Welcome to CBCS

Advance your career.

Our specialised courses and training sessions are run by established experts in the field, founded on the value of practical hands-on experience and the application of the latest conservation philosophy, knowledge, technology and professional skills.

Experience is everything.  The best decision-making and the best advice for your client is based on having had the experience first so that you can relate to the context of any given situation.

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Starting early summer 2024

Level 6 Diploma – Building Surveying, with Direct Entry to AssocRICS


A new career awaits you.  Study with us and you will be eligible for the professional Associate membership of RICS – AssocRICS –  on the prestigious Building Surveying pathway.   You’ll be able to apply for a new job, seek promotion or even start your own business straightaway.

This course is perfect for those who want to do surveys of residential, commercial and industrial buildings as well as being able to work in property development, building conservation and heritage or on construction projects.

You will be taught by established industry experts, most of whom are RICS APC Assessors on the Building Surveying pathway.   Your training will include practical experience at a variety of buildings which is essential to becoming a confident and competent RICS Building Surveyor.

24 month programme.  3 start dates each year.  Must have at least two years relevant experience or be currently employed in a relevant job.  Hybrid learning – online, classroom and practical site visits and tasks.

Full details and how to apply will soon be available but you can register your interest now by sending an email to..:   duncan@cbcstudies.com

Starting later in 2024 – currently awaiting confirmation of the End Point Assessment Organisation

Level 5 Apprenticeship – Heritage Construction Specialist

This is a brand new Apprenticeship opportunity for those employed in the heritage sector.

Level 5 Apprenticeship – Heritage Construction Specialist

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a range of clients, colleagues and stakeholders in the public, private and third sectors, within organisations of any size. Heritage Construction Specialists might work alone or as a more senior member of a small team. They may oversee or coordinate other personnel or subcontractors and will sometimes work with other heritage professionals, such as a conservation officer, surveyor or architect, to develop the detailed conservation solutions for adapting older buildings and structures.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for assessing the condition of historic and traditional structures; understanding the significance and history of the buildings and structures they work on; conserving and enhancing the fabric of a building or structures according to its significance, performance characteristics and condition; integration of new systems (for example electrical, mechanical) into heritage buildings; creating recommendations and construction work plans, contributing to the costing and conducting of construction work to appropriate professional and conservation standards; liaising with specialist contractors, stakeholders and clients; documenting their work to appropriate conservation standards; communicating their work to the public. They need to be able to work alone or as part of a team, and make decisions about work plans for themselves and others.

24 month programme.  3 start dates each year.  Must be in current relevant employment.  Online with site based practical tasks and learning.

Contact me now to express your interest by sending an email to..:  duncan@cbcstudies.com


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“Duncans understanding of the pathology of old buildings is impeccable, no question was left unanswered. If you want to learn about conservation surveying then you need to spend a day with Duncan!”

Toni  |  AssocRICS Residential Surveyor


“What an enjoyable day! Duncan’s enthusiasm kept us all riveted. The inspection of the property was fabulous. I came away from the day with my head buzzing with new information and ideas.”

Andy  |  AssocRICS Residential Surveyor


“Duncan’s training has changed the way that I see Listed and historic properties, and enhanced my approach to my work. It was fantastic to benefit from his vast expertise and contagious enthusiasm”

Rebecca  |  Trainee Residential Surveyor

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Buckminster Fuller, American Architect