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CSCS launch Professionally Qualified Persons Card

CSCS has launched a new Professional Qualified Persons (PQP) card to cover non-site based professionals - to ensure that everyone in the construction industry can demonstrate competence, qualifications and health and safety awareness.

Almost 20 professional institutions, including the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Royal Institution of British Architects and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors have had their qualifications and membership criteria reviewed as part of the process for creating a new card.

The card will identify an individual's professional institution and will only be issued to professionals who can demonstrate a high level of health and safety knowledge through the achievement of a new Higher Managerial Health and Safety Test. The Test was developed by CSCS, CITB-ConstructionSkills and the Construction Industry Council (CIC) in close conjunction with professional institutions and consultancies.

Brian Adams, CSCS Chief Executive added: "We are extremely encouraged that Professional Institutions and Consultants have requested a CSCS card to reflect their commitment to occupational competence. This card broadens the reach of the CSCS scheme beyond site operatives and will be another key driver in proving competence and health and safety amongst the entire construction workforce."

Sir Michael Latham, Chairman of CITB-ConstructionSkills added: "We are extremely pleased with the support we have had from this sector, with key industry bodies getting involved in setting the standards for the new Health and Safety Test, ensuring it meets the needs of the sector."

Stuart Henderson, Construction Industry Council Deputy Chairman, said: "The new PQP card underlines the commitment of those in the professional services sector to Health and Safety."

There is good industry support for the PQP card. Atkins - for example - has been at the forefront in driving this new scheme through and Atkins' Mike McNicholas became the first recipient of a PPQ.

"This was a major moment for both the industry and Atkins," reported Richard Hulland, Atkins' QSE Director. "The expectation that construction is inherently dangerous is finally changing due to the efforts of all parts of the industry. The role of off-site professionals in raising the H&S agenda - whether they are architects, engineers, quantity surveyors or one of the many other disciplines involved in the design and procurement process - is significant and, until recently, under-estimated."

Further Information:

  • Press Release
  • SkillsDirect web information
  • CITB-ConstructionSkills website: Question book for Higher Managerial Health and Safety Test
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