The CWCT training and registration
scheme for curtain wall installers has now been recognised by the Construction
Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).
In response to pressure from
major contractors, specialist sub-contractors and suppliers, the CWCT training
scheme will continue and the training endorsed on a CSCS card to avoid
duplication of cards. In addition CWCT will run an on-line database
so that particulars of an individuals training can be checked.
CWCT training and CSCS endorsement
will ensure that curtain wall installers have the skills and knowledge
relevant to the projects on which they are employed and to the components used.
The Major Contractors Group
expects all site personnel to have appropriate CSCS cards.
CWCT negotiated 'CWCT Assessed Route' for its cardholders for one year
after which installers will have to obtain an NVQ to qualify for a CSCS
Training is provided by
Approved Training Centres. These
are system suppliers and specialist contractors trained and approved by
CWCT. Training covers both skills and product specific knowledge.
Aspects common to all curtain walling and glazing systems are covered in
Part 1 Architectural glazing. Part 2 Curtain walling
covers curtain walling skills and product specific knowledge.
Part 1 Architectural glazing
The Part 1 course includes:
Safety, function of a facade,
weathertightness, gaskets, framing materials, finishes, types of window,
hardware, glass types, drawings, fixings, joints and sealants, facade construction,
surveying, tolerances, handling and installation
Part 2 Curtain walling
The Part 2 course is product
specific and must be run by the relevant Approved
Training Centre. It includes:
Method statements, corrosion,
setting out, bracketry, product assembly, system specific issues.
Applying for training
CWCT training is open to
any curtain wall installer who has two years experience and holds a current
Health and Safety certificate. Training is also to open to holders
of a current CSCS card showing the trade of 'Installer - curtain wall'.
out how to apply
CSCS aims to register every
competent construction operative within the UK. Operatives will be issued with an
individual registration card (similar to a credit card) which lasts for
three or five years. The CSCS card also provides evidence that the holder
has undergone health and safety awareness training or testing.
CSCS is owned and managed
by CSCS Limited, controlled by a management board whose members are from
The Construction Confederation, Federation of Master Builders, GMB Trade
Union, National Specialist Contractors Council, Transport and General Workers
Union and Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians.
Observer members include
the Department for Education and Employment, the Department for the Environment,
Transport and the Regions, the Health and Safety Executive and the Confederation
of Construction Clients.
The Management Board has
appointed CITB to administer the scheme.
Further details of the CSCS
Scheme are available at http://www.cscs.uk.com/.
Companies employing curtain
wall installers may either:
Installers may be trained
individually in which case a single Application
form should be used. Companies who want to train groups of installers
on courses exclusive to themselves should contact CWCT or their system
supplier to arrange a suitable course location and date.
Companies wishing to become
an Approved Training Centre should contact CWCT.
The advantages of being an
Ability to train workforce at
times to suit you - tool box talks
Ability to train newcomers quickly
Savings in travel and subsistence
Information for main
The CWCT Installer registration
scheme was developed by contractors, specifiers, specialist contractors
and suppliers to improve the quality of site workmanship and has enabled
main contractors to verify the skills and knowledge of installers.
It has been in operation since 1994 and has some 1500 curtain wall installers
within it. This number is growing with many new registrants reacting
to the Major Contractors Group drive for site staff to hold appropriate
CWCT/CSCS endorsed training
CWCT negotiated the 'CWCT
Assessed Route' for its trained installers and it was open for two years from April 2002
after which installers are required to obtain an NVQ to qualify for a CSCS
It is hoped that the use of CSCS cards will
remove confusion from this sector of the construction industry and help
the Major Contractors Group to meet their target of having 100% trained
workers on construction sites.
Holders of CWCT endorsed
CSCS cards are registered on an on-line database that shows full details
of their training and the curtain wall systems for which they are trained.
CSCS cards that are not endorsed
to show CWCT training are based on NVQs or an early 'Grandfather rights'
scheme and may have been awarded to installers of simple low-level glazing
Information for Specifiers
Specifying a requirement
for CSCS cards endorsed with CWCT training is the easiest way to ensure
quality workmanship and availability of appropriate knowledge and skills
on a project.
The CWCT 'Standard and guide
to good practice for curtain walling' requires:
"The installer should employ
competent, experienced facade erectors to carry out the works. The
installer should maintain records to demonstrate his employees and all
Installers registered with
the CWCT have the necessary experience and competence. Individual
installers should have current cards showing that they are trained for
the system wall or custom wall being installed...."
Approved Training Centres
Regrettably at present there are no courses available.