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IQ Launches New MTC Skills Card for the Glazing Industry

Industry Qualifications (IQ) has joined forces with leading glazing sector Certification Bodies BM Trada, CERTASS and Assure to develop an MTC Skills Card scheme for the glazing industry, designed to assess the site operative Minimum Technical Competence requirements for both Competent Person scheme membership and PAS2030 certification.

Site operatives in possession of the MTC Skills Card are able to demonstrate their occupational competence to consumers, employers and Certification Bodies. The IQ MTC skill cards will be available for both surveyors and installers and can be achieved through possession of an approved qualification, or a multiple choice test and on-site assessment. IQ will administer the assessments, assessment records and the production of the MTC Skills Card on behalf of the appropriate certification body.

Raymond Clarke, Chief Executive of IQ stated “The MTC Skills Card and multiple choice assessments due to go live in November are very competitively priced. The scheme design allows each Certification Body to set its own pricing and delivery method for on-site assessment. We believe this offers both a rigorous and flexible method of delivering the Government’s new requirement”

Jason Clemmit, Managing Director of CERTASS welcomed the announcement saying, “We are delighted to have helped create a powerful platform for an industry wide scheme along with IQ and other UKAS accredited Certification Bodies.”

Jon Osborn, Chief Operating Officer of BM Trada agreed, saying “by working together we have been able to pool our expertise to develop a robust and credible scheme. It is a clear demonstration of what can be achieved when those with the best interests of the industry at heart join forces.”

Austin Greene, Technical and Compliance Manager at Assure said, “This initiative heralds a real change in the composition of the qualifications markets in the glazing industry, embracing the past but providing a future underpinned by choice and quality provision.”

About Industry Qualifications

IQ is a multi-sector Ofqual approved awarding organisation and began to offer qualifications to the glazing sector earlier this year and is one of the UK’s fastest growing awarding organisations, with some 14 qualifications already developed in glazing and fenestration.

IQ has a philosophy based upon quality, partnership and transparency. IQ is a mutual body committed to the highest operational and ethical standards and designed to harness the power of and develop opportunities for our members. IQ expects to be one of the ten largest awarding bodies in the UK before 2015.

Further information on the scheme will be issued in the coming months. In the meantime if you are interested in learning more please contact Raymond Clarke at IQ.

Oct 04, 2013 02:09 PM