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The benefits of studying a CIOB-accredited engineering degree

By Bryony Robertson

Updated August 17, 2023 Updated August 17, 2023

Sponsored by Applied Science University

Engineering is one of the fastest growing and most in-demand fields today. The construction industry in particular is booming, with global spending projected to reach $15.5 trillion USD by 2030. High demand, competitive salaries, excellent job security, and abundant opportunities for career advancement mean that engineering careers are attracting top talent.

But to maximise your chances of success, you need a solid educational foundation and the right credentials. 

Earning a degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is a game-changer. CIOB accreditation carries significant respect in the industry and can provide a powerful launch pad for your career, opening doors to coveted jobs and leadership roles down the road. When it comes to weighing up your university options, CIOB accreditation deserves serious consideration. 

One of the most recent additions to CIOB’s international accredited institutions is Applied Science University – the first and only university in the Kingdom of Bahrain to receive CIOB accreditation. Two of its degree programmes, the BEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering (Dual Award) and the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Dual Award), offered in partnership with London South Bank University, now carry the CIOB’s mark of distinction. 

So, what exactly is the CIOB and how can its accreditation benefit you? Let’s start with the basics. 

What is the Chartered Institute of Building? 

Established in 1835, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has been a pillar of excellence inthe built environment for almost 200 years, shaping the science and practice of construction. 

Today, the CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body in its field, with over 50,000 members spanning 100+ countries. By fostering a global community united by ethical values, it continues to lay the groundwork for a better world. 

Through its educational programmes, certifications and resources, the CIOB creates skilled, principled construction managers and leaders – professionals who build with sustainability in mind, prioritising strong, eco-friendly communities.

What does CIOB accreditation mean for me?

CIOB accreditation carries serious weight in the construction industry.

According to the CIOB itself, the coveted accreditation is their “seal of approval for the teaching institute, signifying that it reaches the highest standards and will provide you with the skills and knowledge for a career in the global construction industry.”

By graduating from a CIOB-accredited programme, you can feel confident you’ve received a comprehensive and high-quality construction education aligned with international standards of excellence and industry needs. 

What are the benefits of studying on a CIOB-accredited engineering degree?

In areas such as the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region, where the construction industry is growing at a faster pace than anywhere else in the world, there’s an abundance of lucrative and rewarding career opportunities for the right candidates. 

In fact, the surge in industry has highlighted an urgent need for skilled professionals with expertise in areas such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digitisation. 

But to flourish in construction today, you also need strong commercial acumen and the ability to develop innovative strategies for reaching sustainability and net zero goals. Employers are looking for professionals who can balance engineering expertise with business sense, communication skills and a passion for building a greener future. 

Bahrain’s Applied Science University has meticulously aligned their curriculum with CIOB accreditation standards to provide students with a complete portfolio of in-demand skills. 

Through internships, site visits, real-life case studies, and hands-on training with industry-standard tools and software, you’ll have the chance to apply your learning to real-world projects so you’re ready to hit the ground running as soon as you enter the workforce.

Gain industry-relevant training through CIOB accreditation

A dynamic industry requires dynamic training. Thanks to CIOB's vigilant industry monitoring and connections, accredited engineering programmes deliver the agile expertise demanded from today’s construction professionals around the world. 

Universities work closely with the CIOB to shape their teaching, integrating insights from industry leaders on the latest best practices and demands, equipping students with expertise in emerging technologies, tools and methodologies.

Through simulations, case studies and site visits, you'll tackle the challenges contractors and engineers face in the real world, gaining the knowledge and hands-on experience that immediately transfers into the workplace. And when your skills align with real construction needs, opportunities flourish.

Access world-class resources through CIOB Student Membership

During your studies, you’ll benefit from CIOB Student Membership, gaining insider access to an extensive array of resources, enriching your education and giving you the tools to succeed in engineering and architecture roles. 

Deepen your knowledge of key areas – from contracts and safety to BIM and sustainability – with free access to the CIOB’s vast online library, which is filled with industry-specific reports, books, magazines and academic journals. 

Stay up-to-date on innovations and global best practices with free or discounted access to continuous professional development (CPD) events and materials, setting you up with the skills and strategies for immediate impact, and success long after you graduate.

Build your professional network through CIOB student events

As a CIOB student member, you’ll gain access to a calendar packed with events to connect you to the right people. We're talking site visits, recruitment fairs, awards ceremonies –  countless opportunities every year to engage with established practitioners in your field. Don't underestimate the value of putting faces to names early in your career.

Top universities also actively collaborate with their regional CIOB chapter. A prime example of this is the Applied Science University, which maintains strong ties with CIOB's MENA and Bahrain hubs. Long before receiving CIOB accreditation, ASU focused on spearheading initiatives and forging connections throughout Bahrain and the Gulf region. Now, thanks to its accreditation, the university has affirmed its place as a leading institution for developing the next generation of construction pioneers.  

It’s fair to say that studying a CIOB-accredited engineering degree is a smart move if you’re keen to build a career in construction. With the CIOB seal of approval, you’ll gain real-world expertise, insider access and global credibility to elevate your potential in this dynamic industry.

This article was originally published in August 2023 .

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