Introduction of a new smart card scheme was a key milestone for the demolition industry this year. The new cards have been accompanied by changes to training and qualification requirements, to give a consistent approach covering every role from labourers and apprentices through to demolition supervisors and managers.
The Certificate of Competence for Demolition Operatives (CCDO) Smart Card Scheme was launched on 1 September by the National Federation of Demolition Contractors and the National Demolition Training Group. Its introduction puts the industry well ahead of other parts of the construction sector in meeting national criteria that must be in place by 2020.
We’ve engaged with members to look at the duties for each role within the scheme as well as what the route to each level of competence should be and the information that should be included on the cards themselves.
There are about 7,500 people in our card scheme and several hundred Smart Cards have already been issued since the launch on 1 September. Those already in the industry can keep using their original card until it is up for renewal, but we are trying to encourage early adoption as the scheme brings many benefits both in security and in terms of training and qualifications.
There is a regime to ensure a certain level of skills and training at each stage, including NVQs. Anyone without an appropriate NVQ starts with a non-renewable temporary card and must achieve the qualification before moving to a full card with a five-year renewal period.
Cards are colour-coded for different roles, such as blue for operatives and topmen and gold for demolition supervisors. The Smart Cards are very different to their predecessors, even at first glance. The first thing you notice is how little information is printed on them - the rest can only be seen when the card is scanned. It is all too easy for fraudulent versions of ‘dumb cards’ to be produced. The new technology allows every Smart Card to be scanned and verified very quickly at the point of access to the site.
November 30, 2016
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