West Dean College’s building conservation courses are recognised by Historic England.
West Dean College's building conservation masterclass courses, including the Professional Development Diploma, have been developed in collaboration with Historic England and adhere to its guidelines and standards aimed at improving practice. All the courses are recognised by Historic England and are the result of an ongoing collaboration that began in 1997.
Historic England advises the government on the protection of the historic environment, its primary aim being the conservation of England’s historic areas, sites, buildings and monuments. It supports the development of the skills needed so that the historic environment is understood, protected and managed effectively.
In addition, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has recognised a number of West Dean's courses as RIBA CPD through its RIBA Advanced CPD Service. The relevant courses are worth double points to RIBA members. The Professional Development Diploma is part of this programme and qualifies as a Conservation Training Course for entry to the RIBA Conservation Register.
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) has approved West Dean as one of its official CPD providers.
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) approves West Dean’s building conservation courses, many of which are eligible for CITB grants.
Many Institute of Conservation (Icon) members find that West Dean courses are an invaluable contribution towards meeting the learning objectives they set themselves as part of the process of continuing professional development.