Types of Membership

Corporate Member. Corporate membership is open to builders, specialist contractors, construction consultants, builders' merchants and building component suppliers. Corporate members may use the membership badge or logo on their stationery, sign-boards, vehicles and other promotional or advertising material.

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Personal Member. Personal membership is open to individuals who are actively engaged in the building industry. There are three grades of personal membership:

Associate Membership (AGBC)

This category is a personal membership for those people who have been engaged in the building industry for a minimum period of two years and have either:

1. achieved a recognised building qualification, or

2. been a proprietor, partner or director of a building business, contractor in the building industry, architect, surveyor, engineer or other professional firm for a minimum period of three years, or

3. been employed by a builder, building contractor or other contractor in the building industry for a minimum period of three years, or

4. been employed an architect, surveyor, engineer, other professional firm, Local Authority or similar organisation for a minimum period of three years.

Associate Members may use the letters AGBC after their name.

Membership (MGBC)

This category is also a personal membership for by those people who can demonstrate a high level of proficiency in their chosen field within the building industry and have been engaged in the building industry for a minimum period of five years and have either:

1. achieved a recognised building qualification, or

2. been a proprietor, partner or director of a building business, contractor in the building industry, architect, surveyor, engineer or other professional firm for a minimum period of five years, or

3. been employed in a responsible position by a builder, building contractor or other contractor in the building industry for a minimum period of five years, or

4. been employed in a responsible position by an architect, surveyor, engineer, other professional firm, Local Authority or similar organisation for a minimum period of five years.

Members may use the letters MGBC after their name.

Fellowship (FGBC)

This category is also a personal membership for by those people who can demonstrate a high level of proficiency in their chosen field within the building industry and have been engaged in the building industry for a minimum period of ten years and have either:

1. achieved a recognised building qualification, or

2. been a proprietor, partner or director of a building business, contractor in the building industry, architect, surveyor, engineer or other professional firm for a minimum period of ten years, or

3. been employed in a responsible position by a builder, building contractor or other contractor in the building industry for a minimum period of ten years, or

4. been employed in a responsible position by an architect, surveyor, engineer, other professional firm, Local Authority or similar organisation for a minimum period of ten years.

Fellows may use the letters FGBC after their name.

Trusted Member. Trusted Membership is open to builders, specialist contractors and construction consultants who can satisfy the higher standards required. These standards include more vigorous financial and credit checks, level of insurance cover and additional customer references taken every year. Due diligence checks are carried out every year and membership is only continued if the member maintains the required standard.

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Firms and individuals are invited to apply for membership.  All applicants are required to complete an application form and provide references.  References are always taken up and applicants are only granted membership where the comments made by the referee indicate knowledge, competence and integrity.

Membership Application Forms can be downloaded from pages on this Web Site and sent through the post.  They can also be requested from this Web Site or by telephone, fax or e-mail.  To see current membership joining fees and annual subscriptions details click here.

The Guild of Builders and Contractors are vigilant in following up complaints about existing members and there is an established complaints procedure.  Membership of the Guild of Builders and Contractors can be terminated by the Guild if a member conducts business improperly or dishonorably or in a way which is prejudicial to the interests of other members of the Guild or the building industry generally.