Online course in Business & Management

Construction Ethics and Compliance

Find out how to stay ethical, compliant and professional in the construction industry, with this free online course from the CIOB.

  • Duration 5 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Extra benefits From $84 Find out more

Why join the course?

Some of the largest construction firms in the world have faced the prospect of multi-million fines for significant breaches of ethics and compliance recently – from bribery and collusion to modern slavery.

Ethics is defined as a set of moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity, but what does that mean for an individual or an organisation working in construction?

Understand the role of ethics and compliance in the construction industry

This free online course will help you to understand the concept of ethics, why they matter, and why being ethical goes deeper than just being compliant and legal.

By the end of the five-week course, you will be able to:

  • explain how ethics and compliance has a tangible impact on your professional role and personal values
  • know why construction companies have policies and procedures, and how they relate to legal requirements and society;
  • apply your company’s policy (or a sample policy) to a real-life ethical dilemma case study;
  • identify conflicts of interest and determine the steps you need to take to minimise their risk;
  • and ensure that your decisions are both ethical and compliant.

Learn with construction ethics experts from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Construction Ethics and Compliance has been developed by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) – the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.

The course will build on the CIOB’s experience of developing people in the science and practice of building, which it has been doing since 1834, as well as its recent work to create an International Standard for Ethics in the Built Environment.

Are you a member of the CIOB? If you are a member preparing for professional review, the topics covered in this course will help you to recognise the things that you do that contribute to professional practice for Section 3 of your application.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Understanding ethics and its definition
  • How values and behaviour drive ethical decision making
  • Values in a global context
  • Being professional and ethical
  • Law and compliance
  • Ethics in organisations
  • Ethics in the context of construction projects
  • Methods for ethical decisions and dilemmas
  • Ethical leadership
  • Conflicts of interest and managing risk

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 20 May 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Define ethics
  • Ethical challenges in the construction industry
  • Methods for decision making when faced with an ethical dilemma
  • Understanding and awareness of personal values
  • Company ethics policy, its key parts, and company values
  • Legal and compliance requirements in construction
  • Professionalism in construction
  • Ethical barriers and how to overcome them
  • Recognising ethical leadership and cultures

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for everyone working in or studying construction. Whatever your level of experience, you will learn something new about ethics and compliance, and recognise your personal ethical standards.

Whether you are site based, in a management, supervisory, procurement or technical role, or a teacher or trainer, this course will help you stay compliant, ethical and professional.

Who will you learn with?

Maria Coulter

I am a Business Coach and Trainer with over 20 years experience in the industry as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Project Manager and Risk Manager prior to starting my own company, Construction Coach.

Adrian Montague

Head of Academy, and looking forward to participating with learners construction related and broader topics of discussion

Carolyn Atherton

Training Coordinator at the CIOB

Who developed the course?

Working with industry and for industry, CIOB Academy helps support your employees on their development paths and make sure your company meets industry demands now and in the future.

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