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ARCA News magazine Autumn 2017 available online

In this Autumn issue read about ARCA unannounced audits and CSCS cards for operatives, and find the day/time to join ARCA’s seminar at Contamination Expo.

Also, there is a summary of the ‘Post Implementation Review of the CAR 2012’ and an article on ‘what clients need to know about asbestos surveys.’

Don’t miss reading the latest issue of ARCA News, the journal for asbestos management professionals … available online hereARCA News Issue 98 Front Cover image

Operatives gain NVQ and CSCS cards via ARCA

Asbestos removal operatives, Dale Orme and Adam Parr, of LAR Ltd, recently completed their NVQ Level 2 Diploma via the On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) option of assessment.

“The OSAT assessment suited both Adam and Dale, they soon felt comfortable in the assessment environment and provided good, solid evidence across a number of procedures and processes,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA. “I must add that it was a pleasure to assess both these candidates.”

On receiving NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) – Licensed Asbestos Removal certificates, LAR applied to ARCA for blue skilled worker CSCS cards (under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme) for the operatives.

“It’s great that ARCA is now issuing CSCS cards, as it makes the whole process of gaining an NVQ and applying for a CSCS card virtually seamless,” stated Steve Hannah, Development Director of LAR Ltd. “Once the NVQ certificates were received the card application was processed efficiently.”

To read more on the ARCA ARMI Skills Card Scheme and to download an application form for an asbestos removal operative CSCS card please visit here

ARCA Fund Raising for Charity

During this week, the ARCA Charity Week, ARCA staff have been taking part in three ‘marathon challenges’ to raise funds for Mesothelioma UK and the Indee Rose Trust.

On Monday, they played darts continuously for 8-hours, Wednesday played table tennis for 8-hours and today is a bowling marathon … a couple of hours to play yet!

Also, tomorrow, Shaun the Lead Trainer at ARCA will join the 52.6km cycle challenge arranged by ARCA member LAR ltd. Good Luck to all!

By supporting us you are supporting those suffering with an asbestos related cancer and children with a life limiting tumour.

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ARCA now issuing CSCS cards for Asbestos Removal Operatives

ARCA is pleased to announce that asbestos removal operatives can now obtain both temporary red cards and blue skilled worker cards from the Association, as it is operating the ARMI Skills Card Scheme under licence from CSCS.

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) set the specification for industry card schemes carrying the CSCS logo, under which the ARMI Skills Card Scheme was approved as a nationally recognised scheme, enabling the use of the CSCS logo. Following this the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) successfully completed an audit, confirming compliance with the CLC requirements.

ARCA is now accepting applications, from employers and individual operatives, for temporary (red) cards and 5-year asbestos removal operative (blue skilled worker) cards. To apply for an ARCA ARMI Skills Card applicants will need to prove they have the training, qualifications and experience required for that particular card.

  • Asbestos Removal Operative (Trained) – red card, valid for 3 years, not renewable
  • Asbestos Removal Operative (Experienced Worker) – red card, valid for 1 year, not renewable
  • Apprentice Asbestos Removal Operative – red card, valid for 3 years, not renewable
  • Asbestos Removal Operative – blue skilled worker card, valid for 5 years, renewable

“I’m delighted, that following a successful compliance audit, we now have all systems in place to accept applications and issue all types of asbestos removal operative CSCS cards, under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

“We will continue to work with ARMI, so ARCA can offer cards for other occupations, such as asbestos removal supervisors, when requirements are agreed with the Standard Setting Body (CITB).”

All cards issued by ARCA use smart technology and contain an electronic chip. This can be used to check the identity of the card holder and, for example, when ARCA updates a card holders’ record with ‘successfully completed operative annual refresher’ this will automatically update the chip in the card.

To read more on the ARCA ARMI Skills Card Scheme and to download an application form for an asbestos removal operative card please visit

ARCA NVQ workshops prove beneficial for members

NVQ workshops prove to be popular with ARCA members across the country.

“It was great to see so many members come along to all the five briefings we held in July,” said Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA. “We held the workshops for members so they could gain key information on what their options are and how best to ensure a fully qualified and competent workforce.”

“Interaction was good with lots of questions asked; How to gain an NVQ?, Which option is best?, What do I have to do? and Do I need an NVQ to gain an operatives’ CSCS card?”

“The feedback I received was extremely positive from the attendees, as they found it very beneficial to be led through the process of how to gain an NVQ and the requirements of assessment evidence.”

ARCA has been contacted by a number of members who missed out on these workshops, so will endeavour to arrange additional workshops. Please call the ARCA training team on 01283 505777 to register interest.