What is The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate?

The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI) is the recognised Body for Construction Inspection. The Institute dates back to 1882, with a strong reputation for quality and professionalism.

As a membership organisation they provide a support network of meeting centres, technical advice, publications and events to help keep their members up to date with the ever changing construction industry.

The ICWCI operates Chapters, Meeting Centres and Branches across the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Hong Kong. They also have a membership presence in 18 other countries globally.

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

CADUK are working in partnership with ICWCI to help site inspectors, architectural inspectors and quality inspectors. i.e. those managers who carry out the role of Clerk of Works to become Members of ICWCI through the achievement of a Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection.

At Level 6 this qualification is comparable to a bachelor degree. 

Following receipt of your application, you will be invited to attend an interview, which will be conducted at your local ICWCI Chapter or meeting centre. If you would like further information on what our membership interview entails, please contact ICWCI HQ and ask for the Membership Administrator.

Eligibility for a particular grade of membership (see membership grades here) will depend on the outcome of the interview. The interview panel will consider the candidate’s experience, qualifications and construction knowledge when making this decision.

Within approximately six weeks, the candidate will be notified of the result of their interview and if they have been successful they will be advised of their election date to the grade of either Student, Licentiate or Member. Once their election date has passed and they have paid their first subscription fee, the individual may use the designatory letters they have been awarded (which correspond to the appropriate grade of membership).

The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate
The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate

Why join the ICWCI?

Join the ICWCI and you will become part of a professionally recognised organisation, dedicated to the promotion and projection of those involved in site inspection.

The Institute has a long established, highly recognised status within the construction industry, and the designations MICWCI and FICWCI are accepted as the benchmark of professional recognition and standing.

Further membership benefits include:

Technical advice.
CPD Officer on hand to provide guidance.
Discounts to members seeking professional and indemnity insurance.
Discounted Clerks of Works and Site Inspector Handbook.
Access to networking events.

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

Membership of The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate enables individuals to use the following post-nominal letters after their name:

What makes a competent Clerk of Works?

  • A good general understanding of the specific construction inspection process (in particular around the inspection of materials and workmanship)
  • An understanding of the obligations of all parties (requirements and boundaries)
  • Foresight; i.e. identification of issues/potential issues and the ability to suggest alternative methods or mitigation techniques
  • A focus on quality; promoting right first time initiatives, reducing rework and double handling
  • They are impartial, with a fair, considered and independent approach to ensuring value for money for the client
  • They have an awareness of acceptable standards, benchmarking and identifying non-conformance
  • The ability to produce concise recordings of their findings
  • They will have a professional opinion and make recommendations to alternative approaches and corrective actions
  • Knowledge of construction materials and components, including their use, limitations and possible alternatives
  • An understanding and knowledge of the practical and legal aspects of health and safety

Which NVQs provide access to Membership of The ICWCI?

The following NVQ Diploma at Level 6 provides access to Membership of The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate :

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