Our History

Support in the early years was excellent with the Institute acknowledging NFBPM Postal Courses whilst promoting its own two year Business Studies Course which offered a managerial element towards training.

Following the boom years came a major recession with much company consolidation. Builders Merchant groups expanded and offered their own in-house training courses to meet the growing emphasis on NVQ and distance learning – training had changed!

However, Membership of the Institute began and continues to be an expression of employees’ personal status within their industry’s professional body and our motto “ Knowledge, Integrity, Efficiency” is as relevant today as it was when our logo was designed nearly forty years ago.


  • Where We Began

The Institute of Builders’ Merchants was formed in 1968 by the National Federation of Builder’s and Plumbers Merchants (NFBPM) and the Company of Builders Merchants of the City of London – now, respectively, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants (WCBM)


  • Where We Are Now

Whilst the Institute is still involved in promoting training, its primary responsibility is to recognise, accredit and monitor educational qualifications and professional standards for those employed within the Builders Merchants industry.

Full membership of the Institute is awarded to those individuals who have achieved the recognised qualification and professional standard as stated in our current rules