ABBE Christmas Closure Dates

The ABBE office will close at 4:00 pm on Thursday 23 December 2021 and will reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022 at 9:00 am.

ABBEs last posting date

To ensure security of certificates, the last date on which ABBE has post certificates to centres was Thursday 16 December 2021.  The processing of CRFs after this date will resume in the New Year.

Pearson Vue (PV) examinations

 ABBE are receiving a number of name change requests for the PV system. Learners must be registered on PV with the full name that matches the ID that they will be using for the examination entry. Learners not fitting the basic name match parameters of PV will not be able to sit their exam until this is rectified. Because of the frequency and volume of requests, we will be implementing a charge of £15 per learner, per name change for all requests going forward.

Pearson Vue (PV) examination entry fee

 Pearson Vue examination entry fees have been increased, so from March 2022 ABBE will be raising our prices to account for this in all PV examined qualifications. The new pricing structure will be confirmed in February 2022.

We have frozen our prices for the previous 2 years and are only now increasing in line with PV despite their previous raises.



Measures announced to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission

On 8 December, the UK government announced Plan B measures for England in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.

The most recent GOV.UK guidance has information on the latest public health measures, including face coverings, COVID-19 status checks and the NHS Pass. Those who can work from home should do so. Anyone who cannot work from home should continue to go to the workplace.

There is separate advice for Scotland and Wales.

HSE’s latest advice on keeping workplaces safe will help you to continue to work safely during the pandemic. You must still control the risks and review and update your risk assessment. The following workplace controls remain unchanged:

Home working guidance and resources

 As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for people working at home as for any other worker.

Our home working guidance has been redesigned and expanded to provide more detail on straightforward actions to manage home workers’ health and safety.

This includes the risks of stress and poor mental health as well as working with display screen equipment (DSE).

There is advice for home workers themselves, as well as a video and practical tips on good posture when working with DSE.

Workplace experts Acas advise employers and workers to be practical, flexible and sensitive to each other’s situation when working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit their website for more tips and advice.

ABBE would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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