Upgrading of membership

All professional membership applicants are initially awarded Affiliate membership status on a provisional.


THE REQUIRED UPGRADE COMPETENCE LEVEL can be achieved by way of acquiring a proven track record of commitment to CPD participation comprising a combination of work experience, private study, distance learning (currently in the progress of development by the ISSE), attendance at CPD Educational Training Guidance and Qualification events, which range from ISSE Awareness Accreditation event attendance certificate award level (Ofqual competence assessment level 1 or 2) that are available from both the ISSE/IOBH and other authorised organisations to ISSE Specialist Surveyor Accreditation certificate or ISSE/ABBE Diploma level (Ofqual competence assessment level 3, approximately equivalent to “A” level) which entitles holders to display the additional suffix post nominal letters DipSS and ultimately to ISSE Building Pathology/Expert Witness/Dispute Arbitration Accreditation Certificate or ISSE/ABBE Diploma level (Ofqual competence assessment level 6 or 7 [level 6 and 7 approximately equating to Bachelor Degree level and Master Degree level respectively]) which entitles holders to display the additional suffix post nominal letters DipSS (Hons) the level 3 to 7 Certification and Diploma awards being exclusive to the ISSE/IOBH/ABBE partnership.

Once approved, Affiliate members are eligible to apply for the award of a higher grade status. 

Please see our ISSE Membership Structure & Criteria for additional information on upgrading.