Richard Martin V. Katipunan

CBH course participant Richard Martin V. Katipunan from the Philippines

My name is Richard Martin V. Katipunan, and I’m a civil engineer from the Philippines. For the past seven years, I have been working in heritage conservation in my country. I have a keen interest in mathematics and am naturally drawn to analytical thinking. I enjoy brainstorming and problem-solving, which has led me to roles in decision-making, especially when dealing with cultural heritage. My...

Imam Khan Rajabi

CBH course participant Imam Rajabi from Afghanistan

My name is Imam Khan Rajabi, and I am an archaeologist from Afghanistan. I have spent the last ten years working in the excavation, survey, and conservation of jars alongside national and international teams and institutions in Afghanistan. I recently graduated with my second Master’s: a degree in Geography, Spatial Management, and Heritage for International Cooperation from Florence University.

Conservation of Built Heritage course wraps up with ceremony in Rome

Conservation of Built Heritage course wraps up with ceremony in Rome

After ten weeks of intensive learning and exchange, we are wrapping up the Conservation of Built Heritage course (CBH), the first in-person ICCROM course in Rome since the pandemic. Conservation practitioners and decision-makers from 18 countries have spent countless hours in hands-on activities across Italy, from ancient Roman sites to visits in Florence, building their skills and devising ideas...

Germaine Joseph, ICCROM, Conservation of Built Heritage participant from Saint Lucia.

CBH course participant: Germaine Joseph from Saint Lucia

Being aware of current challenges in my sector in the Caribbean, I came to the Course seeking formal training and a deeper understanding of the field of resilience and sustainability of heritage buildings to safeguard our historic buildings against deterioration and, more recently, the effects of climate change.


Halfway through the International Course on Conservation of Built Heritage

The International Course on Conservation of Built Heritage (CBH) is our ongoing educational programme designed to explore the multifaceted nature of heritage preservation. The course mainly focuses on sustainability and a variety of ways it can be achieved in heritage conservation practices. The course started on 17 March and will go on until 2 June; with one month to go, participants have...


Former participants during some Conservation of Built Heritage (CBH) training activities.

ICCROM is pleased to announce the seventh training course on Conservation of Built Heritage (CBH) in Rome. ICCROM has been a pioneer in organizing courses in heritage conservation since 1965, including the Architectural Conservation Course (ARC) and many others, most recently the Conservation of Built Heritage course, for six consecutive intervals between 2007 and 2016. Following a period of revision in designing this course, ICCROM has drawn from its vast experience, reviewed evaluation results and considered the most recent international trends to produce the 2023 edition. In response to the global concerns of climate change, rapid urbanization and tourism pressures, and taking into account contemporary thinking related to the conservation of built heritage, including buildings, sites, historic settlements and cultural landscapes, the course is delivered within a sustainable development framework.

CBH aims to serve a wide range of conservation practitioners and decision-makers by placing technical issues within the broader conservation context to link them to planning and management concerns. The course's first module will consist of an overview of the development of conservation concepts, including different approaches and emerging issues that have evolved in different parts of the world, considered within the sustainable development paradigm. The second module focuses on management systems and planning approaches for cultural heritage currently being adopted. The four remaining course modules will be devoted to looking at the technical aspects of conservation, including materials and structures; documentation and diagnosis; context and treatments; management, planning and decision-making. In the seventh module, using the knowledge and skills previously discussed and shared as a guide, participants will implement a series of workflows, including investigation, conservation treatments and monitoring, focusing on practice in a specific context. In the final module, participants will present the results of their practical efforts.


At the conclusion of the course, participants will have the following:

  • a better understanding of the conservation and management processes applied at material, building, site and territorial levels;
  • improved their strategic planning skills;
  • expanded their awareness, knowledge, and understanding of current principles and practices in conservation of the built heritage; and
  • enhanced their skills, judgement and experience, considering the sustainability perspective.

Exercises from a previous edition of the Built Heritage Conservation course.


Training will be based on a multiple-activity model, which includes lectures, case studies, practical "hands-on" exercises, site visits, group work, and classroom discussions. Most lectures will include time for group discussion at the end. Participants will need to be active and involved during three stages: pre-course preparation, course attendance, post-course follow-up, networking, and monitoring. During the course, participants will be considered as resources. They will be expected to share their knowledge and experiences, present case studies, participate in course discussions and contribute to group work and "hands-on" exercises.


The course is open to a maximum of 16 participants with at least four years of experience actively involved in the conservation of built heritage. Mid-career professionals and other decision-makers in conservation from different disciplines (architects, archaeologists, engineers, planners, site managers, etc.), either in a position to influence practice or having the potential to do so in the short or medium term, are eligible. Those in a position to carry the messages of the course to a broad audience (for example, trainers who can reach a large audience over time) are encouraged to apply.

Teaching Team

The teaching team (including ICCROM) is composed of recognized heritage conservation professionals with theoretical knowledge and practical experience. They share the broadest possible international perspectives in their fields of expertise and, at the same time, can bring specific knowledge to fulfil the aims and objectives of the course modules. The composition of the teaching team represents a wide variety of geographic regions.


English is the working language of the course. Candidates must have strong communication and writing skills in English. A certificate of language will be requested if English is not your first language or if you have not carried out graduate studies in English.

Archaeological area of the Imperial Fora, Rome, Italy.

Course fee

€ 900

Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses

Participants will be responsible for their round-trip travel costs to and from Rome. To cover accommodation and living expenses in Rome during the course, participants should plan for a minimum amount of € 4 000 Euros for two and half months. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies. In cases of proven financial need, and depending on the availability of funding from external sources at the time of the course, a limited number of partial scholarships may be granted. 

Certificate of Attendance

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the course. Participants are expected to attend all lectures and activities over the entire length of the course.

If you encounter any issues submitting your application via the ICCROM website, please email us at cbh23@iccrom.org.