Opportunities available | CIAT's Technical Standards Taskforce and National Standards Authority of Ireland

If you are involved in both using and writing standards, why not join CIAT's Technical Standards Taskforce? If you're based in the Republic of Ireland, there is also the opportunity to become a member of an NSAI Technical Committee.

CIAT is pleased to be involved in the development and improvement of standards and guidance which relate to the built environment, using our Technical Standards Taskforce (TSTF) to facilitate this work effectively.

As with any professional body, the expertise and knowledge on these groups comes from its membership. TSTF Members currently represent the Institute on several British Standards committees and are involved in various other standardisation activities. To further the Institute's influence and its ability to effect change, we would be interested to hear from Members who are involved in both using and writing standards as to whether they would like to join TSTF. 

TSTF currently consists of Members based all over the UK, and we are especially keen to encourage Members based in the Republic of Ireland to join, to reflect the breadth of our Institute. 

Involvement in TSTF ensures CIAT's continued engagement and contribution to changes and developments within the built environment, as well as the wider built environment. It also helps Members fulfil their annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements as outlined in our Code of Conduct.

CIAT's involvement in standards has been noticed, and as such we have been approached by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), Ireland's National Standards Body, in terms of NSAI facilitating members of CIAT, resident or working in Ireland, to participate in standards development activities as a member of an NSAI Technical Committee in the construction sector.

NSAI Standards function to develop, publish, and promote standards that facilitate trade and provide the basis for technical regulation. NSAI is the National Standards Body (NSB) member of the European (CEN, CENELEC, ETSI) and international (ISO, IEC) standards organisations and represent Irish interests in the work of these organisations. The construction sector also requires national or 'indigenous' standards to support local regulations, provide national guidance to international standards and to address local issues which NSAI also facilitate. 

Through engagement with NSAI, we are aiming to ensure that Members who work in Ireland are offered the opportunity to not only be a part of the Institute's Taskforce but are also provided the opportunity to consider participating in standards development at national or international level as a member of an NSAI Technical Committee.

You can find information on NSAI's Technical Bodies, how these groups are established and managed, how membership of these groups is selected, as well as the NSAI Standards Development Manual for committee members here. You can also access the NSAI Learning Centre and FAQs for new Committee Members. The NSAI Standards Technical Committee (TC) annual reports also provide further information on the aims and objectives of this Authority. 

If you wish to become a member of CIAT's Technical Standards Taskforce, please contact Graham Chalkley, Assistant Practice Director, at [email protected] for an Expression of Interest form. Once this form has been received, it will be reviewed by the TSTF Chairs' Group of this Taskforce.

Although TSTF currently consists of Chartered Members, we will also be happy to hear from any affiliates who both use and write standards and who may wish to be involved in this Taskforce in a corresponding capacity whilst they progress to Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT status, so please do contact us for an Expression of Interest form. 

Please indicate if you would be interested in being considered for NSAI's Technical Bodies so that we can forward a link to apply with them. NSAI will then contact you to discuss your application and standards development areas of interest. 

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