Competence standards - key takeaways from the members' meeting

10 Mar 22

The link between competence and error was the topic of the most recent GIRI members’ meeting. Speakers from industry bodies involved in the development of new competence frameworks in response to Grenfell, the Hackitt Report, and the Building Safety Bill presented on the progress of these standards, key themes and challenges, and the need for third-party accreditation and revalidation of individual competence.

Here is a round up of what we learned.

BSI competence frameworks nearing completion

Competence documents for newly regulated construction industry roles are expected to be published in the next few months. Claire Price, BSi sector lead for the built environment, said that development of the documents, which cover the roles of principal designer, principal contractor and building safety manager, is well under way and they should be published in the summer.

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Building safety managers – assessment of competence

Work on an accreditation system for building safety managers is likely to begin in the next few months, said Anthony Taylor, Chair of Working Group 8 and Interim Chair of the Building Safety Alliance. He explained that the Building Safety Alliance has been set up to create a method of assessment of competence and maintain a central register of certified building safety managers.

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Developing competence frameworks for installers

More needs to be done to raise awareness of the implications of the Building Safety Bill and engage stakeholders in the development of competence frameworks, said Dawn Hillier of CITB. She said there is a lack of understanding about why these frameworks will be important and called on GIRI members to engage with their sector working groups.

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ICE introduces new competence framework

Members of the Institution of Civil Engineers now have to demonstrate continuing professional development in specific subjects as part of a move by the ICE to strengthen its competence framework and ensure it remains relevant and robust, explained Brendan van Rooyen, head of professional services at the ICE.  

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