The very first CIOB Academy building conservation course took place in London this week and will be the first of many with dates set for next year. Developed by Edwards Hart Director John Edwards, the course is based around the ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) training and education guidelines and UK National Occupational Standards in the care and understanding of traditional buildings. The two-day course covers a broad range of issues but most importantly it covers ‘significance’ and each participant will undertake a significance analysis and a heritage impact assessment. Speaking at the end of this first course John Edwards said: ‘This course is for anyone working with traditional or historic buildings and in this first one we had mainstream consultants, builders, someone from the National Trust and a couple from BRE attend this first course’. The course is also part of the forthcoming CIOB building conservation certification scheme, but is also stand alone. The dates for 2017 have just been released and these are: 13th and 14th March, 31st May and 1st June, 19th and 20th September and the 14th and 15th November with all courses taking place in London and bookings now being taken. Visit the CIOB Academy for more information.