What is the Chartered Association of Building Engineers?

Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) is the leading body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of buildings.

CABE was formed in 1925 as the Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors (IAAS), becoming the Association of Building Engineers in 1993. After being granted a Royal Charter at the end of 2013 the Association changed its name to Chartered Association of Building Engineer (CABE).

The principal objectives of CABE are to promote and advance the knowledge, study and practice of building technology, planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of the built environment.

How can I become a member (MCABE) through an NVQ?

The CABE recognises that other professional bodies may have similar standards of membership and, where appropriate, professionals may be considered for membership by direct entry to the Association, based upon recognition of another professional body by the CABE.

In short, achievement of a Construction Managerial NVQ at Level 6 or 7 provides access to Membership of The Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB). This Membership is recognised by The CABE and provides access to Membership of The CABE through the Direct Entry Route.

Can my business become a CABE member?

Membership of the Association is on an individual basis, however it is possible for organisations, companies and partnerships to become Training Affiliate or Academic Affiliate members of the CABE.

The Association does not regulate the practices of these organisations but members who work in these affiliate organisations must comply with the code of professional conduct.

Where can I find out more about The CABE?

More information about The CABE can be found on their website by clicking here.

Why join the CABE?

Professional membership will provide you with a qualification that is recognised across the industry. You will have the opportunity to make valuable professional contacts and receive professional recognition from your peers. You will have access to a wealth of useful information related to the industry through networking events, seminars, conferences and a range of printed and online resources.

Discounted business services including office supplies, hotels, car hire.
Discounted business insurance rates.
Legal support ranging from corporate and commercial law to intellectual property and disputes.
Ensure you are ahead of the competition when applying for jobs and reaching out for promotion
Promote yourself on the Building Engineer Register allowing the public to search for you.
Access to networking events to build your network of contacts and share best practice.
Attend training courses and seminars to develop your knowledge as a part of your continuing professional development (CPD).

Please note: the range of benefits available may depend on the level of membership held.

The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)

What post-nominal letters can I use after my name?

Members and Fellows of The Chartered Association of Building Engineers are eligible to use the following post-nominal letters after their name:

  • Member: John Smith C.Build E MCABE
  • Fellow: John Smith C.Build E FCABE

Can becoming MCABE enhance my career opportunities?

Qualified members of the Association of Building Engineers will have a level of competence which has been assessed and accepted against rigorous standards. Building Engineers are qualified to deal with a range of matters relating to the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of buildings and will often specialise in key areas within Building Engineering, whilst maintaining an understanding of all aspects of the profession

Members of the CABE are bound by a Code of Professional Conduct and must operate in an ethical manner.

Where is the qualification Building Engineer recognised?

The qualification of Building Engineer is recognised throughout the industry and is one of the primary qualifications for careers such as Building Control.

Members qualified in the field of Building Surveying and Valuation are recognised by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. In the Republic of Ireland where the occupational titles ‘Architect, Building Surveyor and Quantity Surveyor’ are protected by law, CABE members are recognised in the legislation and are able to register to use these titles.

In many areas of Building Engineering such as Fire Risk Assessment, Energy Assessment and Access Auditing there is a requirement in legislation for competent persons to be appointed to carry out these roles and CABE members qualified in these areas would be considered competent.

Which NVQs provide access to Membership of The CABE?

CADUK offer the following NVQs at Level 6 & 7 that provide access to Membership of The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Membership of The CIOB (MCIOB) provides access to Membership of The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (MCABE) through the Direct Entry Route:

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