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Educating Beyond the Classroom

CSCS

Delivering Fenestration Competency Update Qualifications and NVQs for CSCS card renewal.

As an approved centre for delivery of these qualifications, GFTS ltd can ensure individuals are compliant with the rules for both CSCS and DCLG. 

GQA has been appointed as the sole provider of CSCS cards for the fenestration sector following lengthy discussions with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. GQA has been writing qualifications for over 25 years and around 6 years ago introduced a Continued Competency qualification for the Glazing industry to help them satisfy legislation and customer demand for proof of current competence.

As you may know, there is a requirement for most of those involved in survey and or installation of windows and doors to hold proof of competence, this is very often done by achievement of a GQA qualification such as an NVQ in Fenestration Installation or Surveying. We can also deliver the L2 Certificate in Glass Related Occupations, which has been selected with the application of films and graphics industry in mind. In terms of CSCS, GQA will issue temporary, trainee or full cards dependent on the status of the qualification held or registered for, by the individual applicant.

Temporary cards are issued to experienced workers on proof that they have registered to undertake a relevant GQA qualification and completion of either the GQA Health and Safety test, or the CITB touch-screen test. The applicant has 12 months to complete their qualification. A full card can be requested on completion of the GQA qualification and is then valid for 5 years.

For those already holding a relevant GQA qualification it is a simple transition to the new card design.

For apprentices or new entrants to the industry, the same requirements apply but the card is valid for 2 years to enable the achievement of qualifications.

The temporary and new cards cost £30 each, and assessment and Health and Safety testing can be delivered by our UK-wide network of assessors.  The new GQA CSCS Q-card covers all fenestration and glazing related occupations

DCLG’s requirement is for periodic reassessment and to help candidates, employers and centres we work with GQA who have developed a suite of Competency Update qualifications for Installers, Surveyors and those who carry out both roles.

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