The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI)

What is The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI)?

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.

Can I apply for Membership through an NVQ?

Yes, achievement of the Pearson Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection provides access to Licentiate or Membership of ICWCI. This Level 6 NVQ is broadly comparable to a Bachelor’s degree in terms of academic value.

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 below) will depend on the outcome of this interview. The interview panel will consider your experience, qualifications and construction knowledge when making this decision.

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

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

  • Licentiate: John Smith LICWCI
  • Member: John Smith MICWCI
  • Fellow: John Smith FICWCI
How long does the application take?

Within approximately six weeks of application, you will be notified of the result of your interview. If you have been successful you will be advised of your election date to the grade of either Licentiate or Member.

Once the election date has passed and you have paid the first subscription fee, the you may use the post-nominal letters (see above) that you have been awarded (i.e. LICWCI or MICWCI).

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 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
How much does it cost?

The initial application fee to join ICWCI is £70.00. Subscriptions are payable annually by 1st January of each year. The (UK) rates for 2022 are:

  • Licentiate: £190.00
  • Member: £190.00
  • Fellow: £195.00

Please click here for more information regarding ICWCI Membership fees

Which NVQs will enable me to apply for MICWCI?

CADUK offer the following NVQs at Level 6 that provide access to the Membership of The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (MICWCI):

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