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As has always been the case, companies may look to demonstrate their competence by proving that their operatives have gained relevant qualifications or training. The publication of the competence criteria has been complemented by MCS clarifying what it considers to be a 'relevant qualification'. The Competency Checker Tool lists courses approved by the Awarding Bodies, or mapped by Summit Skills, and associates these to the competency criteria via the existing QCF units. In plain English that means these are courses that we know something about, and we can say which of the MCS competency criteria someone should meet if they have successfully completed them.

Just because a course is not listed on the Tool does not mean it is any less valid or relevant. However, because it is not yet approved by the Awarding Bodies or mapped by Summit Skills, MCS cannot state upfront which of the competence criteria it meets. If the training provider wishes to, they can contact Summit Skills to have the course mapped, and we can add it to the Tool. Alternatively, anyone who attends that training will simply need to submit detailed information to their CB about what it covered, and the CB will determine case-by-case whether it is relevant and which criteria it covered.

All existing training, courses and qualifications can be used to demonstrate competence, as before. Older qualifications can still be used too, so long as any gap where the standards have moved on can be covered by providing additional evidence to the Certification Bodies (whether additional assessment or relevant experience). Some assessment providers even offer courses specifically aimed at covering gaps from older qualifications, so that the knowledge gained in the past is easily brought up to date.

Ultimately your CB is responsible for checking that the evidence supplied gives them confidence to award certification. The on-going work within the competence criteria project should improve that ability, further making it easier to meet scheme requirements and ideally providing a more efficient way for companies to submit various forms of evidence towards demonstration of competence.

Please read the Guidance Document for further information


Independent Mapping

SummitSkills has conducted the independent mapping service on behalf of the scheme, they have announced their closure in March 2017 and consequently terminated the mapping functionality in December 2016.

MCS has been able to identify and replace that function and should any provider of Training/assessment of qualifications wish to have their product recognised for inclusion within the MCS CCT, please contact the MCS helpdesk.

Please read the Guidance Document for further information