Date: 23rd March 2023

News type: News

Application portal for competence assessments is now live

The Building Safety Competence Foundation (BSCF) has created an online portal to enable Building Control Inspectors (BCIs) to better manage their application and continued certification with the BSCF. The portal is now live and can be accessed here.

Following the recent announcements of the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) regarding BCI registration, the BSCF are in full support of these developments and are looking forward to working with the BSR and sector professionals to further advance competence and professionalism within the profession.

Early Adopters

Applicants that successfully complete a BSCF assessment prior to the launching of the BSR register of BCI’s (October 2023) will receive a 5-year Certification.

Only those candidates that have achieved certification prior to October 2023 are eligible for the 5-year Certification. All certificates issued post October 2023 will be valid for 4 years.

Those early adopters achieving certification prior to October 2023 will be required to participate in a range of assignments designed to ensure the certification schemes capture the obligations, duties and responsibilities within the changing landscape.

Initial Certification

This means, once certified as a ‘trail blazer’, you may be required to participate in a range of assignments to coincide with the deadline for the ‘Continual Competence and Eligibility Report’ (CCER).


Three months prior to the certificate anniversary in year 5, the second CCER will be required for BSCF Certification, to assess continued eligibility and to invite candidates to sit the recertification assessment.

Assessment dates scheduled for 2023

Following feedback from candidates the BSCF are moving the competence validation assessment to an online platform.

This allows candidates to complete the assessment in their own workplace or home without compromising on the rigour or security of the assessment.
The format of the assessment will not change, it is still open book and case study scenario based, although the online format will offer additional functionality and opportunity to provide a more interactive and user friendly experience.

The final written/in-person assessment will take place on Wednesday 26 April (locations to be confirmed).

Online assessment dates for 2023

  • Wednesday 7th June 2023 (online assessment)
  • Monday 17th July 2023 (online assessment)
  • Wednesday 13th September 2023 (online assessment)
  • Tuesday 31st October 2023 (online assessment)
  • Wednesday 6th December 2023 (online assessment)

Building Control Inspectors can apply to validate their competence at three different levels through our new online competence portal:

  • Domestic Building Control Surveyor (Band A)
  • General Building Control Surveyor (Band B)
  • Specialist Building Control Surveyor (Band C)



  • STEP 1 – New BSCF Applicants ONLY - you will need to register for an account, once  complete, you will receive an email to validate your account and commence the application process. Please use the Candidate Portal - User Guide and Supplementary Information, which is located on our website under Useful Resources.

Existing BSCF Candidates - If you have previously applied for a competence assessment, OR have taken the LABC FSHRB assessment, please contact to be advised of your existing log in details and how to proceed with portal access and to review your details.

  • STEP 2 – Your application will be reviewed once all the relevant information has been submitted and you will be notified by the BSCF team if further information is required or that you are approved to sit the assessment.
  • STEP 3 – You can review your candidate profile at any time for updates.
  • STEP 4 – Once approved, to book your assessment, please liaise with the BSCF team by emailing, and they will arrange to book your preferred assessment date.

Should you have any problems accessing the portal, please email

BSCF Competence Portal Live – Click to APPLY

BSCF (Community Interest Company)

Provides independence and impartiality when assessing and validating the competence of the building control profession.

The competence assessments have been developed to enable experienced building control surveyors to demonstrate their competence in relation to building regulations.

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