What are the benefits of a central register and single end point assessment for certification?
‘Single source’ of assured excellence – If a plethora of ‘registers’ is allowed to come into existence with specific commercial interests, we risk a clear risk of a race to the bottom, not least due to some new practitioners choosing the quickest/easiest register to certify them against the forthcoming PAS. A single ‘Not for Profit’ register will also avoid any ‘commercial’ interests and the risk of registrants moving to alternative registers following complaints, breaches of the code of conduct or not meeting their ongoing competence maintenance obligations.
Greater assurance for BSR, accountable person and residents – if potential BSMs were not to be on the Building Safety Alliance’s register, additional checks will need to be done by the AP (or BSM organisation for the Nominated Individual) to ensure competence criteria are met. These additional checks would need to be demonstrated to the BSR who would require more time to review the application submitted. Residents can also assure themselves on the competence of the BSM responsible for their building. Guidance in regard to the competence of BSMs will also be afforded to the new generation of ‘lay’-individuals who will fall into the role of AP due to other government policy in regard to proposed leasehold and commonhold etc reforms.
Simplifying the process, reduce bureaucracy and more cost effective – the register can be anticipated to reduce the APs burden of proof to demonstrate the BSMs competence, cutting back application time. It will also enable the AP to seek competitive quotations for the role, without needing to compromise on competence and organisational capability. When also expanding its scope to include wider contractors and suppliers working in, on and around HRBs, The Building Safety Alliance’s register will significantly reduce the burden on the BSM to assure themselves that all work and maintenance undertaken on HRBs is undertaken by competent people.
Dynamic source of information – the register would ensure information will be kept up to date as it would engage with the certification scheme(s) to ensure those on the register maintain their certification criteria. This function will not be carried out by the Building Safety Regulator.
Clarity on single competence standard and single assessment benchmark, whilst allowing multitude of upskilling providers to deliver any upskilling that may be required.