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BESA announces online Engineering Services Skillcard service

New system has been introduced to streamline application process for trained individuals in the HVACR sector to demonstrate qualifications under the Construction Skills Certification Scheme

A new online service has been launched with the aim of streamlining the application process for the Engineering Services Skillcard scheme.

The BESA-operated scheme is designed to demonstrate that an individual has the required training and qualifications to carry out specific works in areas such as heating ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration services. Over 60,000 people are currently signed up to the Skillcard, which is part of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) programme. The programme is intended to help underpin the government’s 2025 Construction Industry Strategy, according to the association.

BESA added that the engineering services sector is first among other CSCS-affiliated card programmes to adopt such a digital process for detailing an individual’s qualifications to ensure site managers can better check capabilities on site. The association said it expected this online functionality to help tackle any potential fraud.

Rachel Davidson, BESA’s director of certification schemes, said the new digital approach to applications reflected changing registrant demand.

She said, “Following a recent survey, 75 per cent of employers and cardholders made it very clear that they wanted to apply for their cards online.”

“We were well aware that the manual process could be frustrating and time consuming, so moved quickly to introduce a new online process that new applicants will find simpler, quicker and easier.”

BESA said that ensuring a more efficient application process for HVACR specialists to prove their credentials has been a major priority.

With the online application tool now online, the organisation said it was looking to extend the functions of the system to include renewals over the coming months.

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