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The Building Controls Professional Assessment – BCPA

  • The BCPA for the controls sector
  • Demonstrating know-how and professionalism to customers
  • Reassurance for specifiers
  • Promoted to the wider construction industry
  • Developing a strong controls and BEMS sector by raising standards
  • Designed to assess practical ability and professional knowledge
  • Practical and written test
  • Designed to become the `AM2` for the controls sector
  • Built by the controls sector for the controls sector the combined BCPA and ECS Card
  • New Building Controls Engineer card with the BCPA logo
  • Demonstrate your achievements
  • Show that your business sets high standards BCIA and ECS announce new site card for building controls engineers with BCPA

The Electro-technical Certification Scheme (ECS) is working with the BCIA to introduce the new card for controls engineers who have taken and passed the new Building Controls Professional Assessment (BCPA).

The Assessment was launched early in 2015 and is aimed at apprentices completing their NVQ in BEMS, and also practising controls engineers who wish to demonstrate their expertise in BEMS as well as practical site skills.

David Thomas, ECS strategic development manager, says: “ECS supports the BCIA’s aim of gaining greater recognition for the specialist skills and knowledge of building controls engineers. In light of this, we have taken steps to develop our card scheme to reflect the introduction of the BCPA.”

The ECS is administered by the Joint Industry Board (JIB) and the Scottish JIB. The ECS card scheme is recognised by main contractors, and many controls engineers already hold one of its cards.

It is increasingly difficult to gain access to sites without a professional card of this type which indicates qualifications achieved as well as health and safety skills. The cards are also being used for site security purposes.

BCIA Training Manager Steve Harrison says: “We are very keen to ensure that those who take the time and effort to undertake the BCPA are recognised as meeting an agreed level of competence. The controls sector is very active at the moment, and we feel it is important that contractors and end-users can readily identify those engineers who can complete tasks safely, efficiently and effectively. The new card will help with that aim.”

The card will be available from the ECS and those who wish to take the Building Controls Professional Assessment can do so by booking directly with the dedicated test centre at Clarkson Evans in Gloucester.
See the BCIA website www.bcia.co.uk under the ‘BCPA’ tab for full details – including the BCPA candidate self-assessment questionnaire.