Given the current situation re COVID 19 and following a number of exchanges of correspondence with both CSCS and SKILLCard, find attached links to statements from both.
Many construction and site managers request that their workers hold a SKILLcard before coming on site. Industry Skillcard aims to provide you with the following benefits:
- Using smartcards can help improve health and safety onsite by ensuring workers have the right qualifications for the job they do, and by eliminating the possibility of fake cards being used to access sites
- Checking you have the right qualifications for the work you do is quicker, easier and less time-consuming using smartcards
The link below provides information on the different types and colour cards available. https://www.skillcard.org.uk/types-of-skillcard/
- Red Card available to those working as ‘trainees
This card is for new entrant trainees who have no prior experience and are enrolled on the SFJ IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation qualification.
This card is valid for 1 year and is non-renewable. It can be upgraded to the skilled worker blue card when the Level 2 qualification is achieved
- Green (Mate) Card available to those carrying out basic site work only. This card does not allow the holder to assist with the physical installation of fire sprinkler systems. These card holders must be working with qualified skilled workers and a ratio of 4:1 (Green mates : Blue skilled worker) applies. The card will display “Fire Sprinkler Installers Mate” on the reverse.
- Blue Skilled Worker Card available to those experienced workers who hold a L2 qualification (ie SFJ IQ L2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation
- Gold (Supervisor) Card is available for the following supervisory occupations:
- Team Leader (formerly Foreman)
- Building Services Engineer Supervisor (previously Firstline Supervisor)
- Junior/Assistant Project Engineer (who has completed a Student Apprenticeship)
- Building Services Technician (previously Senior Commissioning Engineer)
In order to qualify for a Gold (Supervisory) SKILLcard, applicants will need to undertake a recognised short course in supervisory management. For details of courses that will satisfy this requirement please contact the SKILLcard Helpdesk on 01768 860406. Examples include, Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS), Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), IOSH Managing Safely. For the statements of competences to be used in Industry Accreditation of applicants for Gold (Supervisory) SKILLcards please click here.
For information on how to apply for any of the above Fire Sprinkler Installer Skillcards please see below https://www.skillcard.org.uk/find-the-right-card-for-you/
CRO Route for Fire Sprinkler Installer closes for new applications – SKILLcard stopped accepting new applications for the Fire Sprinkler Installer CRO card in June 2019 with new applicants able to apply for a blue SKILLcard for which the Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation is available.
The phase out of CRO cards is happening in order to delivered the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) 2025 vision. As a result card schemes carrying the CSCS logo including Skillcard, must only certify occupations with nationally recognised construction related qualifications.
BAFSA have worked to achieve a measured and planned implementation of this new requirement and we have developed a comprehensive qualification route which allow Fire Sprinkler Installers to demonstrate their competence via the formal qualification mentioned above.