Categories & Criteria

Membership of the BDMA is open to both individuals and organisations.

Individual and organisational membership falls into two broad categories:

Associate Membership does not carry any accreditation or voting rights and Associates may not imply any endorsement by the BDMA.

  • Individual Associate Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the industry. However, for anyone wishing to gain accreditation as a Technician, Claims Technician or Specialist Restorer, it is a required first step in the process.
  • Corporate Associate Membership denotes an organisation’s support for the BDMA and the principles of damage management. Any company can become a Corporate Associate, but the category does not carry endorsement of any kind by the BDMA.


Full Membership provides voting rights and is achieved via formal accreditation through the BDMA. The route to membership differs on whether the full members is an individual or an organisation:

  • Individual Accredited Membership is achieved either via examinations in BDMA qualifications or panel assessments of expertise.
  • Corporate Accredited Membership requires an organisation to meet strict criteria which will include a specified percentage of staff to be Accredited Individual Members of the BDMA in relevant categories.


The Collective Mark is a public testament to professional qualification which may be displayed by accredited BDMA members … Find out more


Individual Associate (no accreditation)

Open to anyone with an interest in damage management and the wider industry, and is a requirement for practitioners wishing to gain accreditation in the core damage management sector… Find out more

Student Associate (no accreditation)

Open to students studying on a full-time, part-time or day release basis with an interest in damage management, construction, or flood management… Find out more



Practitioner with minimum 12 months experience and having the ability to carry out practical tasks relating to fire and flood incidents … Find out more.

Senior Technician

The second accreditation level for core damage management practitioners.  It requires significant experience and knowledge, likely to be in a managerial or project management capacity … Find out more.

Claims Technician

The accreditation for those whose work includes property claims activities but who do not meet the criteria for the core insurer or damage management categories … Find out more.

Insurance Technician

This is the appropriate accreditation for insurers and chartered loss adjusters who have direct involvement in property claims … Find out more.

Commercial Damage Management Technician

This is the appropriate accreditation for individuals working predominantly in the commercial damage management sector… Find out more.

Specialist Restorer

Accreditation for those who have an acknowledged qualification in a specific area of specialist restoration in addition to core damage management experience … Find out more.


This accreditation will only be achieved by companies where a majority of their damage management staff are professionally qualified and accredited as individuals … Find out more.


If you hold an individual BDMA accreditation you may want to retain your membership when you retire … Find out more


Corporate Associate

Status open to any organisation wishing to show support for the BDMA and the damage management industry. The BDMA does not undertake an approval process of any kind in relation to companies listed as Corporate Associates.
Find out more and see which companies are Corporate Associates …

Honorary Fellow

BDMA Honorary Fellowship is awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the BDMA in some capacity.  It is not confined to practitioners, nor does it imply any technical awareness or expertise of any kind … Find out more