CSCS Ltd, the body responsible for administering the much criticised Skills Card Scheme, have announced there is to be a new level of card for people holding qualifications other than an NVQ.
The AQP (Academically Qualified Person) Card is a white/yellow card and will be valid for 5 years. The idea is that it gives holders of traditional qualifications the opportunity to train for a relevant NVQ whilst recognising the achievement of a range of industry recognised qualifications including Degrees, HNC’s, and NEBOSH certificates.
A full list of acceptable qualifications can be found here.
Although most people affected will likely already be registered for some other card (such as the Red Trainee Card) the move goes someway to addressing criticism of the scheme which has, hitherto, ignored these higher level qualifications in favour of NVQ’s.
CSCS have also announced that rules for obtaining the current Green card are to be updated so operatives must achieve at least an NVQ level 1 to qualify. From 1st July 2014 the card will become known as the Labourer’s Card and will be linked to the new NVQ in Health and Safety for Construction Labourers.