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​Join the Conservation Register

The RIBA Conservation Register enables those looking to commission work on historic buildings to find architects with the specific skills and experience they require, encompassing all aspects of historic building conservation, repair and maintenance.

The register has three levels of membership, which also provide an incremental process of accreditation for those who are in the early phases of establishing their careers in building conservation. These levels are:

  • Specialist Conservation Architect (SCA)
    A Specialist Conservation Architect has authoritative knowledge of conservation practice and extensive experience of working with historic buildings.
  • Conservation Architect (CA)
    A Conservation Architect has in-depth knowledge and experience of working with historic buildings.
  • Conservation Registrant (CR)
    A Conservation Registrant has an awareness of the issues involved in working with historic buildings and has attended a conservation course approved by the RIBA.

Reaccreditation is required for all three levels every five years; details are on page 18 of the handbook. Please note that only architects registered with ARB UK are eligble to join the RIBA Conservation Register at any level.

The SCA level of the RIBA Conservation Register is equivalent to accreditation on the AABC Register.

Please see the RIBA Conservation Register Handbook for further information.

Call for applications to the register

For SCA and CA applicants the next application round is now open and will close on 30 September 2019.

Please note that applications to join the register at CR level can be made at any time.

Applications for SCA and CA level must include:

  • Detailed CV (max 4 pages)
  • Summary (between 300 - 500 words per dossier) of the effectiveness of your role in the conservation process
  • Demonstration of individual decision-making cross-referred to the ICOMOS guidelines
  • Twelve pages maximum supporting evidence per dossier - this can include relevant extracts from reports, drawings, photographs etc.

Applicants for SCA and CA level can send their application electronically to

If you're submitting your SCA or CA level application by post, you should enclose three hard copies of your application material. Please make sure that these are stapled or loose leaf, not bound.

The application fee for each of the three levels is:

  • SCA - £165 (incl VAT)
  • CA - £130 (incl VAT)
  • CR - £70 (incl VAT)

The annual registration fee for each of the three levels is:

  • SCA - £165 (incl VAT)
  • CA - £130 (incl VAT)
  • CR - £70 (incl VAT)

ARB-registered architects who are not RIBA members will pay an additional annual administration fee of £150 (incl VAT).

If you are interested in applying to join the RIBA Conservation Register please complete the application form.

The application form should be returned by post, with a cheque to cover the relevant application fee, to:

Conservation Registrar
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

Please contact for further information.

Steering group

The RIBA Conservation Register steering group oversees the development and operation of the register, including a transparent application process, assessment and training programme.

Assessment panel

The assessment panel reviews applications for CA and SCA levels.

Recognised courses for the RIBA Conservation Register

Some potential registrants may find that they have insufficient practical experience in conservation work to gain entry at the higher and more experienced SCA or CA levels. They can, however, apply for the entry level as a Conservation Registrant (CR).

The criteria for entry as a CR include the completion of an appropriate conservation training course identified by the RIBA. We recognise a number of courses, the successful completion of which could provide evidence for your application to the Register at CR level. These include:

RIBA-recognised courses meet the following criteria:

  • They are based on the ICOMOS Education and Training Guidelines
  • There is a minimum of 21 hours' structured learning
  • They cover a number of topics required by the RIBA for introductory understanding of conservation work

Evidence must be provided by the course provider that candidates have satisfactorily completed the course. Courses vary in terms of timing and delivery method, so you can choose one that best meets your learning needs, time, budget and style.

Please contact the providers directly for course registration and for any questions on the individual courses.

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