Changes to CITB’s assessment of managers and professionals aim to reflect the evolving needs of today’s industry
CITB has announced changes to its health, safety and environment test for managers and professionals (HS&E MAP).
The changes will be supported by the launch of updated revision materials for candidates.
The HS&E MAP test assesses that candidates know how to keep themselves and those around them safe and healthy, while maintaining respect for the environment.
In November 2021, CITB surveyed 10,000 managers and professionals across the UK who had taken the HS&E MAP test in the previous two years.
They were offered the opportunity to provide feedback, with the insight used as part of a review, leading to the inclusion of six new additional subjects:
- Mental health
- Occupational health governance
- Behavioural safety
- New technologies
- Improving legislative compliance
Further changes to the test include updating existing questions and adding new ones, as well as updating the corresponding revision materials.
The new test is also available for candidates to take in Welsh, a significant milestone in CITB’s commitments to the Welsh Language Scheme and increasing accessibility.
Tim Balcon, CITB chief executive, said: “Our purpose is to support the construction industry in developing and maintaining a safe, skilled, and competent workforce, both now and in the future.
"To do that, we must move with the times to ensure our tests remain relevant – it’s about keeping people safe.”
HS&E MAP test certification is a key requirement for obtaining major CSCS cards, including:
- Black card (manager level 5/6/7)
- White card (professionally qualified person (PQP) card)
- White card (academically qualified person (AQP) card).
Garry Mortimer, CSCS head of operations, said: “CSCS is pleased to have worked with CITB over the revision of its MAP test to help ensure that it meets our minimum standard required, which it does, ensuring that those individuals who take the test have the appropriate levels of knowledge and skills to carry out their role safely and to keep others safe in the process.”
The changes will come into effect from 27 June. If candidates are taking the test on or after this date, they will need to ensure that they are using the new revision materials.
Visit the CITB website to book a test or find out more on the HS&E MAP test changes.