Learner registrations

This is a reminder that all learners MUST be registered for their qualification as soon as they begin their training.

We have received a number of CRF requests for learners that have been registered for the qualification on the same day, or only a few days before the CRF claim is made by the centre. If the learner registration and the CRF claim are within short proximity, we will be unable to process the CRF.  All learner registrations must be paid before we will process CRFs and issue hard copy certificates.

As part of the centre agreement, all centres have agreed to register learners for their qualifications as soon as they begin training.

When you complete the registration spreadsheet, Column H, Registration Date, MUST be completed with the date that you are uploading the spreadsheet onto Parnassus.  We will check all submissions and will delete any files that do not meet these criteria.  We will notify you of all files that we have deleted.  These will then require a new upload causing delays to the registration and certification of your learners.

We recognise that there are some training courses that only take place over one day only; learners on these training courses should be registered on the day of the training programme and the spreadsheet uploaded on that day.

Please note: It is very important to register a learner using their full name, the one which appears on their ID e.g. Passport, Driving Licence etc. as this will ensure that their certificate is printed with the correct name.

This is even more important when using Pearson Vue centres or OnVue remote invigilation as their ID will be checked against the name they have registered under.  If their ID and registered name do not match this will cause problems and stop them from registering for their examination.

New Qualifications

The ABBE Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Fire Risk Assessment is now open for learner registrations. This qualification is suitable for those starting out in their fire risk assessment career, no prior knowledge is needed.

The assessment for this qualification is by Multiple Choice examination which can be taken through our e-proctored system OnVue or at a Pearson Vue centre.

The ABBE Level 4 Certificate in General Locksmithing Skills is now open for learner registrations. This Master Locksmiths Association qualification provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to be competent and confident when carrying out Locksmithing roles.

This qualification provides a template for ‘best practice’ for new entrants to Locksmithing wanting a guide for their learning and professional development in order to achieve a good level of skill and being able to work safely alone on most general locksmith jobs.

It will also enable existing locksmiths to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that they have gained through their experience and learning enabling them to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

Amendments to Qualifications

We have made changes to some of the unit aims in the Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Insulation Building Treatments (IBT) qualifications.  This does not affect the qualification or the Learning Outcomes or Assessment Criteria in any way.  Please see below the qualification units which have been affected.

Level 2
Qualification No. Qualification Title Units
603/6948/6 ABBE 2 NVQ Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (Cold Roof Insulation) 1, 3, 4, 6, 7
603/6954/1 ABBE 2 NVQ Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (Solid Floor Insulation) 1, 3, 4, 6, 7
603/6951/6 ABBE 2 NVQ Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (Underfloor Insulation) 1, 3, 4, 6, 7
603/6952/8 ABBE 2 NVQ Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (Wall Tie Replacement) 1, 3, 4, 6, 7
603/6953/X ABBE 2 NVQ Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing) 1, 3, 4, 6, 7


Level 3
Qualification No. Qualification Title Units
603/6990/5 ABBE Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Insulation Building Treatments (External Wall Insulation – Boarder and Finisher) 4, 5, 8, 9
603/6992/9 ABBE Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Insulation Building Treatments (External Wall Insulation – Boarder) 4, 5, 7, 8
603/6993/0 ABBE Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Insulation Building Treatments (External Wall Insulation – Finisher) 4, 5, 7, 8
603/6977/2 ABBE Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Insulation Building Treatments (Insulating Framed Sections) 4, 5, 8, 9
603/7000/2 ABBE Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Insulation Building Treatments (Hybrid Wall Insulation) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
603/6970/X ABBE Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Insulation Building Treatments (Internal Wall Insulation) 4, 5, 8, 9
603/6965/6 ABBE Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (Room in Roof) 4, 5, 13, 14

Reasonable adjustments and Special Consideration

As part of the initial assessment process, centres must identify any areas of the qualification where the learner may have difficulty in meeting the requirements and explore with them ways in which these could be addressed.  The requirements of the qualification cannot be amended, re-worded or omitted in any way.
Reasonable adjustments can be made before the examination is undertaken to help reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty that could place the learner at a substantial disadvantage in an assessment situation.
Reasonable adjustments normally take the following forms:

  • Additional time – where there is evidence of need, the centre may request additional time for those learners whose ability to demonstrate attainment is affected by their disability or difficulty.

Additional time MUST be requested at the time the learner is registered for the qualification with ABBE.

  • Amanuenses – an amanuensis is a person who, in an examination, records (usually in writing or on computer) a learner’s dictated answers to questions.  Learners are eligible for amanuenses if they suffer from long term or temporary disabilities that prevent them from providing their answers by other means.

Special considerations can be made just before or at the time of an examination where a learner has been temporarily disadvantaged by illness or injury and is unable to complete all of the usual assessment requirements.
Special considerations only apply to the examined components of a qualification and are provided where specific circumstances have arisen near the time of the examination that could not be provided for by prior arrangement of reasonable adjustments.

Centres must ensure that special considerations do not affect the integrity of what is being assessed and must not give the learner an unfair advantage.  The result must reflect the learner’s achievement in the assessment and not their potential ability.

For more information please see Section 14 in the Centre Operations Manual

Safety Bill raises compliance stakes, says BESA

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) says that it is preparing for the changing landscape of building safety.

Publication of the Building Safety Bill this month has cranked up the pressure on the industry to speed up reform of technical competence and regulatory compliance, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

By more than doubling the period during which clients can seek compensation from contractors for poor quality and unsafe building work, the government has considerably raised the stakes, the association said.

Homeowners will now have up to 15 years to take action over non-compliant work and, because the legislation will be retrospective, the new Building Safety Regulator will be able to take action over many projects that have already been completed even though the Bill does not come into force until 2023.

The legislation will require project teams to consider safety risks at the earliest stage of the planning process and a new Building Safety Regulator will enforce a regime that places responsibility on constructors to pass safety tests at three stages: design, construction and completion.

For more information click here


We are taking a break over the summer so we will not be publishing a Newsletter in August.  Enjoy your summer break and we will see you in September!

NEWS from FE Week ……

National Skills Fund consultation launched
A consultation has been launched on the government’s new level 3 qualifications offer, its skills bootcamps programme and how it can “meet critical skills needs”.

The consultation on the offers, all run through the £2.5 billion National Skills Fund, was originally meant to begin in the spring but was pushed back.

The Department for Education has invited providers, awarding bodies, employers, local authorities, regulators, representative bodies and the public to take part before the September 17 cut-off.

For more information click here

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Having good ventilation will help reduce COVID-19 transmission at work

HSE’s updated guidance will help you identify poor ventilation in work areas and take practical steps to improve it. This can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in your workplace.
Our updated guidance includes information on:

  • identifying poorly ventilated areas and using CO2 monitors
  • improving natural ventilation
  • how to improve mechanical ventilation
  • air cleaning and filtration units
  • ventilation in work vehicles

We also have a new video setting out the key advice.
You can also find examples of how businesses have improved ventilation to reduce COVID-19 transmission in the workplace.

Keeping workplaces safe as COVID-19 restrictions are removed

England has moved to Step 4 of the UK government’s COVID-19 roadmap. This has meant the removal of many restrictions.
Our webpage on keeping workplaces safe outlines some of the changes you need to know about:

  • controls to use after some restrictions are removed
  • other measures to help reduce workplace transmission
  • different approaches and timescales for removal of restrictions in Scotland and Wales

 Despite these changes, you must still control risk and review and update your risk assessment.
Find a full range of COVID-19 related information and advice on HSE’s coronavirus pages.

Protecting lone workers

Lone workers can be at greater risk of harm as they may not have anyone to help or support them if things go wrong.
Employers should provide training, supervision, monitoring and support for those working alone.
Our free to download leaflet ‘Protecting lone workers: How to manage the risks of working alone‘ is for anyone who employs lone workers, or engages them as contractors etc, including self-employed people or those who work alone.
The leaflet is supported by lone working webpages which include advice aimed at lone workers themselves.

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