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Licensing call to cut morass of paperwork


THE INDUSTRY should set core competency standards to save firms from a blizzard of paperwork when they bid for work, a report recommends.

The Health and Safety Executive commissioned study, Competency and Resource, calls for all design and construction firms to be members of accredited competency schemes with core recognised standards to combat the morass of different qualification schemes.

Report author John Carpenter said: 'This will have the benefit of ensuring baseline competence without the need to assess basic issues on a project-by-project basis.' He argues that core competence standards would also give clear benchmarks to encourage improved performance.

The report adds: 'This is, in effect, moving towards a licensed industry, as is the case in a number of other countries.

This may appear a radical step, but, if we are serious in the endeavour to raise standards, eward those that invest in people, and exclude the 'cowboy' element, it may be a necessary step.'