Regarding the construction skills certification scheme (NCE 17 June) I would like to clarify a number of points.
No one is exempt from CSCS cards and they have been required for entry onto a construction site for some time now. Contractors are obliged to have 'occasional' visitors cards available for those who do not possess one.
NVQ level 5 is not the equivalent of a degree. It generally requires an attainment of knowledge and a demonstration of competence beyond that expected of a chartered engineer.
The grandfather rights period for designers does not expire until August 2005. However, grandfather rights for sitespecific trades such as site managers and supervisors did expire on 17 June 2004.
The professional route is available to all current ICE members, MICE, and can be used once grandfather rights have expired. Those fulfilling job roles where no NVQ exists can apply for a frequent visitors card until an appropriate NVQ is created.
Full details can be found on www. ice. org. uk Niall O'Hea, professional development manager, ICE, 1 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA