New Qualifications

The following qualifications are live for learner registrations:

  • ABBE Level 2 Certificate in Building Control Business Administration and Customer Care
  • ABBE Level 4 Diploma in Building Control Site Inspection and Plan Assessment
  • ABBE Level 3 Award in Fire Door Inspection
  • ABBE Level 3 Diploma in Residential Property Management (Leasehold/Estate)
  • ABBE Level 4 Award in Identification of Japanese Knotweed and Other Invasive Non-Native Plant Species
  • ABBE Level 4 Award in Law and Management of Japanese Knotweed and other Invasive Non-Native Plant Species

For further information on these qualifications please visit our website www.abbeqa.co.uk , here you will find the specification and you will also be able to find centres who are offering these qualifications.

If you have any bespoke training that you would like accrediting through ABBE please contact us by emailing abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk with your contact details and outlining your proposal. We will then contact you to discuss it further.

    Qualifications coming soon:

    Following feedback from a number of our centres, we have reviewed the content of these qualifications and have developed a new replacement suite as follows:

    • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Residential Property Letting and Management
    • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Residential Property Letting and Management
    • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Sale of Residential Property
    • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Sale of Residential Property
    • Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Residential Property Letting and Management
    • Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Sale of Residential Property

    These qualifications will be available for registration from 1 November 2020. The specifications for these qualifications will be available on the ABBE website shortly.

    Centres wishing to transfer learners from the existing suite of qualifications onto the new suite of qualifications will be able to do so, at no charge, between 1 November 2020 and 31 January 2021.

    Centres who want to offer this qualification will need to complete an Additional Qualification Approval form and submit this along with the fee to ABBE.

    Qualifications due to expire in the next 6 months:

    Sale of Residential Property and Residential Letting and Management Qualifications
    The final registration date for the following suite of qualifications is 31 March 2021.

    • Level 3 Diploma in Property (Sale of Residential Property) (600/1002/2)
    • Level 3 Diploma in Property (Residential Letting and Management) (600/0988/3)
    • Level 2 Certificate in Property (Sale of Residential Property) (600/0990/1)
    • Level 2 Certificate in Property (Residential Letting and Management) (600/1003/4)

    Following feedback from a number of our centres, we have reviewed the content of these qualifications and have developed a new replacement suite as follows:

    • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Residential Property Letting and Management
    • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Residential Property Letting and Management
    • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Sale of Residential Property
    • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Sale of Residential Property
    • Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Residential Property Letting and Management
    • Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Sale of Residential Property

    These qualifications will be available for registration from 1 November 2020. The specifications for these qualifications will be available on the ABBE website shortly.

    Centres wishing to transfer learners from the existing suite of qualifications onto the new suite of qualifications will be able to do so, at no charge, between 1 November 2020 and 31 January 2021.

    Centres who want to offer this qualification will need to complete an Additional Qualification Approval form and submit this along with the fee to ABBE.

    Reminder – Survey closes 30 September 2020

    ABBE Customer Satisfaction Survey

    We sent a survey to all centres w/c 3 August 2020.

    We are interested in capturing your views on our qualification provision and service. We would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete the survey for us.

    The survey focuses on several aspects of our business and aims to capture your responses so that we can act to improve or change our business approach.

    We will not share your views or opinions with anyone outside of ABBE.

    There are 20 questions in this survey.

    The survey closes on 30 September 2020

    If you have not received a copy of the survey and would like to take part please email abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk and we will send you a copy.

    Pearson Vue test centres – Voucher codes

    Voucher codes must be obtained from ABBE prior to learners booking exams as this is required for the booking process. If your learner finds that the Pearson Vue voucher code does not work this could be for a couple of reasons:

    1. The voucher code has expired
    2. The voucher code is not recognised

    Please contact ABBE immediately who can then issue a new voucher code, learners should not pay for new vouchers as this cannot be refunded.

    Please ensure that your learners use the Pearson Vue vouchers as soon as possible as they have an expiry date. However, the voucher is normally valid for a two year period.

    If a voucher has expired please contact ABBE.

    First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First aid at Work (EFAW) certificates requalification

    First aid providers have resumed first aid training and assessment. In some cases, there remains a back log or limited availability.

    FAW or EFAW certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.

    To qualify for the extension, employers must be able to demonstrate that:

    • they have made every effort to arrange requalification training as soon as possible and can explain in detail why they have not been able to do so. For example, they must show evidence that staff with expired certificates are booked on to EFAW or FAW requalification courses, if requested by an inspector
    • they have adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities to give first aid to any employee who is injured or becomes ill at work
    • the level of first aid cover provided remains appropriate for their particular work environment
    • the level of first aid provision necessary in high risk settings is fully maintained, eg in construction, agriculture, engineering and chemicals

    This guidance now applies to employers in England, Scotland and Wales

    ABBE is working with Birmingham City University (BCU), Reed Global and Building Alliance on a project designed to promote training and employment opportunities. The project is based predominantly in the West Midlands, but incorporates training provision from across the UK.

    As an ABBE centre, you can have your centre logo and qualification portfolio and training details displayed on the I Built It website. This is free of charge.

    If you would like your details displayed on the I Built It website, please send your logo and a link to your qualification/training provision to abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk and we will ask for these to be included on the website.

    IN THE LIGHT OF ADDITIONAL RESTRICIONS IMPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT THIS WEEK WE FELT THAT WE SHOULD AGAIN SHARE SOME OF THE HSE GUIDANCE.

     

    Make sure your workplace is COVID-secure
    In order to make your workplace COVID-secure you need to make changes to your work to protect people.

    Our website offers help with assessing risk and making your workplace COVID-secure.
    It includes a link to help you update your risk assessment to manage the risk of coronavirus in your business.

    There are also step-by-step workplace guides to:
    Social distancing
    Cleaning, hygiene and handwashing

    For all the latest information and advice visit our coronavirus microsite.

    Protecting homeworkers

    If you have people working from home, permanently or temporarily, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, HSE has advice for employers to follow.

    Issues you should consider include:
    • lone working without supervision
    • working with display screen equipment (DSE)
    • keeping in touch to recognise signs of stress and mental health problems

    Read our advice on how to deal with these issues.

    There is also a short video and helpful infographics showing how you can achieve a reasonable posture while working with display screen equipment at home.

    Legionella risks during the pandemic

    If your building has been closed or had reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.

    You should review your risk assessment and manage the legionella risks when you:
    • reinstate a water system or start using it again
    • restart some types of air conditioning units

    If the water system is still used regularly, maintain the appropriate measures to prevent legionella growth.

    For detailed guidance on managing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease during the pandemic visit the HSE website.

    Customer Contacts

    As always, please feel free to send the ABBE Newsletter to any colleagues in your business who you think would benefit from this information. Alternatively please contact us on abbeenquries@bcu.ac.uk with your email details in order for us to add them to our distribution list.

    Many Thanks

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