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TTA is encouraging fixers to sign up for OSAT or EWPAR assessments, for which the Association has funding available right now. This is an opportunity which should not be missed, as an NVQ Level 2 is now required in order to get a CSCS card. This is open to all fixers, whether they are TTA members or not.

The CITB funding received means that TTA is able to offer these assessments at a much reduced rate, and furthermore TTA members are eligible for a further substantial discount on the cost. 

Training by either of the two routes leads to an NVQ Level 2, which is required by all fixers in order to get a CSCS card. Although a CSCS card is not required by law, most principal contractors and housebuilders require construction workers on their sites to have a valid card. Contractors are also becoming more rigorous in checking that workers on their sites hold the correct card.

Previous routes to getting a CSCS card, not based on a formal qualification – such as Industry Accreditation – are no longer allowed by CSCS. New applicants and those renewing their cards now have to have an NVQ Level 2 in order to obtain a CSCS card.

In order to help tilers achieve their NVQ, and in turn register for CSCS cards, TTA has secured funding for our sector from CITB. TTA has funding for 100 places to be used by January. The funding can be put towards either a EWPAR or OSAT assessment. Both of these lead to the NVQ.

EWPAR (Experienced Worker Practical Assessment) is a one-day assessment aimed at experienced tilers, who for whatever reason do not have an NVQ Level 2. These assessments are carried out at an approved training centre.

An OSAT (On-Site Assessment & Training) is more suitable for those fixers who are new into the industry, have less experience and who require an element of training, as well as assessment. These are carried out on site at the trainee’s place of work and generally last two to three days.

The EWPAR assessment costs £500+VAT for TTA members – £600+VAT for non-members plus a £71 registration fee. TTA members pay £650+ VAT for the OSAT, while non-members pay £750+VAT, in addition to the registration fee. OSAT assessments will also incur travel expenses, which should be paid direct to the assessor.

“The funding that TTA has obtained is time limited, so it is important that those interested contact us as soon as possible,” says David Rowley, Chairman of TTA Training Committee. “It is also another great reason why tile fixers should be members of TTA, since they benefit from a £100 discount on the cost of the assessments.”

Independent fixers and companies who wish to put their fixers through the assessments are encouraged to contact TTA for more information on 0300 365 8453 or by emailing training@tile.org.uk

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