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Rail Plant Competence Update for Machine Controller / Crane Controller Holders - 24.08.2015

Who does this affect?

What is changing?

It has been identified that the competences for large numbers of Machine Controller’s and / or Crane Controllers are due to expire on the 25 September 2015 and that certain individuals competences have exceeded the mandated validity (re-assessment) period. Network Rail has agreed a 12 month extension for those individuals whose competences will expire on the 25 September 2015 and this will be effective from 11 September 2015.

All extended competence holders will be required to go through re-assessment within this extension period and Primary Sponsors shall use their own competence management system to prioritise their employee’s assessments. As part of the agreed assurance process, Primary Sponsors must demonstrate that they have provided a re-assessment for the percentage of their staff within the timeframe below as quarterly reports will be generated to monitor progress.

For a link to the official communication piece provided to sponsors please click here.

Difficulties with uploading assessments into Sentinel

Network Rail has removed the 8 week time restriction period for re-assessment prior to the competence expiry date. The renewal assessment can be completed at any point after the first 8 weeks of the competency start date without restriction. Some training and assessment providers have flagged up difficulties that they are experiencing with uploading the assessments into Sentinel. Although a competence assessment, this will still need to be administrated as a Training Notification. For a link to the supporting user guide for uploading OTP re-certification assessments please click here. If your assessor’s name does not appear in your organisations drop down box, or you believe there to be a missing capability please contact NSARE.

Note: There are no changes to the competence framework or training material supporting the machine and crane controller competences, and all other competency / assessment requirements remain unaffected by this change.


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