The CIF has launched a new Verification of Competency card, which is being issued to people who complete CIF Training or Health & Safety courses.
The Construction Industry Federation Verification of Competency smart card, developed by Irish firm QualEpass, uses cloud-based technology to provide employers with instant verification of worker qualifications and credentials.
When a worker completes a CIF course, their CIF certificate is uploaded onto their Construction Industry Federation Verification of Competency smart card account. The card can be scanned by employers using a smartphone that has the QualEpass app to verify the worker’s status and credentials. Alternatively, a unique identifier number can be provided to employers to check the worker’s status online or on the QualEpass app.
“QualEpass is here to support construction firms and employees by providing a convenient cloud-based solution to store and manage work credentials,” says James Daly, Managing Director, QualEpass. “This simplifies the verification process for employees and employers.
“We also consulted with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner when developing the smart card to ensure that it is GDPR compliant.”
Dermot Carey, CIF Director, Manpower & Training, says the introduction of the smart card will significantly improve verification of qualifications when workers come to a site, benefitting both workers and CIF member companies.
“CIF recognises the importance of ongoing training and development for those working in the Construction Industry,” says Dermot Carey, “We want to ensure that workers can easily verify their competence and qualification for the work required of them. The introduction of the Construction Industry Federation Verification of Competency Smart Card is an important step in simplifying and streamlining this process for worker and employer, as it enables workers to easily demonstrate that they have the required credentials for the job.”
On completion of a course, CIF upload and securely store all CIF certificates to the QualEpass cloud-based storage facility. The worker is also issued with an original hard copy for their files. The Verification of Competency Smart Card then provides one location to access digital copies of each set of CIF certificates. When the worker presents their smart card, the employer scans and draws down the certification from the cloud via the secure QualEpass app. Alternatively, employers can check certification by inputting a unique identifier number, which is provided by the worker, into the app or online web portal.
This makes it fast and easy to show CIF certificates to a third party, if necessary. The smart card system also has the capacity to issue timely reminders of soon-to-expire certificates. E-mail reminders can be sent automatically when a certificate is coming due for renewal.
To learn more about the Construction Industry Federation Verification of Competency Smart Card visit https://ciftraining.ie/cif-verification-of-competencycard