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Value of cladding pilot certification scheme confirmed

12 July 2021

An independent cladding installation certification pilot scheme developed by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) has shown its effectiveness.

It has been created to address concerns over cladding remediation quality and has shown an 11% rise in operatives' knowledge of rainscreen cladding systems, according to the Construction Management report.

The initiative is part of the NFRC's RoofCERT scheme and funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

It was launched last year with the intention of providing supporting evidence for the introduction of an accreditation scheme.

The initial trial was held at the training centre of SPV Group, Walsall, last June to examine whether instruction from trained supervisors could lead to raised quality of cladding installations.

It included an initial, multiple-choice test to assess current knowledge and understanding of rainscreen cladding for five operatives.

Following this, attendees received practical and theory training, including instruction in both behavioural modules and technical installation requirements.

Their trainer provided feedback to each operative to confirm their areas of strongest performance and also where improvement was required.

The final test at the end of the course showed their knowledge level had increased by 11% and each operative gave the course top marks in their feedback and stated they would recommend it to others.

In addition to further initiatives with SPV Group, the NFRC is planning more pilot schemes with other cladding companies.

Its findings will be shared with the CITB and used to confirm the need for and development of an accreditation scheme for rainscreen cladding supervisors.

The need for cladding remediation has featured in the national media following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, with many residents of high-rise buildings stating the difficulties resulting from issues relating to cladding.

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