The Engineering-Manufacturing Committee members of ACostE in 2008 were pushing to have a tiered accreditation process, and developed an outline process which was agreed in principle by the ACostE council in 2009.
Following a review of the Project Control National Occupational Standards it was felt with some slight modifications and additions these could be used to broaden the sectors that could make use of the standards, and it was decided to underpin the "Tiered Accreditation Process" using these National Occupational Standards.
Also around this time the ECITB asked ACostE to become involved in an estimating working group for the engineering construction industry sector. It was concluded the Project Control, NVQ standards slightly modified would meet their need.
We then needed to gain agreement to the proposed revisions to the national occupational standards which in 2009 were about to undergo considerable change, arising from the Government QCF initiative, to harmonise qualifications in the UK (see Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries). This process took most of 2010 and resulted in a more comprehensive set of QCF Occupational standards, this took until early 2011 before the level 5 standards were approved and in the national framework.
These level 5 standards are the foundation to our Tiered accreditation process.
In the Background the British Chemical Engineering Contractors Association BCECA has been continually pushing ACostE for tiered accreditiation of Project Control professionals through to Chartered status, to demonstrate to their clients how good their staff are. This website delivers this through to incorporated status as agreed with BCECA, with the aim of the ACostE finding a way to award chartered as phase 2 in the programme.
In the meantime the Certified Professional status is benchmarked to meet Chartered requirements against the Engineering Council standards, as the ACostE is not currently licensed to use the Chartered title at this stage for non engineering based professionals.