Yes on successful completion of the EWR programme delivered by an approved EWR provider they will issue a certificate of competence for the company detailing the areas they have been assessed against and what is covered by the certificate.
Yes on successful completion of the EWR programme delivered by an approved EWR provider they will issue a certificate of participation for the individual(s) detailing the areas they have been assessed against and what is covered by the certificate.
Yes each certificate issued will have an expiry date clearly shown on the certificate. This is likely to be up to 5 years from issue but will be dependant on various conditions the EWR provider will be able to provide additional information.
It will always be down to the individual Certification Bodies to decide what evidence they will or will not accept in accordance with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065. The EWR certificates will have a transparent and robust quality assured process of delivery and how the process works. Any Certification Body choosing not to accept the output can be asked for a detailed explanation on the reasoning behind the failure to accept. The scheme shall work with all Certification Bodies to endeavour to resolve any issue that may prevent the certificates being accepted.
A company should be competent in the activities it undertakes. Assurance is at the very heart of the Scheme in order to provide a level of protection to the consumers.
Every application for an EWR is bespoke and therefore a generalisation of cost vs qualification cannot be fairly determined. It is envisaged that - where a company applying to undertake an EWR option has minimal experience and/or no formal evidence of competence against the criteria, the expense of the undertaking may well be in excess of an alternative qualifications route. Where a company applying to undertake an EWR option and has detailed quality evidence and experience, the route is likely to be a lower cost than the qualification route.
Experienced Workers Route (EWR)
The EWR option provides a method for a company without specific qualifications to demonstrate within a robust framework that they can be considered competent against set criteria for the activities they undertake.
No there must be a complete separation between the EWR provider and the Certification Body selected to undertake the evaluation of compliance against the Scheme.
No if your company is successful and you achieve an EWR certificate this demonstrates that the EWR provider believes your company has demonstrated competence against the criteria of the route you have applied for. You will still have to apply and demonstrate compliance against the Scheme requirements, just as you would if you held specific qualifications.
This is probably where the EWR option can assist the most. Your EWR certificate will be affected, the EWR provider will provide the details of this and how, as a company, you are required to resolve the situation. Timescales and actions have been considered and there are a number of ways in which a company can replace the skills set of the individual who left to ensure ongoing compliance and competence under the EWR.
No, although undertaken by individuals the route was preliminary designed for the company.
No, wherever possible there is a selection of criteria and a methodology in place, however, there are some areas such as Gas that cannot be currently collected under an EWR route.
No, although the criteria is designed to be the same as the criteria covered by the qualifications, the assessment methodology and collection of evidence is based on a company and therefore the individual demonstrations and achievements are forming part of the larger collection of evidence. Any issuing of Individual competences in the form of a qualification would be inappropriate.
No, although a company attempting to go through an EWR route without any qualifications and or formal evidence of experience should thoroughly review the cost and time implications involved as the EWR route is likely not to be the preferred option for them.