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ARCA continues to support competency in the industry

Today ARCA provides the most comprehensive and quality assured routes to qualifications, and CSCS cards, for the licensed asbestos removal industry.

Over the last decade no organisation has invested as much resource as ARCA into developing quality qualifications and a choice of qualification routes for the licensed asbestos removal industry. Particularly over the last three years since the decision by the Construction Leadership Council, that qualifications leading to CSCS cards must be an NVQ, if an NVQ for that occupation exists.

“Working in this hazardous and therefore highly regulated industry, workers competency is crucial for their health and safety and that of others,” commented Steve Sadley Chief Executive of ARCA.

“ARCA has worked tirelessly to provide the industry with the most comprehensive range of qualifications, which are delivered by our in-house team of experienced and qualified assessors.”

The Association has worked with CITB and with its long-term partner the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) to develop a range of qualifications.

Asbestos Removal Operatives – ARCA offers the On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) route, via CITB and RSPH, and is the only provider offering the RSPH route for experienced operatives.

 Asbestos Removal Supervisors – ARCA approached the Sector Skills Council (SSC/CITB) with a view of creating a single NVQ for supervisors. Now the first Level 3 NVQ for supervisors is offered by RSPH and ARCA is the only provider of the assessments.

 Asbestos Removal Contract Managers – The RSPH Level 4 Certificate in asbestos Removal for Contract Managers is recognised for CSCS cards for managers. This qualification is provided by ARCA, who is also the only CSCS partner scheme offering the CSCS black managers card.

An article on the range of qualifications available from ARCA, and how quality is assured, is available to read here

On the ARCA website is detailed information on qualifications, as well as CSCS cards.

Record attendance at Summer Member Regional Meetings

This SummARCA SE Regional Meeting June 2018er saw an incredible attendance at the ARCA member regional meetings, with the South East meeting attracting a record 41 attendees.

The Association’s member regional meetings are held as a forum to provide information, instruction and training, and the summer round of meetings was no exception. During these meetings members heard about and discussed the HSE draft Plan of Work guidance, the new RSPH Level 3 NVQ for asbestos removal supervisors and the high standards of work demonstrated by ARCA members via the Association’s Site Audit Accreditation Scheme. Asbestos removal contractors were also able to talk to some associate members/suppliers and hear about a new software management product.

“Three times a year we hold six member regional meetings, which includes two in the North of England, and all consistently attract good numbers of attendees. Yet this June the South East meeting broke the record with 41 attendees,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“These meetings are excellent for us to meet members and provide information, as well as being a forum for discussion and member networking.”

In November 2017 ARCA began to issue Certificates of Attendance to all individuals that attend member regional meetings as a record that those individuals had received the information, instruction and training listed on the certificate.

Don’t miss the next member regional meeting in your area – dates can be found here

ARCA joins the Contamination Expo Series 2018

New date and venue for Expo

ARCA, the UK’s leading association representing asbestos removal contractors, will be exhibiting at the Contamination Expo Series on 12 – 13 September 2018 at the NEC Birmingham.

This is the third year the Contamination Expo Series has been held, however it is the first year the Expo will be at the NEC.

The event will be made up of seven sectors, including hazardous waste and land remediation, all focussed on providing information on, and solutions for, contamination issues.

“For ARCA the event provides a platform to continue communicating how to safely manage asbestos, highlighting property owners and managers’ legal responsibilities, and how ARCA and its members can support them,” comments Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

“One of our aims is to continually raise professional standards across the industry; developing and delivering training and qualifications (competency), and last year saw ARCA members’ site audits (two per year) becoming ‘unannounced’, so strengthening this method of reassurance for all parties, including end-clients.”

“We are delighted to have the support of ARCA again this year as having asbestos experts at the event is crucial,” stated Daniel Rogers, Events Director of the Contamination Expo Series. “Having the attendance of this leading association will help drive the messages about asbestos to the professionals involved in managing the health and safety risks associated with asbestos in buildings.”

Entrance to the exhibition and seminars is free – tickets can be ordered at www.contaminationexpo.com 

ARCA now issuing Supervisor CSCS Cards

ARCA announces the availability of Asbestos Removal Supervisor CSCS cards under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme.

Temporary Red cards and 5-year Asbestos Removal Supervisor Gold cards, are now available from ARCA, both as physical and virtual smartcards.

  • Asbestos Removal Supervisor (Trained) – red card, valid for 3 years, not renewable
  • Asbestos Removal Supervisor (Experienced Worker) – red card, valid for 1 year, not renewable
  • Asbestos Removal Supervisor – gold card, valid for 5 years, renewable

Applications can be made by employers or individual supervisors for a card, with proof of the required training Asbestos Removal Supervisor - 680px wide for websiteand/or qualification(s) for that particular card being submitted with the application form.

“With the addition of the supervisors’ cards, I’m delighted that we are now able to offer the full range of CSCS cards for asbestos removal staff. That is temporary and skilled worker cards for operatives, supervisors and managers,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

“We continue to receive card applications daily, with virtual smartcards being requested by the majority of applicants. There have been some applicants who have left their application to the last minute so the availability of a virtual smartcard, which can be on their phone (after downloading the app) within minutes of the application being processed, has definitely been a benefit to them.”

To read about the requirements for Asbestos Removal Supervisor cards and to download an application form please visit the Supervisor CSCS Card webpage or call ARCA on 01283 505778.

 

First NVQ for Asbestos Removal Supervisors now available

ARCA, the UK’s leading association representing asbestos removal contactors, announces the availability of the first NVQ for asbestos removal supervisors.

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supervising Licensed Asbestos Removal (Construction) has been developed by ARCA specifically for asbestos removal supervisors, following consultation with industry, and certificated through RSPH (awarding body).

Now asbestos removal supervisors can gain one qualification, rather than two, to obtain a gold CSCS card, saving businesses time and cost.

“As the leading association, supporting our members and the industry by developing one encompassing qualification for supervisors was our goal,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA.

The Sector Skills Council (SSC, CITB) agreed ARCA could review the framework of the Occupational Workers Supervisory NVQ to see how it could be tailored for the asbestos removal industry. After this review and selection of the learning units to be included in the qualification, industry was consulted to ensure the content verified the knowledge and understanding required to carry out a supervisor’s role and responsibilities

“Feedback was very positive, with the qualification content confirmed, so we worked with RSPH to complete all documentation and I carried out a pilot of the on-site assessment process,” stated Satish Patel.

“Having the support of the SSC, the industry and also RSPH, ARCA is now delivering a specifically designed qualification for asbestos removal supervisors.”

For full details on this NVQ and the units covered please visit the ARCA website