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Conservation Register

The CIAT Conservation Accreditation Register identiļ¬es Chartered Architectural Technologists competent in the conservation of historical buildings and their surroundings. 
CIAT’s Conservation Accreditation Scheme is recognised by Historic England, Historic Scotland, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and The Heritage Lottery fund for its members to act as lead consultants on grant/fund aided projects.  
Chartered Architectural Technologists submitting for accreditation as a Conservationist must demonstrate competence against the fourteen skills identified by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and defined within the ICOMOS Education and Training Guidelines.
Assessment of suitability to be placed upon the CIAT Conservation Register will be determined based upon a technical assessment of a candidate’s portfolio followed by a formal interview, again based upon the submitted portfolio. CIAT will inform candidates of the outcome of his/her portfolio assessment and the interview will be arranged for a mutually convenient time thereafter.

A useful resource for understanding the conservation accreditation process is

To apply as a CIAT-Accredited Conservationist or CIAT-Recognised Conservationist (non-practising), please download the application form below:

  Application form for CIAT-Accredited Conservationist/CIAT-Recognised Conservationist

The Conservation Register Scheme Handbook and Conservation Register Candidate Guidance Notes can be downloaded below:

  Conservation Register Scheme Handbook

  Conservation Register Candidate Guidance Notes

English Heritage has published a major document, Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance, that sets out for the first time the fundamental propositions that serve as the foundation for the way the organisation engages with every aspect of the historic environment. To download your copy please visit

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has established the need for a common approach to education and training for built environment conservation professionals. ICOMOS has published their Education and Training Guidelines suggesting the skills outlined in the scheme handbook being necessary to act as a conservation specialist. To read the ICOMOS guidelines, please visit: 
Please note, the accreditation is for individuals and not for the practice or groups.  The evidence produced should be derived from the applicant.  Please refer to the guidance for further information.

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