The construction sector is one of the main drivers of the EU’s economy. Despite major efforts in harmonising and standardization of qualification and training procedures across the EU, the competence level of sustainability experts and the underlying training and education contents varies significantly between the Member States. The H2020 TRAIN4SUSTAIN project fostered a common understanding of sustainable competencies across Europe developing a Competence Quality Standard (CQS), on which this CWA is based, in sustainable building for facilitating transnational recognition of learning outcomes and competence levels of existing qualifications and vocational training. The CQS is a tool to evaluate, scoring and report in a comparable and harmonised way the level of competence, skills and knowledge of white and blue collars in sustainable building. The CQS is a tool useful to stimulate demand for competent construction sector professionals by raising the acceptance of sustainability qualifications in the EU construction market. To this end, comparability of qualifications and competencies is key for increased transparency and penetration power in the market, avoiding confusion and uncertainty. The TRAIN4SUSTAIN CQS intends to be a tool to facilitate the request of qualified professionals and blue collars by public administrations and private clients and to valorise with a transparent common “reporting” system the competencies acquired through training courses and experience in the field.
The final CWA document, which was drawn up with the involvement of various partners and international experts with the coordination of iiSBE Italia R&D and the UNI secretariat, has now been published for a public consultation phase, useful for collecting further contributions.
Click here to download the document and send your comments by September 8th.