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Competence Frameworks

Current Competence Frameworks in review

Available for a 30 day consultation on the development work. An opportunity for wider industry feedback on the proposed Competence Framework.

What are Competence Frameworks?

Competence Frameworks will set out the core competence criteria for multiple occupations across the built environment. They are made up of the Competence Standards and a training pathway.

  • The Competence Standard will set out the core Skills, Knowledge, Experience and Behaviour statements a person needs to meet to be deemed competent in a particular occupation and shows the training available to support those competencies.
  • The Training Pathway will highlight the qualification routes available for a person to achieve a level of competence.

Why is a Competence Framework needed for the construction industry?

As the Building Safety Act comes into effect, individuals will be required to prove that they are competent to do the job that they are on-site to do, so it is imperative that we have competence defined for all (in scope) roles. Whilst the Building Safety Act currently focuses on those working on high-risk buildings (HRBs), CITB will also consult with industry to develop Competence Frameworks for up to 130 occupations within the built environment.

Competence Frameworks will help improve competence by providing clarity and consistency across the industry with links to accredited qualifications and approved training, supporting the important strategy for addressing the skills demand.

What does a Competence Framework do for construction?

Once the working groups have the Competence Standard defined and their Training Pathways are mapped out, the framework can be put together. From this work an implementation plan can be developed which will help CITB to support industry and address any gaps.

Competence Frameworks Development

Working Group (WGs) requirements and typical timescales:

  • industry experts familiar with the occupation
  • approximately once or twice a month via Teams
  • face-to-face meetings if preferred by working groups
  • meetings can be from one to three hours (in agreement with the working group)
  • some surveys, pre-reading or reviewing documents after meetings is required

On average, Competency Framework reviews run from six to nine months. Digital Offline consultation (through email or survey) is offered for people who are time limited but want to be part of the consultation and have their say.

A further 30-day consultation on the development work will be available for wider sector feedback.

What do the Standards Team do?

The Standards Team supports all development and review work by carrying out the following:

  • initial research
  • arranging meetings
  • facilitating meetings
  • collating meeting notes and actions
  • producing documents for working group members to review
  • collating feedback for working group review
  • working closely with industry experts and stakeholders to ensure the content of standards meets the needs of the construction industry.

The dedication and experience of working group members enables CITB to develop the Competence Frameworks which support the construction industry to have a skilled, competent, and inclusive workforce now and in the future.

If you would like to join a working group or want to know more, please contact the Standards Team on standards.qualifications@citb.co.uk.

2023-2024 Competence Framework developments

  • Construction Site Supervisor
  • Insulation and Building Treatments
  • Occupational Work Supervisor
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Plastering
  • Roofing (Retrofit)
  • Site Carpentry
  • Trowel Occupations / Bricklaying
  • Wall and Floor Tiling