About ICM

Brief History of ICM

The earliest record of an organisation representing construction site supervisors and now part of the Institute of Construction Management is that of the London Provident Association of Builders Foremen and Clerks of Works, founded in 1842.
Their prime objectives were to improve the knowledge and status of their members and to provide pensions and other financial aid for those with poor health etc. (This being before the days of national financial assistance).
Although some records were lost during enemy action in World War 2, it is known that the National Federation of Builders Foremen and Clerks of Works was formed in 1920, from a group of local Associations including those from Birmingham, Bristol, Sheffield, London and the London Provident.
By 1949, Associations had been formed in many town and county areas of the country and many had joined the National Federation, within which, a Northern and a Southern Region was eventually introduced to improve administration.
In the 1960’s the London Association resigned from the National Federation to become the Institute of Building Site Management and after a short period of time merged with the I.O.B. as the Site Management section.
During 1972 The National Federation set up a Joint Management Committee from its Association delegates to discuss and to formulate policies for its future and in 1974 the London Provident Institution and the National Federation of Builders Foremen and Clerks of Works decided to become the Institute of Construction Management.
The Institute of Construction Management became inaugurated in 1978 and marked the occasion with an Inaugural Dinner at the House of Commons hosted by Marcus Fox MP, one of the Institute Governors.
Associations that were part of the original Federation became ‘Chapters’ (currently Regions) of the Institute with each having one or more delegates to represent them at national level and there is a Centre for Overseas Membership.
The Regions each have a programme of lectures and visits to construction sites of particular interest. Most of these events carry training and education time awards, allowing members to achieve their Continuing Professional Development (C.P.D.) requirements within the Institute. Records of C.P.D. progress are held at Regional and Institute Offices.
Discussion at such events must result in a valuable exchange of information to the mutual benefit of its members.
For those who enjoy social activities, Regions and The Institute organise the opportunity to engage in activities such as the Annual Rally, Ladies Evenings, Skittles, Annual Weekend Caravan Rally, Barbecues and Christmas Parties etc.

Welcome to the Institute of Construction Management, a professional organisation with objects to advance knowledge and best practice in the sphere of construction management, promote the profession of construction management, to provide a central organisation for the profession and to provide an information service in all areas to its members.

All members of the construction management team are welcomed and range from students to managing directors, site supervisors to senior project managers, engineers of all persuasions, educationalists and trainers to all surveyors, artisans to designers, demolition engineers to planners etc.

We operate an open door policy that offers a place for everyone in the profession to one of 5 main grades of membership, namely:-

  • Student – is a person studying for management position within the construction industry
  • Technician – is an individual who is in a junior supervisory role within the construction industry and/or advanced crafts person with at least NVQ level 2 or equivalent
  • Associate – is a member who is in middle management with daily responsibilities for the delivery of construction related services with at least an NVQ level 3 or equivalent
  • Member – is a member who is likely to be in senior management position with major responsibilities for delivery of major projects and has achieved at least NVQ  level 4 or equivalent
  • Fellow – is a member who has been awarded the highest accolade the Institute can bestow for significant services to the Institute and/or the construction industry, as agreed by the Committee of Fellows within the Institute and be older than 40 years of age.

Progression through the grades is dependent upon meeting the requirements of the next grade and satisfying the Executive Council of the Institute.

For those reaching retirement age, a concessionary Retirement grade is available with Life membership automatically awarded to members over 80 years of age, with free membership thereafter.

The Institute is organised into 6 regions:-

  • Northern & Scottish
  • Midlands
  • Welsh
  • South West
  • South East
  • Southern and an overseas secretariat covering 14 countries worldwide.

Members gain many benefits with the Institute. These include:-

  • Professional & competency recognition
  • Designatory letters after their name & a membership certificate
    • Student (StudIConstM)
    • Technician (TIConstM)
    • Associate (AIConstM)
    • Member (MIConstM)
    • Fellow (FIConstM)
  •  Networking opportunities with likeminded practitioners
  • An information resource & communications hub via our website
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD) lectures & presentations at their assigned region
  • A strong voice for the profession
  • Local and national newsletters keeping members informed
  • A full social calendar with many varied events held locally and nationally
  • A benevolent fund to support those experiencing hardship
  • Experience gained in holding an institute office
  • Lifelong friendships

As a member you would be expected to maintain the high standards expected of our members as described in the Code of Professional Conduct and Institute Rules.

All personal information held is subject to the Data Protection Act and is not shared with any third parties.

The process for joining the Institute is relatively simple and follows the course outlined below:-

  1. Complete an application form;
  2. Submit the application form, copied certificates & CV and £25 application fee to the Director of Membership;
  3. A professional interview may be considered necessary;
  4. Offer of a membership grade;
  5. Payment of the annual membership fee for the particular grade; and
  6. Award and welcome pack for membership to the Institute.

There are also 2 grades of membership for the corporate body namely:-

  • Trade Support Member (TSM) - who will be a smaller local or regional business that is invited to membership by the Regional Management Committee. This may be in recognition for services rendered to the region e.g. trade or technical lectures at member meetings. An annual fee will be charged.
  • Affiliated Company Member (ACM) – is a larger company operating as a multi regional, national and/or international who has satisfied the requirements of the Executive Council. The main object for this membership is to demonstrate a professional organisation operating within the construction industry. An annual fee will be charged.

Both of these memberships will be expected to have Institute members in senior positions within the company.