More ‘Introducing Highfield’ events for CIEH centres

Highfield Qualifications is holding a final series of ‘Introducing…’ events for CIEH centres looking to make the switch.

From this April, the CIEH will no longer be offering regulated qualifications and will be withdrawing its status as an awarding organisation. As a result, Highfield has been holding briefings for those centres that want to continue delivering regulated qualifications and are exploring ways of doing this. 

Each breakfast briefing lasts two hours and will provide further information on the benefits of being an approved Highfield centre, our policies and values, as well as guidance on our registration process. 

Dates and locations are: 

  • Thursday 6 April 2017 – Cheadle 
  • Wednesday 12 April 2017 – Maidstone 
  • Thursday 13 April 2017 – Taunton 
  • Thursday 25 April 2017 – Belfast 

What you can expect on the day: 

  • details on how to switch from CIEH to Highfield, plus our support during that process and afterwards
  • overview of the qualifications we offer, and are planning to offer 
  • information on our FREE centre registration for CIEH customers 
  • guidance on moving qualifications over to the Register of Qualifications Framework (RQF)
  • examples of associated training materials from Highfield International 
  • the opportunity to network with training providers 

And of course, you’ll get the chance to meet the Highfield team and some of our subject matter experts face-to-face, ask questions and give us your views on what you want to see from a responsive awarding organisation in terms of service, qualifications and products. 

To book yourself and/or your colleagues on to this event, please visit here.

Alternatively, you can secure your place by calling us on 0845 226 0350/01302 363277 or by emailing events@highfieldabc.com . Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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We hope that you can join us for what is sure to be an extremely informative event.

 

Updates to legionella qualifications

Legionella HABC imageHABC has recently undertaken a full review of its legionella qualifications to ensure they still meet the requirements of the industry, our regulators, our Centres and, of course, the learners taking these qualifications.

We have taken this opportunity to make improvements to the assessment pack and increase the guidance supplied to Centres in relation to the delivery, assessment and internal quality assurance (IQA) processes required for these qualifications.

New assessment materials
The assessment packs and accompanying tutor, assessor and IQA (TAI) packs have been updated, so some of the tasks are now even more relevant to learners. Additionally, more guidance has been provided on acceptable answers from learners, as has further guidance on delivery options, assessment and quality assurance processes.

The updated documents for both the assessment and TAI packs have now been placed on the relevant qualification pages on the HABC website. Please note that you will need to be signed into the website with your membership profile to be able to access them.

The assessment and TAI packs for each of our legionella qualifications are available via the links below:

It is recommended that Centres running any of these legionella qualifications start using these new packs immediately.

If you have any queries relating to the contents of this email, please contact your account manager who will be pleased to help.

50% discount on courses from Water Conditioning Services UK Training Academy

50% discountThe Water Conditioning Services UK Training Academy has announced that it is going to be working in partnership with Cogent Skills and the Science Industry Partnership to offer eligible companies a upto a 50% discount on the training costs for each learner enrolling on its programmes.

The provider, which is a HABC Approved Centre, is offering the discount on a number of programmes, including the HABC Level 2 Award in Legionella Awareness (QCF) and the HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF).

The Science Industry Partnership is an employer-led initiative designed to enable science and engineering-based businesses to develop their existing workforce.

For more information and to assess your eligibility, click here  or email trainingcourses@bvwater.co.uk

Gold Standard for Water Conditioning Services UK Training Academy

water conditioning servicesThe Water Conditioning Services UK Training Academy was celebrating in May after being awarded one of the top accolades for training in the science-based sector.

The Daventry-based organisation, which is a HABC Approved Centre, was recognised as a Cogent Gold Standard Training Provider for its high standards and commitment to quality learning in life-sciences and water treatment sectors.

Cogent skills are an employer-led organisation, which uses government funding to meet the skills gaps within the sector through working in partnership to design fit for purpose apprenticeships, formal qualifications and training courses. The accolade of being awarded a Gold Standard by Cogent Skills firmly positions the Training Academy as a centre of choice in the delivery of science based training solutions.

Being awarded the Gold Standard by Cogent Skills marks Water Conditioning Services UK Training Academy out as one of the centres of choice for delivery for the delivery of science-based training solutions.

The Water Conditioning Services UK Training Academy (formerly B & V Training Academy) provides robust, formal training in controlling water-borne pathogens within water systems, in particular Legionella control. Water Conditioning Services UK has always firmly believed that they can best support their customers through providing comprehensive training programmes to ensure they get the most out of the services and chemicals supplied to them.

Part of the Training Academy’s commitment to delivering high quality training solutions led to partnerships with external awarding organisations, including Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) to develop brand new formal qualifications in Legionella control.

The development of new formal Ofqual accredited qualifications for legionella control has also grabbed the attention of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who have recognised the value that SUEZ environnement have provided to the industry in the development of regulated training solutions.

The Training Academy has already been recognised as finalists for a H&V News Award and a Northamptonshire Business Excellence Award last year, and were successful in winning the Medilink East Midlands Collaboration with the NHS Award.

Sarah Pallett, Head of Training Academy Water Conditioning Services UK, said, ‘The Training Academy has a clear focus and commitment to being the best provider of training and development within the water industry. As we expand our portfolio of qualifications and courses we recognise that our expertise lies firmly within the water treatment industry and will not deviate from this core provision. We are committed to working collaboratively with key stakeholders, regulators and customers to provide innovative new training solutions in water hygiene and water management’.

PRESS RELEASE – New qualifications to help tackle legionella

Legionella HABC imageA new suite of qualifications has been launched to help organisations prevent the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease and the multiplication of legionella bacteria.

Created by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) in partnership with B & V Water Treatment – the UK’s leading independent water treatment provider – the qualifications are aimed at operatives who need to have an understanding of the disease and the measures necessary to counter it.

The HABC Level 2 Award in Legionella Awareness is split into two pathways covering cooling towers/evaporative condensers and hot and cold water system, and has been designed to aid workers in environments where legionella growth is a risk and to raise awareness of the factors associates with legionella bacteria.

Both pathways cover the health effects of Legionnaires disease, the control measures that should be in place to prevent legionella multiplying to harmful levels, and how organisations can stay compliant with the updated Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8.

A HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons qualification has also been launched for those either already in the role of responsible person or aspiring to it.

It covers the effects of legionella bacteria on the body including the impact an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease would have on a working site, how to identify and control the risk associated with legionella bacteria, and how legislation and codes of practice can support its control.

It has been designed to enforce the importance of the responsible person with respect to ensuring competence of all operatives on site, in accordance with HSE ACOP L8. Both qualifications are recognised by the government’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF).

HABC Chief Executive, Jason Sprenger, said, ‘Legionella is still a real concern to many organisations and public agencies, so it is vital that staff have the skills and expertise to deal with it. These qualifications will provide workers with the knowledge and expertise needed to prevent the outbreak and spread of Legionnaires disease, and provide reassurance to staff and customers alike’.

Sarah Pallett, Training and Marketing Manager at B & V Water Treatment commented, ‘B & V Water Treatment is proud to have worked with HABC to develop this suite of qualifications in legionella control. It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that all staff are suitably trained.

Having trained, knowledgeable staff becomes particularly important when controlling the risks associated with Legionella bacteria and in meeting the regulatory requirements set out in the HSE ACOP L8. These qualifications provide employers with the confidence they need to ensure they are effectively managing the risks associated with legionella’.

The qualifications cost £13 to £16 per learner depending on the number registered, and take just one day to complete.

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NEW – qualifications to help prevent legionella

Cooling towersA new suite of qualifications has been launched to help organisations prevent the outbreak of legionnaires’ disease and multiplication of legionella bacteria.

Created by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) in partnership with B & V Water Treatment – the UK’s leading independent water treatment provider – the qualifications are aimed at operatives who need to have an understanding of the disease and the measures necessary to counter it.

The HABC Level 2 Award in Legionella Awareness (Cooling and Evaporative Condensers) (QCF) (601/2972/4) is split into two pathways covering cooling towers/evaporative condensers and hot and cold water system, and has been designed to aid workers in environments where legionella growth is a risk and to raise awareness of the factors associates with legionella bacteria.

Both pathways cover the health effects of Legionnaires disease, the control measures that should be in place to prevent legionella multiplying to harmful levels, and how organisations can stay compliant with the updated Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8.

A HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF) (600/8744/4)  qualification has also been launched for those either already in the role of responsible person or aspiring to it. It covers the effects of legionella bacteria on the body including the impact an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease would have on a working site, how to identify and control the risk associates with legionella bacteria, and how legislation and codes of practice can support its control. It has been designed to enforce the importance of the responsible person with respect to ensuring competence of all operatives on site, in accordance with HSE ACOP L8.  Both qualifications are recognised by the government’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF).

HABC Chief Executive, Jason Sprenger, said, ‘Legionella is still a real concern to many organisations and public agencies, so it is vital that staff have the skills and expertise to deal with it. These qualifications will provide workers with the knowledge and expertise needed to prevent the outbreak and spread of Legionnaires disease, and provide reassurance to staff and customers alike’.

Sarah Pallett, Training and Marketing Manager at B & V Water Treatment commented, ‘B & V Water Treatment are proud to have worked with HABC to develop this suite of qualifications in Legionella control. It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that all staff are suitably trained. Having trained, knowledgeable staff becomes particularly important when controlling the risks associated with Legionella bacteria and in meeting the regulatory requirements set out in the HSE ACOP L8. These qualifications provide employers with the confidence they need to ensure they are effectively managing the risks associated with legionella’.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details. If you are not already a HABC Approved Centre but would be interested in offering these qualifications through HABC, please call us on 0845 226 0350 or email info@highfieldabc.com

HABC Level 2 Award in Legionella Awareness (QCF)

Fee per paper per candidate
1 – 99 £16.00
100 – 249 £15.00
250 – 499 £14.00
500+ £13.00

Legionella Awareness units

Fee per paper per candidate
1 – 99 £10.00
100 – 249 £9.50
250 – 499 £9.00
500+ £8.50

HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF)

Fee per paper per candidate
1 – 49 £28.00
50 – 99 £27.00
100 – 249 £26.00
250+ £24.00