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The Concrete Repair Association believes that structured training is a fundamental requirement in ensuring continually improving standards of workmanship. The industry's greatest assets are the highly skilled operatives that carry out the work and the CRA fully supports their training and assessment through National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ's) at Levels 2 and 3.
The NVQ is awarded on the successful completion of eight Level 2 visits. Five of these will be common to the construction industry with the remaining three units being specific to the concrete repair industry. All CRA members are encouraged to promote this preferred route within their respective companies.
In addition to the above, the CRA wholeheartedly endorses the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). The principal aims of the scheme are to:
Competencies were agreed by CRA members in September 1998 and a new classification approved in October 1998 for 'Concrete Repair Operatives' which mirrors the requirements for NVQ Level 2.
As of January 2010, CSCS cards will be issued in a new "Smart Card" format. The individual's qualification data will be stored on the electronic chip. The chip will enable updates to be made without the need to purchase a new card, it will also reduce the risk of potential fraudsters and also has the ability to store further details such as training records.
Further information can be obtained free of charge from:
Telephone: 0844 576 8777