The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers received its Royal Charter in 1976. It is the professional body that exists to:
‘support the Science, Art and Practice of building services engineering, by providing our members and the public with first class information and education services and promoting the spirit of fellowship which guides our work.'
CIBSE promotes the career of building services engineers by accrediting courses of study in further and higher education, by approving workbased training programmes and providing routes to full professional Registration and Membership, including Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer and Engineering Technician. Once you are qualified, CIBSE offers you a range of services, all focussed on maintaining and enhancing professional excellence throughout your career.
CIBSE is the standard setter and authority on building services engineering. It publishes Guidance and Codes which are internationally recognised as authoritative, and sets the criteria for best practice in the profession.
The Institution speaks for the profession and so is consulted by government on matters relating to construction, engineering and sustainability. It is represented on major bodies and organisations which govern construction and engineering occupations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Buildings account for almost 50% of damaging carbon emissions, yet innovative services design can bring dramatic improvements in energy efficiency. Our members continue to create the most environmentally friendly systems in major projects across the globe.
Members belong to a global network of professional support and expertise. They receive the monthly CIBSE Journal and regular email newsletters, to keep them abreast of breaking news and new opportunities. A full programme of meetings and events each year offers hundreds of opportunities for members to meet and learn from colleagues and experts, to explore new ideas and take part in continuing professional development (CPD).
Student and Graduate members can benefit from bursaries to help pay tuition fees, and advice which is tailored to their specific needs, aimed at obtaining Registered status in the shortest possible time.
The Institution is organised on a regional basis - there are 16 regions in the UK and 3 overseas, in the Republic of Ireland, Australia & New Zealand, and Hong Kong with CIBSE members in 87 countries outside the UK. There are country representatives in Sri Lanka, UAE and mainland China and a new one to be appointed in Qatar. We work in partnership with other professional bodies, construction and engineering firms worldwide.
The names of Groups and Societies within CIBSE give some idea of the scope of building services careers: