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Competence Steering Group (CSG)

The Competence Steering Group (CSG) was set up under the auspices of the Industry Response Group, established in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell fire in June 2017 jointly by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Build UK, Construction Industry Council and Construction Products Association and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council. The CSG is chaired by CIC Chief Executive Graham Watts and CPA Chief Executive Peter Caplehorn.

Timeline graphic details key competence milestones

A new timeline setting out important milestones in improving competence of those working in the construction and fire sectors has been created by the Competence Steering Group (CSG).

The new timeline charts the activities of the 12 Working Groups within the CSG detailing when competence frameworks for each of their specialisms will be published alongside other activities This includes the new PAS documents for dutyholders and expected timescale for the transition to new British Standards. Dates implementation dates for Building Safety Act legislation is also included on the colour-coded graphic.

The CSG was set up to tackle competence shortcomings identified in the 2018 Hackitt Review, Building a Safer Future, published in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017. The CSG comprises more than 150 institutions and associations working across construction, built environment, fire safety and owner / manager sectors.

Timeline for competence activity

A copy of the timeline can be downloaded here.

The Working Groups established by and reporting into the Competence Steering Group are as follows:

  • Engineers (WG1)
  • Installers (WG2)
  • Fire engineers (WG3)
  • Fire risk assessors (WG4)
  • Fire safety enforcing officers (WG5)
  • Building standards professionals (WG6)
  • Building designers, including architects (WG7)
  • Building safety managers (WG8)
  • Site supervisors (WG9)
  • Project managers (WG10)
  • Procurement (WG11)
  • Products (WG12)