Glossary of Construction Qualifications

Welcome to our comprehensive glossary guide on all qualifications, schemes, cards, tickets, licenses, awarding bodies and institutions!

This guide provides quick insights into the diverse certifications and credentials essential for building a successful career in the dynamic field of construction.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting, this guide offers valuable information about the diverse range of qualifications that can shape and elevate your career in this dynamic and vital sector.

Abbreviation Meaning Description
Agile Project management qualification See PRINCE2®
APC Assessment of Professional Competence See RICS
BIFM British Institute of Facilities Management See IWFM
BIID British Institute of Interior Design Offers professional membership to interior designers who meet their criteria for education, experience, and professional competence.
BIW British Institute of Welding Professional body and society dedicated to promoting excellence in welding and joining technologies.
C&G City and Guilds Offers a wide range of qualifications and certifications across various sectors, including construction, engineering and more.
CEng Chartered Engineer See ICE
CIBSE Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers Professional engineering institution which focuses on promoting the science and practice of building services engineering.
CIOB Chartered Institute of Building Offers a range of professional qualifications for construction management, such as the Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB) and Chartered Builder (MCIOB) designations.
CISRS Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme A scaffold-specific qualification that certifies individuals in scaffold erection, inspection, and dismantling. It covers various levels, from trainee to advanced scaffolder.
CITB Construction Industry Training Board Including Site Safety Plus: CITB offers a range of Site Safety Plus courses, including the Health and Safety Awareness course
COTS Construction Operative Training Scheme Card demonstrates that the individual has undergone basic health and safety training specific to the construction industry.
CPCS Construction Plant Competence Scheme Provides certification for individuals operating construction plant machinery, including excavators, cranes, forklifts, and more.
CSCS Construction Skills Certification Scheme CSCS cards are widely recognized proof of occupational competence in the construction industry. They cover a range of professions and skill levels, including skilled worker, supervisor, manager, and professional roles.
EAL Excellence, Acheivement & Learning Offers a wide range of qualifications and certifications across various industries, including engineering, manufacturing, and construction.
ECS Electrotechnical Certification Scheme The ECS card is a certification for individuals working in the electrotechnical industry, including electricians and electrical contractors. It verifies their technical competence and health and safety awareness.
EngTech Engineering Technician See ICE
Gas Safe Register Replaced CORGI in 2009 The official registration for gas engineers in the UK. It is a legal requirement for individuals working with gas appliances and systems to be registered with Gas Safe.
HNC Higher National Certificate Courses which are often more focused on hands-on learning, designed to provide practical skills and knowledge.
HND Higher National Diploma Practical skills and knowledge in a specific subject area, making them more vocationally oriented compared to traditional academic degrees.
ICE Institution of Civil Engineers ICE offers professional qualifications for civil engineers, including the Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and Engineering Technician (EngTech) titles. These qualifications demonstrate competence and expertise in civil engineering.
IEng Incorporated Engineer See ICE
IET Institution of Engineering and Technology To promote and advance the knowledge and practice of engineering, provide a platform for networking and collaboration among engineers, and support the professional development of its members
IMechE Institute of Mechanical Engineers One of the oldest and most prestigious professional engineering institutions in the world.
IOSH Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (construction certificates) Offers a range of construction-specific certificates, including the Managing Safely in Construction certificate, which focuses on health and safety management in the construction industry.
IPAF International Powered Access Federation Offers training and certification for operating and managing powered access equipment, such as scissor lifts, boom lifts, and mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs).
IStructE Institution of Structural Engineers Professional Qualifications: IStructE provides professional qualifications for structural engineers, including Chartered Structural Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Structural Engineer (IEng), and Engineering Technician (EngTech) titles.
ITSSAR Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register Accrediting body which provides quality assurance, certification and training for operators of industrial lifting and plant equipment.
IWFM Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management Professional body and membership organization in the United Kingdom that represents and supports facilities management professionals.
JIB Joint Industry Board See ECS
LOLER Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations A set of health and safety regulations in the United Kingdom that specifically address the use of lifting equipment in the workplace.
MCIOB Member of the Chartered Institute of Building See CIOB
MEWPs Mobile Elevating Work Platforms See IPAF
NEBOSH National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (construction certificates) Provides several construction-focused qualifications, such as the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety. These qualifications cover health and safety management in the construction sector.
NPORS National Plant Operators Registration Scheme Certification scheme in the United Kingdom that provides recognition for the skills and competence of individuals operating various types of construction plant machinery and equipment
NVQs National Vocational Qualifications Work-based qualifications that assess an individual's competence in a specific occupation. In the construction sector, NVQs are available for various trades such as bricklaying, carpentry, plumbing, electrical installation, and more.
PAL Card Powered Access Licence For operating Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWPs) or Construction Hoists (CHs).
PASMA Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association A UK organization which focuses on promoting the safe use of mobile access towers (scaffolding). PASMA provides training courses and certifications for individuals involved in the assembly, dismantling, and use of mobile access towers.
PCS Plumbing Competence Scheme See PHIE
PHIA Plumbing and Heating Industry Alliance Offers certification for plumbing and heating engineers, including the Plumbing Competence Scheme (PCS) and various specialist qualifications.
PMP Project Management Professional Certification to validate and demonstrate the competence of project managers in leading and directing projects.
PRINCE2® Projects in Controlled Environments A certification that demonstrates an individual's knowledge and understanding of the PRINCE2 project management methodology
RIBA Royal Institution of British Architects Founded in 1834, RIBA's primary mission is to promote excellence in architecture and provide support to architects throughout their careers.
RICS Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Provides several professional qualifications related to surveying, including the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) for chartered surveyors, as well as various pathway qualifications like quantity surveying, building surveying, and project management.
SMSTS Site Management Safety Training Scheme See CITB
SSSTS Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme See CITB
SVQ Scottish Vocational Qualification Vocational qualification awarded in Scotland.
TMIET Technical Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology A professional qualification that recognises individuals as competent engineering technicians who have met the standards set by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
WIAPS Water Industry Approved Plumbers Scheme Aims to ensure the competence and quality of plumbers who work on water supply systems

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