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SKILLcard backs CIC health and safety route for professionals

Posted: 15th December 2022

Building services engineers will now be able to use CIC's new online Health and Safety Certification training and exam to qualify for their Engineering Services SKILLcard.

CIC’s e-learning course has been recognised as an alternative to the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test for managers and professionals seeking to qualify for the SKILLcards they need to gain access to construction sites.

Engineering Services SKILLcard, which is managed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), offers Academically Qualified Person (AQP) and Professionally Qualified Person (PQP) cards to professionals who are not site-based but do need site access for elements of their project responsibilities.

The CIC Health and Safety Certification course is now deemed to satisfy the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) requirement that all applicants must pass a health and safety element when applying for professional SKILLcards under its CSCS partner system.

The course comprises six e-learning modules covering legal requirements, personal health and welfare, safety onsite, risk management issues, design risk management, and environmental protection. It involves eight hours of study and candidates must pass a one-hour test with 80% correct answers to reach the required standard for their three-year certification.

The course is administered by our training partner, Accredex through an online Learning Management System and is fully flexible so it can accessed via any internet connected device at any time. Giving users the flexibility to take the required course modules wherever and whenever suits business needs.

Rachel Davidson, director of certification at BESA. “We are very pleased to endorse this new route to SKILLcard qualification for professional grade engineers. It is a modern, comprehensive course that meets all the professional standards and I commend the CIC Health and Safety Committee for their hard work in developing it on behalf of those professionals who need to access sites as part of their client responsibilities.”

CIC Chief Executive Graham Watts OBE said “We are delighted that SKILLcard is now accepting our course. We look forward to working together to improve the competence of our workforce so that professionals can carry out their responsibilities on site safely.”

For further information about the CIC Health & Safety Certification please click here.