New Qualification in the Retrofit Suite of qualifications

ABBE are pleased to announce the development of a new Retrofit qualification.  The Level 3 Award in Introduction to Domestic Retrofit qualification has been developed to give an overview of aspects of PAS2035 giving the learner the knowledge and understanding of the retrofit process and who is involved.

NEW – ABBE Qualified logo ‘stickers’

ABBE has produced an ‘ABBE Qualified logo sticker’ which can be used on vehicles. Learners may purchase these for £10.  Learners should request a sticker by emailing

ABBE postal changes

ABBE are moving couriers from Royal Mail to DHL, we will be adding a telephone number to the address label so DHL can contact you and you can track your post.  If you have not supplied ABBE with a mobile phone number can you please email as they will need this to text you updates.

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Fire Risk Assessment

We are delighted to announce that the examination for the above qualification is now live on our remote invigilation service.

This platform enable learners to take the examination at a time and place to suit them,  this enables learners to fit the tests around their work and life commitments. Not only that, our remote invigilation service also reduces the overhead costs and time to administer tests on-site, as well as reducing pressure on computer-based testing.

To be able to offer this you will need to be an approved ABBE centre offering the Level 2 Certificate in Fire Risk Assessment.  Please visit our website for more details

Information from CSCS on Professional Body status

Most people in construction are familiar with Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards. It’s the card that provides proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do on site.

In most cases applicants are required to achieve a recognised construction related qualification (usually an NVQ or SVQ) as well as pass the Construction Industry Training Board’s health, safety and environment test within the last 2 years.

However, not everyone is aware that CSCS also offer cards for members of certain recognised Professional Bodies. In such instances, applicants for CSCS cards can use their Professional Body membership to prove their competence, rather than the achievement of an N/SVQ or other equivalent qualifications.

CSCS is pleased to announce that Associate and Chartered members, as well as Fellows, of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) can use their memberships to apply for CSCS cards.

CSCS has worked closely with the RICS to carry out a detailed mapping exercise of their membership criteria. As a result, the following CSCS cards can now be offered to those at the following level of RICS membership:

Membership level CSCS card available

Student members registered onto an Apprenticeship

Trainee card

Apprentice card

Associate (qualified through the recognised Level 3 Apprenticeship)

Associate (qualified through the recognised Level 6 Apprenticeship)

Advanced Craft Gold card


PQP card

Associate (all others) PQP card
Chartered PQP card
Fellow PQP card


Alan O’Neile, Head of Communications at CSCS said: “This is another great example of the industry working together to improve standards and safety on UK construction sites. The RICS have been maintaining professional standards in chartered surveying for over 150 years and it is their commitment to continual professional development that really ties in with the objectives of the PQP card.”

The PQP card is valid for five years and all applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test.

When applying for this card, Associate RICS members will need to provide a letter from the RICS confirming how they gained their membership to ensure that they are applying for the correct card. Student and Chartered RICS members must provide proof of their current RICS membership. Similarly, RICS Fellows must provide proof of Fellowship.

Pdf documents

Many of us like to pdf documents to ensure they remain accurate and cannot be changed, however, this does cause problems if you pdf the following documents:

  • Centre application form
  • EQA reports

Can you please limit you pdf documents to things like; policies and procedures, CVs etc.

News from Skills for Health 

COVID-19: Free personal protective equipment scheme – extended

The purpose of the scheme is to ensure that health and social care providers have reliable access to the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for good infection control, limiting the spread of COVID-19. The scheme has now been extended to 31 March 2022. To ⇨ Find out more

How to make the most of student nurse placements

With the help of practitioners from the workforce and input from people who need care and support, we’re delighted to launch our guide which supports the understanding of nursing placements within social care settings. This is the first time such guidance has been produced, and it’s thanks to funding from Health Education England that we’ve been able to do so.

It’s a quick and easy way for employers to identify what type of experience your setting can offer to a student nurse and how it maps to the nursing curriculum (future nurse standards of proficiency) by using the 10 descriptions of different social care settings included in the guide.

This gives you a fantastic opportunity to not only develop your training offer but also develop your staff by encouraging them to think about how they could support student nurses in the workplace.

⇨ Find out more and download the guide

Get involved by using #WeAreSocialCareNurses on social media.

Have your say on your experience of the Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF)

Health Education England (HEE) is seeking feedback from NHS staff and learning leaders on the Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF). The survey will stay open until Friday 19th November 2021.

For more information click here

Work safely in confined spaces

Do you know the definition of a confined space?

A confined space is a place which is substantially enclosed (though not always entirely), and where serious injury can occur from hazardous substances or conditions within the space or nearby.

A number of people are killed or seriously injured in the UK each year in confined spaces.

Download a free copy of our ‘Safe work in confined spaces‘ publication, which explains the definition, gives examples and helps you put precautions in place for work to be carried out safely.

You can also purchase a hard copy at the HSE Books website.

Coronavirus updates and advice

HSE is continuing to update its ventilation guidance encouraging all workplaces to continue to work safely.

 Using good ventilation can help to reduce how much virus is in the air. This helps reduce the risk from aerosol transmission and the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Guidance has been updated on our website to include our new simple summary of how good ventilation helps you reduce the spread of COVID-19.

We also have a series of new ventilation guidance videos on HSE’s YouTube channel.

For all the latest information and advice visit our coronavirus web pages.


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