If you currently use a third party certification provider (competent persons scheme), ask yourself these questions. Is the answer to every one, “yes”?
Is Your Third Party Certification Provider…
Correctly accredited with ISO/IEC 17024 which allows them to certify the person actually doing the job?
Assessing the competence of your operatives against National Occupational Standards?
Visiting you on-site to conduct mandatory workplace assessments
Assessing and developing you/your operatives periodically, between workplace verification procedures.
Using competent, qualified assessors and internal quality assurers, who are qualified and compliant in making judgements on installers.
Using internal and external quality assurers to ensure that quality control meets government and UKAS standards, and that there is ongoing monitoring and development practices implemented to the scheme.
If the answer to any of these questions is “no” then read on.
The UK Government’s Department for levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), formerly the DCLG, set standards for Competent Person Scheme operators. These standards are the conditions for a UKAS scheme operator, and are an essential requirement for all providers of such schemes to meet. Below are some of those requirements, along with directives from the Competence Steering Group and The British Standards Institution (BSi).
“Assessors and inspectors must be competent at least to the equivalent level in the relevant sector Minimum Technical Competence (MTC) assessment procedure”
“Scheme operator to assess applicants as technically competent against agreed minimum competence requirements. For applicants this should be before registering them with the scheme. The assessment must include an on-site assessment.”
“Minimum Technical Competence (MTC) assessment procedures for assessing competence against National Occupational Standards.”
“Scheme applicants cannot be certificated until they have been assessed against the technical competence requirements of the MTCs.”
“Where ISO/IEC 17024 certification is used to evidence individual competence, the on-site assessment may take place after registration provided it takes place within three months.”
“Scheme operator to undertake surveillance of its registrants’ work, including carrying out periodic random assessments, this will involve a minimum of one on-site assessment of each existing registrant’s work. New registrants will need to be assessed annually for the first two years following initial assessment to establish a clean track record. This applies also to new registrants who have been certified under ISO/IEC 17024.”
“Individual installers to be certified under ISO/IEC 17024.”
Furthermore, UKAS, the organisation appointed by the Government to assess and accredit organisations stipulates the following in its CIS 7 document, UKAS Approach to Accreditation of Competent person Scheme operators:
“Competence of installers should be assessed by scheme operators against National Occupational Standards under a Minimum Technical Competence (MTC) assessment procedure”. (CIS 7)
Paddeco’s Third Party Certification Scheme
Paddeco’s Third Party Certification Scheme (UKAS ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation underway) has been created to provide a framework of standards to ensure that installation operatives are continually monitored and developed, ensuring that they are competent and compliant in the workplace and are working to the highest possible industry standards; the National Occupational Standards (NOS).
Certification for the installer is one means of providing assurance that the certified person meets the requirements of the certification scheme.
Features Of Paddeco’s Scheme Include:
Regular onsite assessments by Paddeco assessors who are compliant, to government standards, and authorised to make judgements of competence on installers.
UKAS accredited to ISO 17024 to certify the competence and compliance of the actual individual operatives undertaking the job.
Ensures that operatives are competent and compliant in the workplace by certifying everybody under this scheme to the current National Occupational Standards.
The scheme tells employers, and their clients, that the certified person has the requisite skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours, is working to the highest possible standards and is being regularly monitored by qualified individuals.
By working to the National Occupational Standards, certified persons are raising the standard of the industry and meeting the government’s requirements of the Building Safety Act 2022.
Regular assignments will be aligned to the government’s Working Group 2 key principals, including generic and specific health and safety, fire safety training, technical training, and behavioural competence in-line with the Bsi Flex 8670 – Code of Practice.
Paddeco Certification will help support the principal contractor in meeting their responsibilities under the BSi 8672, in “developing people and teams”, and will help “to monitor the validation and periodic revalidation of individual workforce competences”(BSi).