TICA has administrated the TICA Skill Card for Thermal Insulation Operatives since May 2017, taking over responsibility for the industry skill card from CSCS.
At the beginning of 2015 the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) announced (via its Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025) that industry should specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo with no equivalents accepted. This is known as the One Industry Logo action.
In order to qualify for the CSCS logo all card schemes (including TICA Skill Card) must introduce plans to meet the CLC’s requirements 2020 and these include:
- Agreeing appropriate qualifications for each occupation
- Setting a minimum standard for skilled occupations at NVQ Level 2
Following an independent audit in 2016, the TICA Skill Card was found to be compliant with the CLC’s requirements and since then has proudly displayed the CSCS logo on the card. The CSCS logo displayed on the TICA Skill Card provides the industry with confidence that the card holder has achieved the required standards of training and qualification for their occupation.
The next step to fully meeting the requirements of the CLC is to move all Industry Accreditation cardholders to a recognised qualification. Industry Accreditation, also known as Grandfather Rights, allowed workers to obtain cards on the strength of an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification.
With immediate effect, all cards issued between 12 December 2018 and 31 March 2019 using Industry Accreditation will be for a fixed 5-year period and will not be renewable without an S/NVQ in Thermal Insulation.
From 1 April 2019, Industry Accreditation will no longer be accepted as a route to a TICA Skill Card.
All operatives applying for a skilled worker card renewal that had been obtained previously through grandfather rights will be eligible to apply for the red experienced worker card and will be required to be registered to a Level 2 S/NVQ in Thermal Insulation.
The red experienced worker card is valid for 1 year and is non-renewable, therefore operatives with Grandfather Rights applying for a Skill Card after April 1 2019 will have 1 year to qualify in accordance with the Skill Card requirements.
TICA are committed to fully qualifying the construction workforce and in protecting employers and skilled operatives from fraudulent unskilled labour.
For further details on the Thermal Insulation route to qualification and Skill Cards please see our website.