Qualifications for the Industry

There are three qualifications available specifically to the Steeplejack and Lightning Protection sector:

  • S/NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) Steeplejacking
  • S/NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) Lightning Conductor Engineer
  • S/NVQ Level 3 Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) Lightning Protective Systems Inspecting and Testing.

There are several ways in which companies can up-skill their existing workforce and help them to complete their S/NVQ Level 2 or Level 3, either via an Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA), On Site Assessment and Training (OSAT), or Specialist Upskilling Programme (SUP). Further information, including course outlines and details of how to apply can be found in the training information sheet.

For information on how to gain the relevant CSCS card once an operative has achieved their qualification please visit the CSCS website.

Qualifications Available Now

Do you employ operatives who achieved their CSCS card via Grandfather Rights and who do not have an S/NVQ?

If so, SLPTG has secured £420.00* of funding towards each S/NVQ (maximum of 60 NVQs) for eligible operatives. Qualifying members may also be able to claim £600.00 Achievement grant from CITB* (further information is available on the CITB website).

*Please note that only CITB levy registered will be able to claim the funding and grant.

Employers must have renewed their SLPTG membership for 2019.

Eligible candidates must meet all of the following criteria:

  • For NVQ2 – Hold a blue CSCS card Lightning Conductor Engineer and/or Steeplejack. The back of the card must state either “Industry Accreditation Route A” or “Profiled Route.”
  • For NVQ3 – Hold a gold CSCS card Lightning Conductor Engineer and/or Steeplejack. The back of the card must state either “Industry Accreditation Route B” or “Profiled Route.”
  • Are currently working within the sector
  • Are not currently registered for one of the S/NVQs listed above.

Applications from employers which do not meet the criteria above will not be eligible.

Please note that if your candidates hold blue or gold CSCS cards Lightning Conductor Engineer or Steeplejack, with “Assessed Route” on the back they are ineligible for this programme.  “Assessed Route” cards can be renewed by taking the Anchors for Steeplejacks and/or Working at Heights for Lightning Conductor Engineers one day course hosted by SLPTG.

All successful candidates will be expected to complete by 30 September 2019 or will forfeit the £420.00* subsidy.

If you and your candidate meet the criteria, please complete the Booking Request Form. You will need to decide which qualification is right for the operative and agree to the Terms and Conditions.

Once we have received your application, we will confirm whether you meet the eligibility criteria and let you know if we need any further information. If you meet the criteria and have received approval from SLPTG, you are to contact a Qualified Assessor to arrange a formal profiling session with the candidate. A list of Qualified Assessors will be provided with your approval notification. Providing the candidate meets the requirements for the NVQ, they will then be registered to the qualification.

The Qualified Assessor will agree the most appropriate route to qualification – Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA) or On Site Assessment and Training (OSAT).  Candidates will be able to suggest which route would be most suitable for them on the Booking Request Form and this will be taken into account. Further information on the routes to achieving an S/NVQ is available on the SLPTG website.

The Employer will be required to pay the Qualified Assessor their fees for carrying out the S/NVQ. Provided the operative completes the qualification, SLPTG will reimburse the Employer £420.00* after CITB has approved the claim. For more information, please see the Terms and Conditions in the Booking Request Form.

Employers will be asked to:

  • Ensure that the operative completes the S/NVQ
  • Provide the Qualified Assessor with suitable access to the operative to allow the S/NVQ to be completed
  • Pay the fees of the assessor.

Employers must return the signed Booking Request Form and commit to the Terms and Conditions before the operative will be profiled.

Once the operative has passed their S/NVQ, we will provide you with details of how to register the qualification with CSCS and apply for the relevant card.

Operatives who complete an S/NVQ will not be required to complete the compulsory Anchors for Steeplejacks or Working at Heights for Lightning Conductor Engineers’ course at the time of their next CSCS card renewal. Further information will be provided once the operative has passed the S/NVQ.

If you require further information before submitting your Booking Request Form, please contact Lucy Gaisford.


SLPTG will shortly be launching a range of e-Learning courses to support its members across the industry.  The courses available will be:

  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Essential Health and Safety
  • Lone Working Out the Workplace
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Mental Health Awareness for Managers
  • Risk Assessment
  • Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention.

Keep an eye on SLPTG’s Twitter account for the launch announcement.