THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY COUNCIL (CIC) has launched a new e-learning Health & Safety Certification eligible for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card as an alternative to the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.
The course, designed with CIC training partners Accredex, is designed for built environment and construction professionals. It will plug a gap in the market for a test for industry professionals who are required to visit site as part of their role but who are not site based.
Online and Flexible
The course is online and flexible to allow access to six course modules at any time. They cover subjects not in the current CSCS routes, such as staying safe on sites not controlled by a principal contractor. The modules include legal requirements on site, safety on site, health and welfare, risk management, design risk management and protecting the environment.
Each interactive module takes a ‘teach me, test me’ approach which enables users to practice their understanding of the content as they work through the course. Users receive a three-year certification on successfully completing the final exam.
A pass in the final examination has been recognised by the CSCS as an acceptable alternative to a pass in the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.
Content Rich Course
CIC Chief Executive Graham Watts said: “Health and Safety is at the heart of our industry and CIC wanted to create a relevant, modern and affordable route to health and safety accreditation professionals who visit sites as part of their services to clients. This content rich course was developed by industry professionals for industry professionals. It is more relevant and meaningful to those of us who visit site than previous tests. The flexibility of an online course also allows us to make sure it is updated as the landscape within the industry changes.”
The course costs £30-£40 per person, dependent on the number of licences purchased. The price of the course includes two attempts at an examination, which once passed will be accepted as the independent health and safety element required of attaining the CSCS PQP card.