental, health and safety consultancy delivering industry-leading services and guidance to its customers. The range of services we provide to our customers reflects the breadth of RSK expertise, and CPD sessions are designed to share that body of knowledge. Of special interest to IHBC members will be our programme of presentations covering the investigations of historic structures.

    We know that investigations of historic buildings may be required for a variety of reasons, but especially in advance of planned repairs or reconstruction. On-site condition surveys can be supported by material sampling and laboratory analysis to describe the condition of the existing building fabric, to characterise the materials used, and to identify any present and emergent degradation mechanisms. Our CPD sessions for historic structures will explain how scientific approaches to historic building investigations can inform sensible and effective preservation programmes.

    Specialist Lead: Jennifer Murgatroyd +44 (0)7587 038022 JMurgatroyd@rsk.co.uk

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    The Scottish Civic Trust is the national body for the civic movement in Scotland. It engages proactively with local civic groups across Scotland and regularly comments and campaigns for the improvement of Scotland's individual buildings and areas of distinction. The Trust seeks to encourage active interest in all aspects of the built historic environment. It liaises with many organisations, bodies and individuals in the pursuit of its objectives. It remains an important champion of Scotland's places.

    The Trust’s Local Heritage Management project aims to support local civic trusts and other bodies, organisations and individuals in developing a greater awareness and appreciation of Scotland's heritage though building their capacity to participate in the effective use of the built heritage resource, either in a regulatory context or in strategies for greater respect and understanding.

    For more info please contact us at sct@scottishcivictrust.org.uk or 0141 221 1466 or visit www.scottishcivictrust.org.uk

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    The Scottish Lime Centre Trust has been providing specialist advice and training for the conservation and repair of Scotland's built heritage for nearly 25 years, since its inception in 1994.

    A centre of excellence for traditional building skills, the Scottish Lime Centre Trust offers a comprehensive training and education programme ranging from 1 day hands-on workshops to longer courses that can lead to the attainment of National Vocational Qualifications in Masonry Conservation.

    We also offer bespoke training solutions for the construction industry, with ‘onsite’ training becoming more popular as learning is carried out with minimal downtime.

    All IHBC members receive 20% discount on all of our courses.

    Contact: training@scotlime.org


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    The Scottish Traditional Building Forum is made up of a network of local traditional building forums with representatives across the supply chain in Scotland. The forums have local representation who work together to raise the profile of specific issues relating to traditional buildings and building practices and work together to address these.

    The Scottish Traditional Building Forum is concerned with the lack of awareness of property owners regarding the condition of their building and the wide ranging guidance offered to property owners in undertaking these repairs. Following a series of reports highlighting current poor condition of many properties in Scotland it is looking to raise the profile of the need to address this issue.


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    The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) offers a wide range of events, courses, lectures and seminars for building professionals and students looking to widen or develop their knowledge and practical skills.

    Maggie Goodall


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    The course focuses on developing the unique business and management skills required for practitioners in the industry. It has a strong element of practical work based learning opportunities and projects provided by relevant organisations from the public, private and not for profit heritage sectors.

    Most importantly, the course has been designed so that it can be accessed flexibly around employment or other commitments. It is delivered in study blocks, enabling students nationally and internationally to access individual modules spread through the year, by attending concentrated taught sessions and engaging with online tutorial support for ongoing discussion and assessment completion. Individual modules can also be taken by students who want to enhance their business skills via continuing professional development. The course leader can advise students on options available, module delivery dates and structure.

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    The STBA aims to develop policy, guidance and training to minimise risks and maximise benefits to traditional buildings and their owners with a focus on five key areas:

    • The health of the occupant.
    • The health and durability of the building fabric.
    • The energy consumption attributed to the building/occupant.
    • The impact on our communities and culture.
    • The impact on the natural environment
    To achieve this we have a number of specific objectives:
    • Understanding and quantifying the actual, as opposed to theoretical or modelled, performance of traditional buildings regarding energy and carbon use, resource efficiency and health effects.
    • Understanding and quantifying the benefits of well-informed maintenance and repair as a means of contributing to optimum building performance and sustainability
    • Measuring the relative risks and benefits of small and large-scale retrofit activities, including the potential unintended consequences.
    • Considering broader options for improving the sustainability of traditional buildings including appropriate use, changes in human behaviour and energy supply options, and quantifying the benefits and risks of these in comparison with fabric focused solutions.
    • Increasing understanding in all parts of the construction industry, general public and in government regarding the optimal approaches to traditional buildings.
    • Integrating this knowledge into skills and training programmes for built environment professionals and craft operatives alike.
    Peter Draper
    07929 529384

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  • TDR Heritage Ltd logo

    We are an HESPR accredited practice with expertise in understanding and interpreting historic buildings and places, and making them relevant to local communities.

    Our specialist training is run by fully accredited members of IHBC, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and the Association of Heritage Interpretation. We offer bespoke training for businesses, projects and communities and we are developing the following range of specialist practical and theory based training:

    'Reading' historic buildings: how to describe them & their development
    How to research your historic site
    Designing and delivering community engagement events and activities
    Interpreting heritage assets
    Planning and delivering Area Based Schemes

    IHBC members discount

    Vicky Hunns
    Tel: 07505495725
    Email: victoria.hunns@tdrheritage.co.uk

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  • The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) logo

    The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) has served as Britain’s national society promoting the study and conservation of tiles and architectural ceramics since 1981. An international membership of individuals, collectors and institutions is drawn from the fields of tile museums, conservation, manufacturing (both industrial and craft), architecture and design. The TACS Events Programme regularly visits places of ceramic significance, many of which are not normally open to the public, and organises events of interest to professionals. Its membership also includes experts who frequently give talks to other organisations in the museums and conservation sector.

    Abigail Brown

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    The Traditional Building Skills Company is a rural business providing training for the heritage construction industry.

    Various studies have shown that most building contractors working on pre-1919 building sin the UK, do not possess the necessary knowledge, skills and experience. This leads to inappropriate work and materials being used, much to the detriment of those properties.

    We are dedicated to providing high quality heritage skills training and have teamed up with national organisations such as The Stone Federation, The Institute of Carpenters and the National Heritage Training Group to deliver these programmes.

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    The Traditional Paint Forum is interested in the influences, personalities and circumstances that gave rise to particular decorative schemes in an architectural context.
    Very importantly, we also believe the only way informed judgements can be made about the significance and future of existing or lost schemes is to also understand what materials were used to create them and how they were executed. The ‘why’ is not the whole story …’how’ can be just as vital!

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    The Twentieth Century Society provides educational events and training as part of its remit to conserve and increase knowledge and understanding of buildings and design from 1914 onwards. These include lectures, workshops and conferences and encompass heritage and conservation issues.
    Training and events are delivered by experienced architectural historians, conservation experts and architects.

    Full details

  • Tywi Centre logo

    The Tywi Centre is a traditional building skills training and education centre and a CITB approved training organisation in Llandeilo, Wales.

    Over the last 10 years we have built up a UK wide reputation for being experts in supporting the protection of historic buildings through delivering training, education and information by experienced and knowledgeable tutors to all custodians of old, pre-1919 building. This includes, but isn’t restricted to, Listed Buildings.

    Our range of training extends everyone with an interest in the care and repair of historic buildings, including architects, surveyors, planning agents, building contractors, local authority officers and homeowners.

    Nell Hellier 
    01558 824271 

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  • Victorian Society logo

    The Victorian Society is a national amenity society and the only charity dedicated to championing Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales. The Society's respected series of lectures are now online and supplemented by talks on various topics of interest. Its interesting and affordable events are given by respected speakers such as Victorian Society Chair Hilary Grainger, Rosemary Hill and Michael Hall.

    Joe O'Donnell

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  • Ty Mawr logo

    Run a series of one day courses and on-site training days on all aspects of the use of lime, some accredited by the University of Wales. Course tutors are highly regarded in in both the fields of historic building conservation and lime technology.

    See www.lime.org.uk

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    The English Heritage-validated programme of three-day Building Conservation Masterclasses (BCMs) at West Dean provides training in technical and practical skills in the repair and maintenance of historic structures. These intensive short courses have been designed by, and are delivered by, leading practitioners in the field of building conservation. The unique ruinette – on which students can practise conservation and repair techniques – is a purpose-built structure exhibiting many of the problems found on historic buildings.

    Further details:

    Professional Development Diploma
    This is awarded in recognition of the successful completion of 10 of the BCMs and the submission of a final 3,000 word essay.

    For further information, please contact the CPD Coordinator at West Dean College – Tel: 01243 818232 or E-mail

    IHBC members can apply for a 10% discount (course fees only). The code to use is IHB010

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    Conservation courses which bring together both the understanding of the process of looking after our built heritage and the application of the necessary skills, in an interactive learning environment.

    • Delivered by specialist staff with extensive conservation experience
    • Enable the application of new skills and knowledge immediately
    • Up-to-date
    • Designed for those working in both public and private sectors

    For full details and information on fees and booking, please Click here or contact the Short Course Unit on 0117 32 83210 or by email to FET.shortcourses@uwe.ac.uk

  • World Heritage UK logo

    World Heritage UK (WHUK) works with and on behalf of all the UK’s World Heritage Sites, across all four home nations and overseas territories, supporting the Sites with decades of strategic and operational World Heritage experience.

    WHUK's main strategic objectives are advocacy, promotion and professional development. WHUK delivers events through the year (in-person, online and hybrid) that explore specific themes that might be of interest to those in the heritage field.

    Full details

    Alex McCoskrie
    Tel: +447585971749

  • University of Yorl logo

    Postgraduate Diploma in Parish Church Studies: History, Heritage and Fabric

    The postgraduate diploma in Parish Church Studies offers a unique opportunity to gain detailed and practical knowledge of the history, use, care and conservation of parish churches. The online format offers you the opportunity to study in your own home and somewhat at your own pace, extensively supported by an expert in the field, and learning as part of an active online community.

    The only course of this type in Britain, the diploma enables those wishing to enhance their understanding of local sites of importance in order to develop new areas of expertise or those involved in the design and implementation of conservation techniques. It is equally valuable for lay staff, volunteers and those simply with a general interest in the parish landscape.

    The programme starts in late September/early October, concurrent with each new academic year – places are limited to ensure a constructive atmosphere for discussions.

    This is a two-year, part-time, postgraduate-level programme delivered wholly online in a fully-supported learning environment. Students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after successful completion of the first year if their circumstances change.

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  • Urban Vision logo

    Experienced trainers, delivering informed, accessible, stimulating heritage CPD, based on extensive experience at national and local levels. We believe that conservation practice should be a creative, problem-solving and place-making activity.

    Subjects include: conservation professional practice; heritage law and policy; planning for heritage; heritage-led economic development and regeneration; understanding context; community and stakeholder engagement and consultation; neighbourood plans.

    Training is available for groups or individuals and can be delivered on-line. We train professionals, elected members, communities and others with an interest in conservation. Our clients include professional bodies, national membership bodies, local authorities, town and parish
    councils and community organisations.

    Caron Colbert info@uvecic.co.uk

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    We tailor our training packages to the clients's needs and budget, with competitive rates for IHBC members and community organisations.

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