Council for Aluminium in Building

CAB 1-day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge Course

There has never been a greater need to increase the skill sets within the £110bn UK Construction sector which contributes 7% of GDP. In addition, according to RICS the shortfall in the number of skilled construction workers in the UK is currently at its highest point since 2007 and it is estimated that 200,000 workers will need to be recruited by this year.

For its part, the UK Aluminium in Building sector lead Trade Association, the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) has partnered with GQA Qualifications a leading awarding body and CSCS to develop a new route to a Curtain Walling Installers CSCS Card. It is recognised that it is important that all those people who are applying for a CSCS card can show they have undertaken CPD and have up to date knowledge of the industry and different Curtain Walling Systems.

The overriding objective in the development has been to:

• Raise competency levels
• Develop standardisation of basic knowledge and best practice
• Ensure a consistency of CSCS Card Achievement
• Attract new talent by presenting our sector as a desirable career path
• Ensure those installing the systems are qualified in their field

The new route involves a number of new steps whether the installer is a new entrant or renewing a CSCS card with or without a relevant NVQ. These are laid out below but will include a ‘One Day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge’. The purely generic training day has been developed by the CAB Training Committee as part of the formal route to the achieving a first or renewed Curtain Walling Installers CSCS Card and aims to ensure that Installers have the required basic knowledge to undertake an approved systems specific training and ultimately reduce snagging’s on site and the associated costs involved with this. The topics covered include: handling and storage of materials; principles of weathertightness; surveying and setting out; tolerances and reading drawings and specifications.

Candidates will attend the training at GQA Approved Training Providers who will deliver the CAB Curtain Walling Workshop and who will steer candidates through the various steps to achieve the new CAB CSCS Curtain Walling Installers Card. In order to allow time for those Installers needing to undertake further CPD, Training or qualifications to pass through the new route, a one-year temporary Card will be available. Within this one-year period the appropriate qualification will need to be achieved as the temporary card will expire after this period has passed and will not be able to be renewed.

To ensure the whole process is kept up to date and continues to meet best practice, the approved trainers will take part in regular formal review meetings with CAB, GQA and systems house experts.

Applying for a CSCS Curtain Wall Installers Card
There are different processes to follow depending on the type of card you are applying for, the following outlines the process for each type:

  1. Apprentice / New entrant into the industry

Individuals who are new to the industry, will need to apply for a Trainee Card. The route to apply for this card is as follows:

  • Must have passed the GQA H&S Assessment test or have achieved the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last 2 years
  • Must have attended a GQA/CAB Approved ‘One Day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge’ course and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must have attended a 1-day GQA Approved System House Curtain Wall Product Awareness Day and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must be registered for the relevant Curtain Wall Installer NVQ / SVQ qualification or Fenestration Installation qualification in the context of Curtain Wall installation
  1. Experienced worker who does not have the relevant NVQ / SVQ qualification

Individuals who are applying for the Curtain Wall Installer CSCS card who have experience in the industry, but no qualification will need to apply for a temporary card. The route to apply for this card is as follows:

  • Must have passed the GQA H&S Assessment test or have achieved the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last 2 years
  • Must have attended a GQA/CAB Approved ‘One Day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge’ course within the past 12 months and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must have attended a 1-day GQA Approved System House Curtain Wall Product Awareness Day within the past 2 years and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must be registered for the NVQ / SVQ Curtain Wall Installer qualification or a Fenestration Installation NVQ / SVQ Qualification with the Curtain Walling Endorsement.
  1. Installer has the relevant NVQ/SVQ qualification – applying for 1st CSCS card

For those people who have already achieved their Level 2 Curtain Wall Installers qualification and want to apply for a Full CSCS Card. The route to apply for this card is as follows:

  • Must have passed the GQA H&S Assessment test or have achieved the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last 2 years
  • Must have attended a GQA/CAB Approved ‘One Day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge’ course within the past 12 months and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must have attended a 1-day GQA Approved System House Curtain Wall Product Awareness Day within the past 2 years and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Auditable and verifiable proof of achievement of relevant qualification either the Level 2 Curtain Wall Installer or the Level 3 Fenestration Qualification with the Curtain Walling Endorsement
  1. Installer has the NVQ/SVQ Curtain Wall Installer qualification – applying for renewal CSCS card

For those people who have already achieved their Level 2 Curtain Wall Installers qualification and want to apply for a renewal CSCS Card. The route to apply for this card is as follows:

  • Must have passed the GQA H&S Assessment test or have achieved the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last 2 years
  • Must have attended a GQA/CAB Approved ‘One Day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge’ course within the past 12 months and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must have attended a 1-day GQA Approved System House Curtain Wall Product Awareness Day within the past 2 years and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must have achieved the Curtain Wall Installer Competency Update Qualification
  1. Industry Accreditation

For the CSCS Curtain Wall Installers Card CAB / GQA have taken the decisions that for all CSCS card renewals that Industry Accreditation (grandfather rights) will no longer be a recognised route for card renewal. Anyone who currently has a CSCS card achieved through industry accreditation will need to follow the process below:

  • Must have passed the GQA H&S Assessment test or have achieved the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last 2 years
  • Must have attended a GQA/CAB Approved ‘One Day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge’ course within the past 12 months and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must have attended a 1-day GQA Approved System House Curtain Wall Product Awareness Day within the past 2 years and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must be registered for the NVQ / SVQ Curtain Wall Installer qualification or the Level 3 Fenestration Qualification with the Curtain Walling Endorsement

Training Courses

A full list of those organisations who deliver either the ‘One Day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge’ or the 1-day GQA Approved Systems House Curtain Wall Product Awareness will be via the GQA and CAB websites in addition to links to the course booking systems once launched.

Please contact Julie Harley at CAB julie.harley@c-a-b.org.uk to register you interest in receiving further information and updates on the scheme as it is rolled out across the industry.