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What cards are available via the FISS/CSCS scheme?
All installers and operatives must hold a FISS CSCS card stating their registered category:
Green Card – Fencing Operative
Red Card – Trainee
Blue Card – Skilled/Experienced Worker
Gold Card – Supervisory Level
Black Card – Management Level
White Card - Related Occupations
What does the course involve?
The NVQ or SVQ is not a course, it is a qualification assessed on-site by qualified Assessors who then help the candidate build up a portfolio of evidence which proves the candidate?s competence against National Occupational Standards. The centre then internally verifies the portfolio and then claims the qualification certificate on behalf of the candidate. The benefit of NVQ/SVQs is that the candidate is usually assessed carrying out their daily work operations, and so not taken away from their job in order to obtain the qualification.
What does FISS/CSCS provide?
a framework for skills development and progression through a structured card scheme
access to FISS/CSCS cards that incorporates national fencing qualifications and health and safety training and assessment
assurance to employers that installers have achieved a recognised qualification
The scheme is underpinned by Sector Schemes 2A, 2B and 2C.
What if a fraudulent card is suspected?
If anyone is presented with what they suspect to be a fraudulent FISS CSCS card they should contact the CSCS helpdesk on 08445 768 777.
What if I lose my card?
Lost cards can be replaced. Apply in writing to Lantra to order a replacement card. Applications are priced at £30 (current fee at the time of writing)
What is a techcical standards course?
This is part of the approval process for new instructors for technical awards or those adding skills who will attend a course run by the EV to standard set the instructors.
What is a technical evaluation?
This is part of the approval process for new instructors for technical awards or those adding skills. An EV will conduct a one to one visit to assess technical knowledge and the application of this.
What is a telephone interview?
This is the first part of the approval process for new instructors for technical awards or those adding skills. An EV will call to talk through the application and to explore experience, knowledge and understanding
What is CSCS role in FISS/CSCS?
Construction Skills Certification Scheme set the card categories and administers the CS Operative Health and Safety test . CSCS also check that any applications made for a card are correct and if so produce the FISS/CSCS Smartcards and send these to Lantra who in turn forward to applicants.
What is Lantra Awards Quality Assurance system?
Lantra Awards regulates and monitors the quality of its training and assessment being delivered by the network of providers and instructors. As well as instructor re-certification (every 5 years) and annual updates, this is done through visits to instructors and/or providers. Instructors are required to have a technical audit visit every 5 years.