Date: 19th February 2024

News type: News

The Building Safety Competence Foundation (BSCF) is a not-for-profit organisation set up by LABC to deliver competence validation for those responsible for the regulation, design, construction and maintenance of our built environment.

The fast-approaching deadline of 6 April 2024 for the registration of the building control profession has led to a surge in applications to the BSCF and the other available assessment schemes. Unfortunately, many applications are coming in at the last minute.

Together, we have already validated the competence of many experienced, technically skilled building control surveyors from across England and many more who will be joining them before the deadline.

Indeed, there are over 500 surveyors being assessed by the BSCF in the coming three weeks, all of whom will receive their results in time for the 6 April deadline. We are aware that the other two independent assessment schemes are working equally hard to ensure that those surveyors who have applied are assessed in time.

We would actively encourage all building control surveyors to make their application to the Building Safety Regulator as soon as possible.

Applications to sit the BSCF assessment can then be made via the BSCF application portal.

Building Control Inspectors can apply for competence assessments in one of three classes:

  • Domestic Building Control Surveyor (aligned with BSR Class 2)
  • General Building Control Surveyor (aligned with BSR Class 2)
  • Specialist Building Control Surveyor (aligned with BSR Class 3)

You can find out more about the assessment and application process by watching this detailed video guidance.

UKAS accreditation is something that BSCF feels it is important to achieve, and it is the only validation scheme to make this commitment to independent accreditation.

We can confirm UKAS has completed the assessment of BSCF which has resulted in a positive recommendation for granting accreditation. We are expecting to receive the grant of accreditation in the very near future following completion of the final steps in the process.

The competence assessment and validation of any individual is not dependent in any way on this process.

Developers, architects and clients concerned about the availability of building control services should be reassured that the BSCF is doing everything it can to ensure that as many surveyors as possible have had their competence validated by the deadline date, so that oversight of projects is unaffected.

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