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Professional Associations for the Heritage Sector

Joining a professional association is a good way to demonstrate your commitment to good practice in the sector, not only to your peers but also to potential employers or clients. Membership also provides learning and career development opportunities.

The associations listed here all:

  • Set minimum levels of competence for membership
  • Validate membership applications through examination of candidates' experience and knowledge
  • Require members to follow a code of practice
  • Make sure that members carry out agreed levels of continuing professional development (CPD)

Professional associations' contact information

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)
SHES, The University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 227, Reading RG6 6AB.
Tel 0118 378 6446

Institute of Historic Building Conservation
IHBC, Jubilee House, High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6HA.
Tel 01747 873133

Royal Institute of British Architects
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD.
Tel: 020 7580 5533

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
397 City Road, London EC1V 1NH.
Tel: 020 7278 2206

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
CIBSE, 222 Balham High Road, London SW12 9BS
Tel: 020 8675 5211

Institute of Conservation
ICON, 1.5 Lafone House, The Leathermarket, Weston Street, London SE1 3ER.
Tel: 020 3142 6786

Chartered Institute of Horticulture
Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 4RQ.
Tel: 01992 707025

Institution of Civil Engineers
ICE, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA.
Tel: 020 7222 7722

Institution of Structural Engineers
IStructE, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London EC1V 3PS.
Tel: 020 7235 4535

Landscape Institute
Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London, WC1N 2JU,
Tel: 020 7685 2640

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
RICS, Parliament Square, London SW1P 3AD.
Tel: 0870 333 1600

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