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Who needs a certificate of competency?
All technical staff working in Ashghal projects is required to be technically certified with specific competency level that enable the achievements of the assigned task in a competent way. The scope of Ashghal certification program includes all technical staff and engineers working in Ashghal projects contracts, supervision consultants, contractors and testing laboratories.

Ø  Contractors

Contractors Should View Training as an Investment in Success, Contractors must continually seek out new information, learn from others and take advantage of training opportunities as often as they can to remain competitive.” Those construction contractors who are most successful view training as a necessary and beneficial investment in their business and point to numerous reasons why the investment is worthwhile:

  • Improves safety – They acknowledge that the safety of their workers is critical. The right training can ensure that the equipment is operated correctly and that health and safety practices are being followed in the workplace.
  • Improves productivity – It makes sense and is proven that well-trained employees are more confident in their abilities to perform their work. The right training gives workers the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their work to the best of their ability, thus increasing productivity and quality of the results.
  • Keeps current with technology – The pace of technology changes and advancements in construction come fast and furious. Regular training means the business and employees don’t get left behind and they stay working at their best, both today and in the future.
  • Attracts and retains key employees – In today’s market, contractors cannot afford to hire or carry workers who are not competent or are firmly on a path to proficiency. Training and development programs not only attract workers, they can engage current employees and keep them committed to the company.
  • Gives company and workers the edge – Training employees can provide a genuine competitive advantage over competition. The only way to be better than competitors is by employees being better than the rest and training is a direct route to achieving this.
Ø  The construction site supervisor's role

Construction site supervisors are responsible for directing the execution of basic construction project work operations, as well as for communicating the project’s objectives and goals to the workers. They are in permanent contact with site personnel, responding to their needs and observing and checking their performance. Also, supervisors must implement general planning guidelines at the construction work level, serving as a nexus between the site manager and the workers. This requires that supervisors prepare work plans and communicate them to the workers charged with their execution. Due to their close involvement with site activities, supervisors’ management efforts impact directly on the productivity and final quality of the work they are responsible for. Their performance is thus of particular importance for achieving a project’s objectives.

Among the most important deficiencies currently encountered in the construction sector as regards site supervisors, we may mention the following:

·       A lack of formal training to qualify site supervisors for taking on supervisory responsibilities.
·       There is no an official supervisor job definition to orient their training.
·       Current training activity is insufficient to supply the number of supervisors required by the market.
·      The lack of appropriate training for site supervisors increases construction costs due to their inability to carry out work planning, communicate effectively with workers or properly direct work activities.
·       Inappropriate supervisory personnel selection processes. Supervisors tend to be workers with experience in site work and strong personalities that set them apart from their fellow workers, but without formal knowledge or training in management skills.
·       There is no national qualification system that evaluates and certifies site supervisors.
·      Their skill qualification levels are set by each individual company, thus creating a supply of supervisors that is neither uniform nor comparable.
Ø  Laboratories certifications  
Certification of testing laboratories is critical to the construction industry. It validates the test results upon which important decisions with significant financial impact are made. The key benefits are the assurance of:
·         Qualifications, training and experience of staff
·         Equipment and instruments are appropriately calibrated and maintained
·         Sustainability of calibrations
·         Validity and appropriateness of the methods
·         Adequate quality assurance and quality control procedures associated with the laboratory procedures
·         Appropriate sampling, handling and sample transportation practices
·         Accurate recording and reporting of data
·         Appropriate testing environment (facilities, etc)
·         Traceability of measurements and calibrations to the correct standards
·         Appropriate application of method uncertainty considerations
·         Overall, laboratory certification results in an enhanced confidence in testing results which in turn leads to fewer disputes during construction projects