Many bodies and institutions within the construction industry have
identified a developing issue in the form of a skills shortage, caused
mainly through an ageing population and weak pipeline of new recruits.
Those sectors of the industry which use post-installed anchors for
concrete and masonry, particularly for safety critical anchors, are not
immune to this challenge.
To install construction anchors and fixings correctly and safely,
requires a high level of knowledge and expertise from those operatives
carrying out the installation of the anchors and the staff supervising these
Currently, these skill levels are not sufficiently high within the
This situation is one that the Construction Fixings Association is highly
aware of and in line with the key objectives of the association to raise
standards of safety and quality, the association have determined to work
with key stakeholders to provide support in this area, and as the leading
independent voice in the industry, the CFA leads the way in providing a
range of training specific to Construction Fixings, and in particular Safety
Critical Construction Fixings.
THE CFA TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM
To provide education, information and advice to industry stakeholders the
CFA has introduced a program to achieve these goals.
- CPD seminars and presentations
These technical presentations are delivered to all stakeholders and cover
all technical aspects of anchors and the processes for safe selection and
installation for the functions of design, selection, procurement,
installation and testing of post-installed anchors.
Most seminars qualify for Continued Professional Development hours.
- Certified Training Courses
The training courses CFA currently deliver are for:-
- Proof Testers
- Advanced Testers
These courses cover a number of levels of competence
BASIC LEVEL – STRONG LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
This level delivers the training through an e learning platform and
provides comprehensive content for all aspects of the course involved and
fully aligns with the requirements of BS8539:2012
This platform is designed to deliver a flexible, time-effective method of
training, which will achieve high levels of knowledge for the candidates.
The Course Modules have been created in such a way that a course can be
completed in a single session, or in “bite sized” sections, to fit in around
other priorities. The system allows previous elements to be reviewed prior
to completing further elements of the module. Candidates will have a 10 week
window to complete a specified module, before the module is timed out.
Upon completion of the module and achieving the minimum required result
in the final assessment, candidates will be awarded the appropriate
certificate of achievement valid for 3 years.
ADVANCED LEVEL – STRONG LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING & ASSESSED
This level delivers the training through face to face interaction in a
suitable venue for learning and practical experience.
In group sizes appropriate to the specific Training Course, this type of
intervention provides a complete learning experience. With detailed content
presented in the classroom and practical “hands on” experience provided
utilising real life products and equipment.
To ensure common standards are achieved, pre-reading material is provided
and a pre-assessment made to create a good balance of understanding prior to
Upon completion of the course and achieving the minimum required result
in the final assessment, and meeting practical evaluation requirements,
candidates will be awarded the appropriate training Certificate valid for 3
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