The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) withdrew the Construction Site Operative Card (CSO) in 2014 and stopped issuing the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card on 31st March 2017.

This means that

  •  CSO cards will be out of circulation in summer next year because they were valid for 5 years
  • CRO cards issued since 1st October 2015 will expired on 30th September 2017
  • CRO & CSO card holders must take further steps to replace their cards before they expire.

In 2012, the CRO card, which required no qualifications to obtain, accounted for a quarter of the cards in circulation, that is over 230,000 CRO card holders.  CSO cards which also required no qualifications to attain accounted for over half of the cards in circulation.  In the majority of cases CRO & CSO card holders will be required to register for existing or newly developed qualifications at operative Level, but what those who have developed their skills, knowledge and experience and are now responsible for supervising and managing the construction process?

Those Supervisors and Managers who still hold CRO and CSO card, who do not take the necessary steps to replace their cards will find they will be unable to obtain another CSCS card. These individuals need to undertake a Construction Supervisory and Management NVQ from Level 3 to Level 7 to gain access to Gold and Black CSCS cards.  Gaining measurable competence based qualifications (NVQs) is what the CSCS scheme is all about and its is all part of an individuals professional development and is good practice. People need to proactively take the opportunity to develop their careers.

There are a wide variety of competence based qualifications (NVQs) available that cover every aspect of construction supervision and management. Examples include:

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Works Supervision – for  those who contribute to the supervision of formworkers, steelfixers, construction operatives, labourers, logistics teams etc.

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations – For those people who might be considered to be office based such as Junior estimators, quantity surveyors, buyers, planners and general contractors; also people who might be considered to be site based and carry out such functions as dimensional control, surveys, work planning and technical sales.

Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision – For those who undertake the duties of construction site supervisors or assistant managers. Construction site supervisors will have responsibility for other people in their occupation and clearly be decision makers. Their duties include Controlling work progress against agreed programmes, Maintaining systems for health, safety, welfare and environmental protection and Allocating and monitoring the use of plant, equipment or machinery.

Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management – For those working in at senior site management level, e.g. those with responsibility for Controlling Project Progress, Ensuring that Work Activities and Resources Meet Project Work Requirements, and Controlling Project Quantities and Costs.

There are 5 routes to this qualification, Building & Civil Engineering, Highways and Maintenance Repair, Residential Development, Demolition and Conservation.

Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection –  For those working as site inspectors, architectural inspectors and quality inspectors. i.e. those managers who carry out the role of Clerk of Works.

These people will have responsibility for monitoring project quality and managing project progress and handover in construction.

Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations –  For those people will have responsibility for other people in their occupation and clearly be decision makers. These include roles such as Senior Estimators, Senior Quantity Surveyors, Senior Buyers, Senior Planners and General Contracting (This could include those who are Site Agents, Site Engineers, Site Managers, Logistics Managers, Lifting Managers, and those who carry out the role of Principal Designer (CDM Regulations 2015).

This qualification is suitable for people who might be considered to be site based and have responsibilities for functions as dimensional control, surveys, physical testing and work planning. It covers all sections of the construction cycle including all forms of construction and civil engineering. This includes functions such as maintenance and demolition and companies specialising in a single operation such as roofing, plastering and shop-fitting

Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management – For those practitioners in the Construction sector who are working in a Policy-makingDirector or Senior management capacity: i.e. Contracts and Production Managers and Commercial ManagersOperations Directors of smaller construction companies, Property and Facilities Managers and Specialist Construction Managers; as well as those in Construction Project Management – i.e. those who oversee projects from inception to decommissioning, who advise stakeholders and who form and lead project delivery teams.

Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design & Consultancy Practice – For employed and self-employed design managers in the construction and built environment sector. It is designed to assess occupational competence in the workplace where learners are required to demonstrate skills and knowledge to a level required in the construction industry. This qualification is accessible to design managers working for the contractor and those who provide consultancy services.

All qualifications lead to either the Gold (Supervisor) and Black (Manager) CSCS cards. Level 6 & 7 NVQs also lead to professional status with The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)The Institute of Clerk of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI) and The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

To find more information about the qualification you believe you have access to, please click on the link provided above or give us a call on (01952) 292 005.

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