Professional support

Below is a list of bodies within the construction industry that work with their membership to improve performance and assurance of outcome.  


This includes trade bodies, national major contractor bodies and professional institutions supporting the industry. and organisations that provide services and guidance for the industry, including clients.

Trade Associations
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The National Federation of Builders has an online tool which enables you to find a quality builder who specialises in the type of work you need. 

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The Federation of Master Builders has a strict vetting procedure and independent inspections of its members provide credible proof that they are among Britain’s best builders. 
Find a builder & 

Working with your builder.

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The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group exclusively represents the interests of specialist contractors across the UK, providing high-level, coordinated representation for engineering specialists working in the construction industry in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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The Civil Engineering Contractors Association is a United Kingdom construction organisation. Headquartered in London, it was established in November 1996 to represent the interests of civil engineering contractors

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The Scottish Building Federation was originally established in 1895 to represent the interests of employers working in the Scottish building industry and to foster cooperation amongst its members on the basis of  shared ideals, collective needs and collaborative business practices.

Professional Bodies
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CIAT is the lead qualifying body for Architectural Technology. Chartered Architectural Technologists are qualified to offer design services and manage projects from inception to completion. They lead the technological design of a project; forming the link between concept, innovation and realisation.

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The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a professional membership body that government and industry listen to while providing unrivalled support to our 92,000 civil engineer members.

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The Chartered Institute of Builders is a sponsoring partner of the client buddy scheme and is the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. 


The Royal Institution of British Architects provides access to architects or client advisers, depending on the nature of your requirements.

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The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the global professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

Industry support service providers and sources of guidance
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provide clear guidance which sets out the responsibilities and obligations of domestic or 

commercial clients and a short guide in the form of a leaflet 'Need building work done'.

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Started in 1997, the Considerate Constructors Scheme was set up by the construction industry to improve its image through the registration of construction activity. The Scheme is a non-profit-making, independent organisation founded by the industry, recommended by local authorities, the government, main contractors and major industry clients



The construction industry, including leading clients, supports the Construction Skills Certification Scheme CSCS, and all clients, irrespective of size, are encouraged to insist on a fully CSCS-carded workforce.

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TrustMark is the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme covering work a consumer chooses to have carried out in or around their home.

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The Association for Project Safety ensures professionals in construction have the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and training to make Britain’s buildings safer.

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ARB was established by Parliament in 1997 to regulate the architects’ profession in the UK. They are an independent, public interest body and their work in regulating architects ensures that good standards within the profession are consistently maintained for the benefit of the public and architects alike.

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Construction Industry Training Board is the industry's training board and a partner in the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry in England, Scotland and Wales. It's their job to work with industry to encourage training, which helps build a safe, professional and fully qualified workforce.

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