Who we are

The CICV is made up of the following 29 trade and professional bodies. Click on a name to find out more.

Association of Brickwork Contractors (ABC)

The Association of Brickwork Contractors (ABC) is a trade body representing the largest specialist brickwork contractors across the UK. Its core focus is to protect and support the role of the bricklayer, and to equally sustain the influence that the brickwork contractor has at the design and build stages of construction. It does this by advancing and setting sector standards in the key areas of health and safety, employment, training and assessment, and quality assurance.

Association of Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)

The ACE champions infrastructure to government and other stakeholders, representing the views of around 430 members. Its members employ over 60,000 in UK and 250,000 worldwide, contributing more than £15 billion to the UK economy.

British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA)

The BCSA is the national organisation for the steel construction industry. There are three categories of membership: Steelwork Contractor Members, Industry Members and Corporate Members.

Build Scotland

Build Scotland supports the industry to adopt more effective ways of working to deliver better project outcomes.

Building Engineering Services Association (BESA)

The Building Engineering Services Association is the UK’s leading trade organisation for building engineering services contractors – representing the interests of firms active in the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance, control and management of engineering systems and services in buildings.

Builders Merchants Federation (BMF)

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is the only organisation that represents and protects the interests of builders merchants, plumbing, heating, roofing, decorative and timber merchants and their suppliers in the UK and Ireland. As the authoritative voice for the building materials distribution sector, it conveys the views and issues that face merchants and suppliers, to the widest possible audience.

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)

The CIAT is a dynamic, forward-thinking and inclusive global membership qualifying body for architectural technology.

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

The CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. It has a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and has been doing that since 1834. Its members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.

Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE)

Founded in 1906, CIPHE is the professional body for the UK plumbing and heating industry and is made up of practitioners, consultants, specifiers, designers, public health engineers, lecturers, trainers and trainees. CIPHE has a membership of over 7,000, including over 150 manufacturers and distributors, with the majority of members living in the UK, although over 1,000 are resident in Hong Kong. CIPHE is a member of the Construction Industry Council and a licensed member of the Engineering Council (UK).

Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES)

The CICES is the leading professional body for specialists in geospatial engineering and commercial management in infrastructure. CICES is an internationally renowned centre of excellence in the art and science of civil engineering surveying to serve the public and satisfy the needs of the construction industry worldwide. CICES began in 1969 as the Association of Surveyors in Civil Engineering, was incorporated in 1972, and received a royal charter in 2009. It is a registered educational charity.

Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA)

CPA is the UK’s principal point of contact for all issues relating to use of construction plant. CPA works with government departments and agencies, local authorities, construction clients, private companies, other trade associations, and third-sector organisations.

Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA)

Founded in 1914, the EDA is the trade association for electrical wholesale distributors in the UK. The EDA supports and represents UK wholesalers, who join as Members, with Affiliated Membership open to manufacturers and service providers.

Federation of Master Builders (FMB)

The Federation of Master Builders is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry, representing thousands of firms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, the FMB is an independent, non-profit organisation, lobbying for members’ interests at both the national and local level.

Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS)

The FIS is the not-for-profit representative body for the £10 billion finishes and interiors sector in the UK. The organisation exists to support its members, improve safety, minimise risk, enhance productivity and drive innovation in the sector.

Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA)

LEIA is the trade association and advisory body for the lift and escalator industry, formed in 1997 by the merging of two long-standing associations with a history dating back to 1932. With a membership covering some 85% of the lift and escalator industry, LEIA represents a single voice for the sector.

National Association of Shopfitters (NAS)

The NAS was established in 1919. Having celebrated its centenary, the NAS introduced a new mission to promote, support and develop its members as well as the shopfitting, fitout, and interior contracting sector more broadly. The NAS delivers on this mission through representation, benefits, advice, research and training. Operating as a not-for-profit, the NAS believes the value of membership should be greater than the cost.

National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC)

NFDC is the longest-established and only trade body representing the UK demolition industry. NFDC has championed industry standards and promoted the value of using accredited demolition contractors for 80 years. NFDC counts some of the biggest names in demolition amongst its membership of 150 demolition contractors and 90 industry service providers, and is committed to further enhancing its position as the trusted authority and go-to resource for everything demolition.

National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC)

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited is the UK’s largest roofing trade association. With a history spanning over 125 years, NFRC has established itself as the voice of the roofing industry, constantly adapting to change and innovation to ensure its members are at the forefront.

Resource Management Association Scotland (RMAS)

The RMAS is a not-for-profit, non-political membership organisation for micro, small and medium-sized resource management companies operating in Scotland. We actively represent and support our members, aiming to ensure they are well informed and that priority issues, risks and opportunities are communicated and represented effectively to government, its various agencies, the commercial sector and the public. The RMAS is also open to larger companies with a wider portfolio but with waste and reprocessing activities of a similar scale to the SME sector.

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) was founded in 1916 as the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland and is the foremost Institute in the country dealing with architecture and the built environment.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

RICS is the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction.

Scaffolding Association

The Scaffolding Organisation is the largest trade organisation in the UK scaffolding and access sector, campaigning to raise standards of safety, quality and workforce skills.

Scottish Building Federation (SBF)

The SBF was established in 1895 to represent the interests of employers working in the Scottish building industry and to foster cooperation among its members on the basis of shared ideals, collective needs and collaborative business practices. More than 120 years later, SBF adheres to those same founding principles and continues to represent the interests and aspirations of construction employers located throughout the length and breadth of Scotland

Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA)

The SPOA is a trade association whose members are all interested in the business of owning and hiring plant used in the UK Construction Industry. The SPOA has in excess of 250 member businesses.

Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA)

Established in 1992, the trade association’s mission is to achieve growth and sustainability in all sectors of the single ply roofing industry by raising the awareness of single ply technology, its value and ensuring manufacturing and installation standards remain high.


Founded in 1900, SELECT is the trade association for the electrical contracting industry in Scotland. As Scotland’s largest trade association, it has around 1,250 member firms employing 15,000 professionals and 3,500 apprentices. SELECT is committed to both training and the regulation of the electrical industry.


Established in 1923, the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation is the trade association for plumbing and heating businesses based in Scotland and Northern Ireland. SNIPEF has just over 750 member firms employing over 3,500 plumbers and 700 plumbing apprentices.

Stone Federation (GB)

Stone Federation is the official trade association for the natural stone industry. The Federation co-ordinates all aspects of the industry and provides specifiers and users with a first point of contact for information, advice and guidance in sourcing an appropriate material and a reliable service.

Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA)

TICA is the sole UK trade association representing contractors involved in the application of hot and cold thermal insulation.