Welcome to SiLC

SiLC Vision Statement: to develop and maintain a high quality unifying professional registration for the assessment of the condition and remediation of brownfield sites, which fulfils the needs of public and private sectors and society as a whole.

National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS) – Suitably Qualified Person Conversion Course and Exam


All registered SiLCs may become Suitably Qualified Persons (SQP) under the NQMS by passing a short Conversion Exam. Click here to go to the Conversion Exam page.

The National Quality Mark Scheme launches in the New Year, and identifies the need for professionals in the industry to become Suitably Qualified Persons (SQP). SILC have been nominated the awarding body for SQPs. SiLC is able to qualify you as an SQP by two routes. If you are already a SiLC, you may take a Conversion Exam, which tests your understanding of the scheme and the policies and guidance of the planning legislation in the UK. This conversion exam can be accessed from the link above. If you are not a SiLC, then you may apply to become either or both a SiLC and an SQP by a process of application, suitable chartership or membership of Professional Institutions, open-book exam and interview. The SiLC register operates this application and exam process. More details are provided in the tab above “Interested in applying?”

The scheme is administered by CL:AIRE and has been set up by the Land Forum. More details are available on how the scheme works and how you go about registering for the scheme and submitting declarations can be found at www.claire.co.uk/nqms

Latest News


04 Jan

SiLC 2017a Exam Round

The upcoming SiLC 2017a Exam Round application deadline is on the 20th February 2017, applications should be sent to the SiLC Secretariat via email silc@silc.org.uk although references should be sent in a sealed envelope by the referee to the following … Read more »

04 Jan

SiLC Introduction Day: 15th February 2017, London

The next Introduction Day to help familiarise you with the requirements of becoming both a SiLC and a Suitably Qualified Person under the National Quality Mark Scheme will be on the 15th February 2017, in London. For further details on … Read more »

22 Jan

Water and Land Library (WALL)

CL:AIRE has announced the creation of a Water and Land Library (WALL). The objective of WALL is to make freely available a comprehensive listing of links to water and land references, both past and present, produced by respected industry publishers … Read more »

22 Jan

SAGTA/CL:AIRE Workshop: National Quality Mark Scheme – How can it work for landholder’s benefit?

This is initial notification of a collaboration between SAGTA and CL:AIRE to convene a workshop on 23rd February 2016 at BAE Systems facilities in Farnborough. The topic for the day is: A National Quality Mark Scheme – how can it … Read more »

13 Aug

SiLC Exam Round B 2015 – Upcoming Deadline

The application deadline for the next round of SiLC exams is on the 7th September 2015. The written test will take place between the 21st September and the 12th October 2015.  Interviews will follow for successful candidates from the 30th … Read more »

About Us


The Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC) Register scheme was designed to support the use of the Land Condition Record (LCR), launched by the Urban Task Force in 1999 and to recognise the skills of those working in the broader land condition sector. It now provides a wider recognition of competence in the land condition field, but the LCR remains as a working tool.

A registered SiLC is a senior practitioner who has a broad awareness, knowledge and understanding of land condition issues, providing impartial and professional advice in their field of expertise. A SiLC is able to verify the accuracy of a completed LCR. Entry to SiLC is gained through examination, which is held bi-annually.

The SiLC Register brings together professionals from a broad range of backgrounds who advise on land condition matters.

The SiLC Register is run and administered by a Professional and Technical Panel (PTP) which comprises representatives from the supporting professional bodies. The PTP develops and implements the registration process and is the ruling committee for individual registrations. SiLC is administered by Forum Court Associates.