10 October 2016
More Industry Card Schemes Meet CLC Requirements
Following the publication of the Build UK Training Standard which implements the Construction Leadership Council’s recommendation on industry card schemes, Build UK Trade Association Members continue to work with industry to bring their cards schemes in line with CSCS requirements.
The Certificate of Competence for Demolition Operatives (CCDO), which is the scheme operated by the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC), has changed its requirements. From 1 September 2016, all existing skilled worker cardholders now need to:
• possess or be working towards attaining an industry relevant NVQ
• successfully complete the Demolition Health, Safety and Environment Touch Screen Test
• attend a National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) approved asbestos awareness course and approved CCDO course with end test.
The CCDO card scheme has also gone SMART, meaning that a Demolition Operative’s training records can now be accessed on-site using a card reader, online facility or android smart phone, making it easier and quicker for sites to assess if an operative has the correct skills to work on-site.
The National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS), the scheme recording plant operators’ training and assessment, has also been awarded the CSCS logo after successfully completing their audit. The scheme will now operate two card systems, one for construction related occupations which will carry the CSCS logo, and one for non-construction related occupations, which won’t.
All NPORS cards for construction related occupations now require the operative to attain an industry relevant NVQ. Transitional arrangements are being introduced for operatives whose NPORS card does not have a CSCS logo:
• A blue Competent Operator card will be available for operatives who have achieved an S/NVQ
• A new red Trained Operator card will be available for operatives who do not hold an S/NVQ, and will be valid for two years. During that time operatives will be required to achieve the S/NVQ for their plant occupation and move on to the blue Competent Operator card.
The changes to the CCDO and NPORS scheme not only meet CLC requirements but also give main contractors the confidence that cardholders are trained to the highest standards.
Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE said:
“This is a real demonstration of Build UK showing leadership by setting a standard, sticking to it and the changes that then follow.”
For more information on the scheme changes, please visit the NDTG and NPORS websites.