18th May 2018.
As you are aware Competency is and remains and ongoing necessity of our industry. Competency continues to be at the fore front of client’s minds and we are being asked to prove contractors competency on a regular basis. This area is constantly reviewed by operating companies and IMCA, as the end client insist on competency structures in place within the contractual arrangements. We are now appearing to be moving into a very buoyant stage in our industry cycle and we feel the question of competency will continue and be insisted upon. The frame work is constantly reviewed by the IMCA core committee and we understand there could be an update to R005 over the course of the year. (We will keep you abreast of any changes)
The majority of experienced freelance personnel would have some form of competency in place, whether it be from previous employment or through a freelance scheme like MTCS. We would encourage personnel to continue with their competency, whether it’s a continuation of a current level or progression to next level.
To this end, I would suggest and if you are not already doing so, obtaining regular appraisals and gathering supporting evidence on an ongoing basis rather than as and when required. I.e. if a main lift re-term is completed on your trip, obtain evidence at this time, as this may be a task not completed on every trip (you hope!!).
I feel taking a proactive approach to competency can only benefit and ultimately only aid in obtaining work. We will continue to update the grids/ CV and hold supporting evidence (appraisals ect) as you work through PROFF’s and we remain available to assist were needed.
Best regards, PROFF’S.