Changes to CSR Plant Scheme

Withdrawal of Plant EWPA route - Construction Skills Register (CSR) blue plant operative cards are issued on achievement of an NVQ Level 2 qualification. ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council has withdrawn the use of simulation as an assessment route to achieve Plant qualifications. This is stated within the Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment – Plant Operations and Lifting Operations dated 1st January 2018.

CSkills Awards (the Awarding Organisation) is required to comply with the Assessment Strategy and for this reason the ability to achieve Plant and Plant-related qualifications by Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA) will be withdrawn on the 31 December 2017.

CSR plant training providers currently deliver NVQs using the EWPA route but this will change from the start of 2018 as a result of the above. This is likely to impact both the time it takes to achieve an NVQ and the costs associated.

Introduction of Technical Tests

Separately CSR has agreed to introduce new plant technical tests to quality assure NVQ provision in Northern Ireland. Each technical test will be specific to a category of plant and will include both theory and practical elements. These are currently being developed and will be introduced at the end of Q1 2018 as an additional requirement for all new plant cards and additional categories. Further information will be provided in advance of the introduction of the technical tests.