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The two day Temporary Works Coordinator Training Course (TWCTC) is designed to assist those on site who have responsibility for managing all forms of temporary works. The Temporary Works Coordinator course has been designed to give confidence to senior management, and to ensure that those who engage contractors have an assessed standard of knowledge.
The Temporary Works Coordinator course is supported by a number of organisations including Temporary Works Forum CECA, Build UK, HSE and FMB, which enables transferability of the training within industry.
Temporary works are safety and business-critical and require careful co-ordination. An accepted way of achieving this is through the adoption of the management process outlined in BS 5975, which introduces the temporary works coordinator (TWC) as a key figure. This course explains the role and the overall management context within which it sits. Please be aware there is a recent updated BS 5975: 2019 standard in which the CITB are currently updating all courses to reflect the changes - see 'more details' tab for key principle changes.
High risk can occur on small as well as larger sites hence, understanding the essentials of good safety risk management, as outlined in BS5975, is relevant for projects of all sizes.
This course will give the delegate thorough knowledge of the Temporary Works Coordinator role, However, this does not alone make a delegate competent, as this requires other attributes e.g. experience.
This course is not a temporary works awareness course. It is only concerned with the process of co-ordination of temporary works, commonly expressed through the role of the Temporary Works Coordinator. Attendance does not confer competency as a Temporary Works Coordinator.
To ensure that all those given temporary works co-ordinating responsibilities understand:
• the need for and duties of a TWC
• the role of others
• the BS5975 in respect of this role.
• The importance of the ‘4Cs’: communication, co-ordination, co-operation and competency
• the need for risk management:
At the end of the course delegates will be able to:
• understand the duties of a TWC and the role of others
• have detailed knowledge and understanding of the BS 5975
• understand how to manage risk
• implement the ‘4Cs’ effectively in the workplace
There are no formal entry requirements; however, delegates should hold or be about to hold the role of a Temporary Works Co-ordinator.
The minimum number of delegates per course is 4. The maximum number of delegates per course is 20. These are stipulated by the awarding body and are not subject to appeal.
Assessment will be by multiple choice questions at the end of the course. Delegates are also expected to be interactive during the course.
The examination paper is compulsory and consists of 25 multiple choice questions selected by CITB.
It forms the basis of assessment as to whether or not a delegate has successfully achieved a satisfactory Level of understanding to be awarded the Temporary Works Coordinator Training Course (TWCTC) certificate.
The examination lasts for 30 minutes and must be completed within this time.
The examination is open book.
The examination pass mark is 72%.
Where a delegate has achieved 64%-68% in the examination, the delegate may re-sit the multiple-choice examination by attending another course on the final day, and subsequent arrangements will be at the delegate’s own expense.
The training provider must make arrangements with the delegate and ensure that the same examination paper is not used twice.
Should a delegate fail the re-sit, they will be required to take the full two day TWCTC again, or will be offered an alternative course which is considered to match the delegate’s level of knowledge and understanding.
You will receive a CITB TWCTC Certificate valid for 5 years. It takes approximately 6-8 weeks for the CITB to issue certification.
The natural progression from this course would be to attend either the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) or Directors Role for Health and Safety (DRHS) course where duties allow.
Course Publications and materials
It is mandatory for all delegates to have a comprehensive understanding of BS 5975:2008 + A1:2011. Ideally delegates should have a copy of BS 5975; however, their own organisation’s procedures and guidance on temporary works may be more suitable for reference during the course.
The TWf have summarised the 2019 update as follows:
BS 5975: 2019 revises Sections 1 and 2 of the 2011 version. The principal changes are:
Details about the procedures which clients, permanent works designers and temporary works designers should adopt have been added.
The standard has been updated to take account of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, particularly in respect of the interface between the design of permanent works and the design of temporary works.
Terms and definitions have been updated.
The principal contractor’s temporary works coordinator (PC’s TWC) retains overall responsibility for the temporary works on the site, but where another contractor manages their own temporary works within that site, they have their own procedures and appoint their own TWC.
NOTE: It should be noted that the changes in this revision affect Sections 1 and 2 only, and that Section 3 remains unchanged (excepting Clause 16.3.5, Fatigue).