Introducing Our IPAF and PASMA Training Centre

We are absolutely delighted to introduce you to our COVID-19 safe, brand new, state of the art, IPAF & PASMA Training Centre which includes an indoor practical training facility.

Following another very challenging year in 2021, our team’s exceptional hard work and dedication have managed to finalise this project.

We’re pleased to say we can now accommodate any IPAF and PASMA training requirements you may have.

Our highly experienced Instructors will be able to provide theory, practical and e-Learning courses both at our training centre in Hemel Hempstead and anywhere in the UK, on site.

We are now pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings for IPAF and PASMA Training Courses, with immediate effect at our COVID19 Safe Training Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Book your adventure with us today or find out more about our range of courses at our Live Online Training Calendar at https://cdc.org.uk/training

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CITB Approved Test Centre for CSCS Cards

CITB Approved Test Centre for CSCS Cards

CDC Group are delighted to introduce our brand new Internet Test Centre (ITC), approved by the CITB for the delivery of CSCS touchscreen tests.

CDC Group is an CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) and a Test Centre for HS&E Tests.

You will need to make sure that you prepare for the right HS&E Test via one of the official CITB approved available preparation materials (App, DVD, Download or Book).

If you are taking the CITB Health, safety and environment test to gain a card for access to construction sites please ensure you have checked the scheme requirements to ensure you are booking the correct level of test. 

1. Operatives Test at CITB Approved Test Centre for CSCS Cards

The operatives test examines HS&E awareness, helping to raise standards across the industry by ensuring all workers meet a minimum level of health, safety, and environmental awareness.

It lasts 45 minutes and is comprised of 50 questions made up of both behavioural case studies and knowledge questions.

A minimum mark of 45 out of 50 is required to pass. 

Voiceover Available (for candidates with English as second language)

For the HS&E Operatives test, voice-overs are available in the following languages:

• Bulgarian

• Czech

• French

• German

• Hungarian

• Lithuanian

• Polish

• Portuguese

• Punjabi

• Romanian

• Russian

• Spanish

2. Specialist Test at CITB Approved Test Centre for CSCS Cards

Specialist tests are taken in a variety of fields. They include questions surrounding the five core knowledge areas in addition to additional questions relevant to the specialist area(s) chosen and require a 45 out of 50 marks to pass.

The Specialists test is available in each of the following topics:

  • Supervisory (SUP)
  • Demolition (DEM)
  • Plumbing or gas (PLUM)
  • Highway works (HIW)
  • Specialist work at height (WAH)
  • Lifts and escalators (LAEE)
  • Tunnelling (TUNN)
  • HVACR – Heating and plumbing services (HAPS)
  • HVACR – Pipefitting and welding (PFW)
  • HVACR – Ductwork (DUCT)
  • HVACR – Refrigeration and air conditioning (RAAC)
  • HVACR – Services and facilities maintenance (SAF)

3. Managers and Professionals (MAP) Test 

The test must be completed in 45 minutes and requires 46 out of 50 for a pass.

Please note a valid form of Photo ID (UK Driving Licence or Passport) is required at your test admission – we won’t be able to test without an original form of ID

(A list with Acceptable Form of ID’s is automatically being emailed once your booking has been confirmed).

Book your CITB HS&E Test today by simply clicking here giving us a call on 020 8191 9090 or drop us an email at info@cdc.org.uk

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Demand in ACS qualifications Re-Assessments Likely to Surge in Early 2021

As an accredited ACS Assessment Centre for Gas Safe Engineers, we are aware that the Gas Safe Register 6-month extension will soon be coming to an end – this means that we are expecting a sharp surge in registrations for our re-assessment courses.

The Gas Safe Register ® offered a 6-month extension for any gas engineers whose ACS Certification would be expiring during the COVID-19 pandemic, the intent was to cover the closure of training centres and help those who were unwell or shielding, and so were unable to train.

With this extension ending on the 31 March 2021, we are expecting a huge demand for our courses with the Gas Safe Register confirming an expected four-fold increase in the number of assessments that are due. We anticipate this will cause a backlog in re-assessments.

As we look to the start of the New Year 2021, we expect to see our course bookings increase, to ensure your certification remains valid we invite you to take advantage of our current prices and register now for your re-assessment course.

ACS qualifications At CDC Group

We offer a fully Covid-19 compliant, safe training environment at our brand new training facilities in Hemel Hempstead.

• From the 31 March 2021, normal ACS re-assessment timeframes will resume with no further extensions in place;
• Gas Safe Engineers whose ACS qualifications expired before 1st of October and who have been unable to attend reassessment due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been permitted to remain on the Register for up to six months after their current certification expiry date.
• Gas Safe Engineers whose qualifications expired on or after October 1st have until the 31st March to renew.

Don’t leave it too late, give us a call today if you wish to discuss your requirements or for more information or to book online please click here.

We are now pleased to announce that we take bookings for Domestic ACS Gas ReAssessment Courses, with immediate effect at our COVID19 Safe Training Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Find out more about our range of courses at https://cdc.org.uk/construction-training-and-courses-calendar/

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Introducing IPAF eLearning Courses

Introducing IPAF eLearning Courses eLearning training programmes for Operators & Managers, here at CDC.

As an IPAF Approved Training Centre, we have been working hard to find alternatives to traditional face to face training, but still to provide you with high-quality engagement as part of the delivery of our courses.

Benefits of IPAF eLearning with CDC:

  • Flexible
  • Trainees complete the theory part anytime, anywhere, at their own pace, on their own devices
  • Highly Interactive
  • Engages trainees with games, quizzes, videos and simulations

IPAF’s eLearning Courses provides a flexible and enhanced online learning experience for mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) Operators and Managers training programmes. It provides the same high-quality theory training as you would receive in our classrooms and can be completed on your own device, anytime, at your own pace.

The course is suitable for all abilities, from those no prior knowledge or experience through to operators seeking to renew their PAL Cards or to qualify to operate other categories of MEWPs.

MEWP Operator eLearning 

IPAF eLearning Courses for MEWP operators is available for all MEWP categories (1a, 1b, 3a, 3b) and takes from around three hours to complete, depending on your level of MEWP knowledge. The eLearning module is divided into manageable sections that you can complete at your own pace. You can save and resume your training at any time.

MEWP operator eLearning does not replace practical training. Upon completion of your eLearning pre-theory test, you must pass a supervised theory test at our IPAF Approved Training Centre, in Hemel Hempstead.

You must also successfully complete a minimum of a half-day of practical training and testing before you are issued with a PAL Card as proof of your qualification of IPAF operator training.

IPAF MEWP Operator eLearning is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

How to start your eLearning training:

  1. Contact us to register for IPAF MEWP Operator eLearning training.
  2. We will send you an email inviting you to begin your eLearning module.
  3. At the end of your eLearning module, you will need to complete an online pre-theory test.
  4. Once you have passed your pre-theory online test via eLearning, contact us again and schedule your theory test, practical training and assessment which will take place in person at our training centre.*

* Due to the coronavirus crisis, you now have up to 90 days (usually 45 days). From the date of completion of your pre-theory eLearning test to attend our training centre in order to take your supervised theory test and practical training and assessment modules. 

This timeframe will be monitored by IPAF in line with latest developments.

MEWPs for Managers eLearning Course

IPAF eLearning MEWPs for Managers training course covers what managers need to know for safe and effective use of MEWPs on site. This includes planning the job, conducting a risk assessment, selecting the right equipment for optimum cost-efficiency and mitigating all possible risks.

The course is suitable for all abilities and is open to those with no prior knowledge through to those who are very experienced.

This course is designed to be solely completed using our eLearning facility on your laptop, PC or tablet device. You should expect the course to take from around six to eight hours to complete, depending on your starting level of knowledge and experience. The course is divided into manageable sections that you can complete at your own pace. You can save and resume your training at any time.

How to start your eLearning training:

  1. Contact us to register for the IPAF MEWPs for Managers eLearning training course.
  2. We will send you an email inviting you to begin your eLearning training.
  3. At the end of your eLearning training, you will need to complete an online test.
  4. Once you have passed your online test, contact us again to apply for your IPAF MEWPs for Managers certificate.

Important: IPAF MEWPs for Managers eLearning programme utilises a sophisticated facial recognition system across online training and evaluation sessions to ensure your identity. This is to prevent any attempts to obtain the qualification through fraudulent means. Please ensure your device has a working camera facility.

CDC Group IPAF eLearning

For further information please contact our Customer Support Team at info@cdc.org.uk or 020 8191 9090.

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COVID-19 Update from CDC Group

COVID-19 Update from CDC Group

CDC takes the service it provides to delegates and apprentices, our duty of care to employees and our wider stakeholders very seriously.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the newly introduced lockdown in England for the period 06 November 2020 – 02 December 2020, we can confirm that our premises remain open and all our courses are being delivered as scheduled, adhering to strictest COVID-19 Health & Safety and hygiene rules.

We continue to monitor and follow the official advice and updates from the UK Government, WHO (World Health Organisation) and NHS to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are committed to continuing to provide the quality of service that we are known for whilst ensuring that we take appropriate and swift action in order to protect all concerned.

For further information please contact our Customer Support Team at info@cdc.org.uk or 020 8191 9090.

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CDC will be exhibiting at London Build 2019

CDC Group will be exhibiting at London Build, the leading construction and design show for London, being held at the Olympia London, 27 – 28 November.

CDC is a nationwide construction training provider specializing in NVQ on-site assessments, CITB Site Supervisors & Management Courses, Health & Safety Courses, First Aid, 18th Edition for Electricians, and CSCS/ECS Cards for the industry.

Rated #1 on Trustpilot, we have provided world-class training to both Principle Contractors in the sector but also to individuals.

„This is CDC’s first participation and we are excited to share our expertise with the over 25,000 London Build attendees, while also making the most of this great opportunity to get our services in front of construction professionals and network with individuals across the industry. We look forward to welcoming visitors at our stand N22 in the Central Hall, Gallery Level to present our training portfolio and discuss partnership opportunities.”, said Andrei Muntean, Managing Director at CDC.

London Build 2019

London Build (27-28 November, Olympia London) has firmly established its reputation as the leading construction and design show in the UK. The show is free to attend and features 500+ speakers, 220+ hours of CPR, 350+ exhibitors and unrivalled networking events. Attend to learn of all the latest developments and opportunities in residential, commercial and infrastructure build across Greater London and the UK. Connect with 25,000+ industry professionals and meet senior figures from across all top 100 companies from tier 1 contractors, general contractors, architects, developers, house builders, engineers, government and 33 local councils across greater London. This is the place to be if you are keen to position yourself in front of all the UK construction industry’s key players!

This year’s event will host the largest ever meeting of women in construction in the UK, the launch of the LinkedIn Networking Lounge; a first ever initiative of its kind and enables attendees to network and to make new contacts offline at a live event, and attempt to break the world record for the most Movember Moustaches at a single event.

For more information or to register for your free ticket, visit www.londonbuildexpo.com

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A Quick Guide on How to Select an Accredited Construction Training Provider

CDC Group – Accredited Construction Training Provider

Have you ever wondered what’s the accreditation process/procedure to become an Awarding Body Approved Training & Assessment Centre for the Construction Industry? Well, it differs.

When looking for an organisation to provide reliable and affordable training for yourself and/or your workforce, are you carrying out any due diligence checks?

There’s a growing concern of some organisations claiming to be ‘genuine‘ and ‘accredited’ training & NVQ assessment providers. With some basic due-diligence, you could save some valuable time and money and avoid obtaining a fraudulent certificate or even a fake CSCS Card.

Here’s our Guide on how to select a Genuine Construction Training & NVQ Assessments Provider:

1. Always make sure that their website is current and represents indeed the organisation’s legal entity. Are they only using dummy content?

2. When has the company been incorporated? Check whether the company is registered with the Companies House and whether its directors are involved.

3. Does the organisation have any uploaded accreditation certificates or simply displays logos from several Awarding Organisations or major construction firms? Call the Awarding Body to check whether is approved or not.

4. Is the organisation VAT-registered? Check after their GB VAT Reg No.

5. Does the organisation have any relevant and real reviews, or are just simply listing some random, self-fabricated reviews on their own website? Check whether you can find any real information from past delegates.

6. If you’re calling the organisation, are they providing expert advice and information with regards to the NVQ you’re about to undertake with them? Ask about your allocated Assessor/Tutor expertise and experience.

7. In this digital age, do they have a real Social Media Accounts (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google) or is there actually a member of their staff to be found, anywhere? Try and find any staff at least online.

8. Does the organisation seriously take into consideration your own Personal Data under the GDPR? Are they ICO registered? Ask why if they aren’t.

9. Have you ever wondered why these organisations have such low course fees? Always find out what’s included in the fee you’re about to pay.

10. Are there risks for your NVQ certificate/diploma & CSCS Card to be cancelled in the near future? Always find out what’s the exact procedure of obtaining your qualification or course certificate.

11. Are they advertising “100%, guaranteed pass, no exam”, if so – ever wondered why?

We have been approached by construction workers and professionals outlining these issues and we are trying to inform members of the public and potential applicants on how to save time and money when choosing a construction training provider in the UK.

Our organisation has been working tirelessly in order to ensure we maintain our high standards and robust quality assurance processes here at CDC Group – Accredited Construction Training Provider.

We’ll regularly post updates on our website as we move forward and will always report any fraudulent activities to authorities, Ofqual and Awarding Organisation’s representatives.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 020 8349 8002 or info@cdc.college and we’ll be more than happy to assist!

Accredited Construction Training Provider in Hemel Hempstead.

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CDC will deliver Construction Apprenticeship Training Programmes from 2020

Due to continued expansion and growth within Construction Development Centre Ltd (CDC), we are expanding our specialist training activities from 2020.

We have structured plans to become approved on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) and start to deliver government-funded construction apprenticeship training programmes from 2020 at our new workshops.

Our organisation also have plans to adding much more value to all our candidates’ experience with us by having advanced IT platforms, Apps and ePortfolio available. Within these plans are included the start of delivery of Plumbing & Electrical NVQs and Apprenticeship Programmes from 2020.

The benefits of undertaking an Construction Apprenticeship Training Programmes

The main benefit of an construction apprenticeship training pprogramme is that it is a real job combined with training. As an apprentice, you’ll earn while you learn and pick up new skills and also a nationally-recognised qualification and a CSCS Card as you progress forward with your programme.

While apprentices can complete some study at our College, the majority of your time will be spent in the workplace. You’ll be employed in your chosen role and industry on the job for a minimum of 30 hours a week. You can also choose to join an apprenticeship programme straight from school, as a new venture or simply by having completed a vocational programme in your trade.

We’ll regularly post updates on our website as we move forward on the programmes available as soon as we’ll become approved on the RoATP.

Contact us today if you need more detailed information about Construction Apprenticeship Training Programmes.

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We are a recognised CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO)

In February 2018 we have become a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO)

The status that is awarded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to training providers in the industry. This comes as recognition of our high working standards and confirms that we have successfully passed the CITB’s approval process.

The benefits of being a CITB Approved Training Organisation provider:

CITB ATO training providers are recognised for delivering good quality training that meets the industry approved standards.

CITB ATO training providers are part of the CITB’s automated grant payments system, making it easier for employers to book courses with us for their workers and be reimbursed for it.

Currently, employers can claim a £600 achievement grant per learner, upon completion of the construction-specific short period vocational qualifications (NVQs). Full details of the available grants can be found on CITB’s website.

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