The CIOB Qualification
Developed in 1983, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) construction management courses and Site Supervisory Studies (QCF) module were designed for those candidates aiming for a management or supervisory role in modern construction projects. The CIOB course is a tool for the development of technical knowledge, hands on application and general personal growth.
The successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma qualification will allow eligibility to the Construction Skills Certification Card Scheme (CSCS) which will, in turn, award you with your red trainee card or your graduate accreditation.
The primary aims of the UK CIOB construction courses are to help you to develop the necessary practical skills, knowledge and confidence to apply your expertise to the management of any construction project in a manner of safety, efficiency and effectively.
CIOB Level 3 - Diploma in Site Supervisory Studies (QCF) Syllabus
The syllabus for the Level 3 Diploma in Site Supervisory Studies comprises six units with the average course duration being 12 months. You are advised to allow a minimum of 180 hours total study time, allocating 30 hours per unit.
The six topics covered by the syllabus include:
(1) Planning Building Operations
(2) The Organisation and Controlling of Operations
(3) The Supervision of Safety in the Workplace
(4) Maintaining the Dimensional Accuracy of the Work
(5) Interpersonal Skills/How to Work With People, and
(6) The Development of Skills for Personal and Team Management
All of the units have a weighting of seven credits, and you are compulsorily required to complete all six to be awarded the CIOB Level 3 Diploma.
CIOB Course Options
The CIOB building courses are taught through a combination of classroom based tutorial input and hands on practical assignments. You must be prepared to undertake individual study and coursework in addition to participating in collaborative learning strategies through group work and team problem solving exercises.
Due to the modular nature of the study programme, you have a number of options available including:
• day release courses
• half day study
• evening courses, or
• weekend applications
The most widely used model is a half day construct (16:00-21:00) one day per week for a period of two years, with the occasional requirement of weekend participation.
Assessment Criteria - Level 3 Diploma Course
The assessment is evaluated using the CIOB marking schedule which will be applied to two mandatory assignments based on actual construction projects, which you will be asked to complete.
The four grading levels awarded are:
• 70+ marks, Pass with Distinction
• 56 - 69 marks, Pass with Merit
• 40 - 55 marks, Pass
• 0 - 39 marks, Referral subject to internal moderation
CIOB Evaluation Criteria
Criteria used for evaluation include:
The Achievement of the Task:
How well has the candidate identified the major aspects of the project and how well has he used that information to complete the task?
To what extent has the candidate understood, identified and evaluated the technical aspects of the projects and applied them to the finished model?
How well has the candidate presented the results of the assignment in respect of graphics and visual content, paragraph structure and source referencing?
CIOB Level 3 Diploma Training Course Providers
There are over 30 CIOB approved educational centres across the UK and Ireland, where you can study for the Diploma.
• Barking & Dagenham
• Lincoln, and
• The City College of Plymouth
There are also a number of participating training companies approved for study including Interserve Project Services Ltd of Birmingham and Westacott Management Resources Ltd who have a number of study centres around the UK.
Once you have enrolled with your course provider of choice, you will be eligible to register with the CIOB for Student Membership. This will allow you four years free membership and give you the opportunity to access a number of benefits including the availability of the CIOB Library and Information Services. This provides you with invaluable access to reference material including examples from previous examination assessments. Also you can get information from The Students Handbook, which is published annually and contains all of the relevant advice needed for the successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma.