Monthly Archives: June 2019

NVQs require effective planning

ARCA can provide an efficient assessment process

Candidates can gain an NVQ in the shortest possible time when the assessment process is planned well in advance, especially as a candidate can need up to three assessment sites and dates scheduled.

By discussing appropriate sites and timings, ARCA will be able to provide members with the best possible assessment plan for a Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ. Also, members can plan by prioritising candidates based on their CSCS card requirements or card expiry.

“It is important for members to plan well in advance, as we need a number of suitable asbestos removal sites to assess a candidate and construct a portfolio of evidence that covers all the necessary criteria,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA.

“More members are now effectively planning all NVQs with us, so that candidates are able to complete their NVQ assessments in the most efficient and cost-effective way.”

Don’t delay… start planning your NVQs with ARCA today, call us on 01283 505777.

CSCS to end exemption to CITB Test

Currently if an applicant for a CSCS card has achieved an NVQ within the last 2 years, they do not have to sit the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test.

However, following the announcement by CSCS on 17th June this exemption will be withdrawn on 2nd September 2019 to meet the requirements of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

Therefore, all applicants for CSCS cards will be required to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test regardless of when they obtained their NVQ.

If a CSCS card was gained without taking the CITB test, it will remain valid until the expiry date on the card. An applicant will need to undertake/pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test to renew the card.

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