New qualification in Asbestos Laboratory & Project Management accepted by UKAS and Ofqual regulated
ATaC, the Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association, is pleased to announce the availability of the new Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) competency qualification for laboratory and project management.
This new RSPH Level 4 Certificate in Asbestos Laboratory and Project Management, which has been approved by the qualifications’ regulator Ofqual, has been designed to satisfy the LAB 30 requirement to have a designated competent person at a UKAS accredited laboratory. Therefore, it is an assessment of the skills and knowledge of managers, in both laboratory management and asbestos removal project management, to help ensure that their work is to the correct quality standard.
Steve Platkiw, Manager of ATaC, commented “After running a successful pilot last year we are pleased to be able to offer this new RSPH competency qualification. This management qualification now offers the asbestos laboratory industry an alternative route to competency, and an Ofqual regulated route.”
The qualification consists of two units; laboratory management and project management which are assessed by assignments; and a professional interview. Before candidates can undertake the qualification, they will attend an ATaC induction day for each unit, during which assignments will be set. Each unit is required to be completed in eight weeks and the first unit will need to be successfully completed before moving to the second unit. Once all assignments have been completed successfully, there is a final professional interview regarding the submitted assignments.
“We are delighted that our asbestos laboratory and project management qualification has been given equal standing to the existing certificate in competence by UKAS, and that it has been added to the Register of Regulated Qualifications” stated Richard Burton, Deputy Director (Head of Qualifications) at RSPH.
“This means candidates have access to a qualification which has been accepted by UKAS, meets the requirements of LAB 30, and is nationally recognised through Ofqual.”
More information about this qualification is available here