The CITB have introduced new instructions to Awarding Bodies and NVQ Centres to ensure that the assessments of Specialised Plant & Controlling Lifting Operations NVQs are valid, effective and consistent, and have credibility across the Construction and Built Environment sector.
Due to some poor practice by some NVQ Centres and the high risks associated with Plant and Lifting Operations, the CITB have made it clear that all reputable and accredited NVQ assessment centres, verifiers and assessors “must maintain robust and transparent operational arrangements to promote the quality and transparency of their assessment, certification and quality assurance processes”.
Furthermore the CITB have made it mandatory that all accredited NVQ Centres direct their assessors to use the following assessment methods as the primary source for meeting the requirements of assessment through normal performance in the workplace.
- observation of performance by the assessor or assessors
- witness testimony or testimonies by an expert witness/witnesses
- professional discussion.
In additions all submitted evidence must support skills, knowledge and understanding attained through performance in the workplace for at least a six (6) month period.
Those employers, or self employed operatives, supervisors and managers who are engaging with Plant & Controlling Lifting NVQ providers to help them achieve these NVQs should carry out simple due diligence to ensure that they are dealing with reputable and accredited organisations that will carry out the assessment professionally in line with these new guidelines.
You can quickly determine whether you are dealing with a trusted and professional provider by asking the centre or their assessors and verifiers to produce evidence of the following
If they cannot provide evidence of the above you should not engage with them.