Coronavirus update for customers

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Coronavirus update for customers

You will be aware of the various Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) announcements and official advice over COVID19.

The situation is unprecedented and has been continually changing. With colleges and schools now closed and the country in effect ‘locked down’, other than essential services, we will endeavour to continue to support you, your apprentices, learners and card applicants through this difficult period.

We support Ofqual’s statement that the most important principle is fairness to all learners and apprentices, not only for those being assessed now, but also for those assessed before COVID-19.

All our staff are working from home, so we will still be offering front line support, through telephony, email and web chat as usual.

At this time, NOCN aims to provide as full a range of our services as possible, where these can be delivered remotely, and where possible we will use remote or recorded assessment methods. We will do this in a way to maintain the integrity of the assessment.

All face-to-face appointments for approval visits, External Quality Assurers, and external assessments have been suspended until training centres reopen and normal business resumes.

We will be providing digital on-line support to you, this may include the ability to offer WebEx interviews, develop online invigilated exams in place of physical papers, and certain digital content support. Please contact us to discuss how best we can support you.

As you will know, NOCN Group offers a wide range of services including regulated qualifications, EPA for apprenticeships, Job Cards in construction, Access to HE Diplomas, bespoke accreditation and educational and skills support training. You will find out more operational detail on the implications of COVID19 for each of these services, including advice for students and centres preparing for external assessments, through the following links:

Business Development
Regulated Qualifications
Quality Assurance
EPA for Apprenticeships
Job Cards in construction (CPCS)
Access to HE Diplomas
Bespoke Accreditation
International

Please note that NOCN will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA, QAA and Qualifications Wales, and will update our customers as things change.

If you have any concerns or would like to discuss the impact on your centre, apprentices or learners please contact us on nocn@nocn.org.uk or 0300 999 1177 (Option 5).

Best wishes from all at NOCN to you our valued customers. We hope you all remain safe and well.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director

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Learn which skills and experience you require to become a CPCS Tester.

All delegates must have relevant experience on the category or categories of plant, are trained and assessed in order to successfully deliver learning to those lacking the relevant skills and knowledge and/or able to independently and impartially judge a learners skills, knowledge and understanding through an assessment process. This is evidenced through the completion of a Record of Category Experience (RoE).

Once the RoE has been approved, you need to:

  • Hold one of the following Health & Safety Qualifications 
    • NEBOSH Construction Certificate within 5years
    • NEBOSH Construction Certificate with IOSH Membership (Tech IOSH Level Membership as a minimum) if older than 5years
    • Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
    • Managing and Co-ordinating Plant (MCP) with Refresher were applicable
    • IOSH Managing Safely (within 5years)
    • Level 5 or 6 H&S Qualification accompanied with an in date CSCS card stating the following occupation routes:
      1. Construction Health and Safety Manager (with Minimum Tech IOSH Membership)
      2. Construction Health and Safety Senior Manager (with Minimum Tech IOSH Membership)
  • Hold a valid in date first aid certificate
  • Pass the Managers and Professionals (MAP) CITB health, safety and environment test
  • Achieve the CPCS Advanced theory test (within two years of the HS&E MAP test)
  • Achieved the CPCS Advanced practical test (within six months of theory test and 2 years of the HS&E MAP test)
  • Attend and pass the CPCS Tester Course*
  • Achieve the relevant role-based competence qualification**

* This course is now delivered by specially approved CPCS Test Centres known as CPCS Academies.  Further information is available by contacting CPCS NOCN Job cards on 0300 999 1177.

** If Role-based competence has not been achieved at the time of application, a two year Provisional Tester card will be issued.

Both CPCS Advanced Theory and Practical Tests are delivered by an approved CPCS Test Centre.

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