CSCS have issued guidance for managers with academic qualifications – whilst this is aimed at the CSCS core scheme the FISS/CSCS committee are currently developing a route to a AQP FISS/CSCS card.
Those who have completed a construction related academic qualification should apply for the Academically Qualified Persons (AQP) card. This is available to people who have completed certain construction related degrees, HNDs, HNCs, CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH diplomas. Use the AQP search tool to find out if your qualification is accepted for an AQP card.
CSCS do not accept construction related academic qualifications for the Black Manager card. The Black Manager card is only available to those who have completed the relevant Construction Management related Diploma/NVQ/SVQ level 4, 5, 6 or 7.
A Diploma/NVQ/SVQ is gained by completing a range of practical tasks, demonstrating practical skills and displaying underpinning technical knowledge. Completing a Diploma/NVQ does not require the undertaking of any particular learning program and taking formal written examinations.
An academic qualification is assessed through assignments, projects and practical tasks that you complete as part of the set course. Candidates may gain the skills and knowledge required for their job but the qualification does not include a practical assessment of the candidate’s work.
In summary – the Diploma/NVQ is a practical and skills-based qualification and an academic qualification is a knowledge-based qualification.
This is why CSCS issue different cards to those who have completed an Diploma/NVQ and those who have completed academic qualification. The black manager’s card demonstrates that the cardholder’s practical skills have been assessed, while the white AQP card demonstrates that the cardholder’s knowledge has been assessed. This does not mean that the manager’s card has a higher standing than the AQP card; the cards are issued at equivalent levels of qualification.
Need more advice on your manager card? Find out more in the member area or get in touch to with the AFI to speak to our training adviser.