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H&S test contract changes hands

30 Sep 11 US company Prometric has lost its contract to carry out health and safety tests for CITB-ConstructionSkills and been replaced by Pearson VUE, part of the Pearson group that owns the Financial Times.

Prometric had been running the test since its introduction in 2001. Last year more than 500,000 construction workers sat it. On average, a test is booked every 60 seconds.

The health and safety test is an essential pre-requisite for gaining Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards.

CITB-ConstructionSkills said that Pearson VUE had won the contract through a standard tender process. The exclusive multi-year agreement with Pearson VUE starts in April 2012.

The new provider has 140 test centres - Pearson Professional Centres - throughout the UK.

CITB-ConstructionSkills product delivery manager Chris Little said: “Getting construction businesses at all levels to engage with health and safety is something which CITB-ConstructionSkills is keen to continue by listening to industry and developing its existing products and services to fit sector requirements.”

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