Common Assessment Standard | CHAS
25 Apr 2019

Common Assessment Standard

We have been working with Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) to bring a new pre-qualification (PQ) system to the entire UK. 

Build UK and CECA have launched the first phase of a new pre-qualification (PQ) system designed to reduce inefficiencies that are costing the construction industry up to £1 billion a year.

The existing PQ system is complex and repetitive and a major barrier to improved productivity. The multitude of schemes currently in operation sees around 180,000 specialist contractors producing over two million pieces of paper every year for 5,000 clients.

The new system will ultimately allow for greater consistency and efficiency in how companies become pre-qualified for work at the first stage.

The roll-out of this first phase of the new system includes:

  • Publication of the Common Assessment Standard used to pre-qualify companies. Based on existing PQ questionnaires, including BSI’s PAS 91, this covers 10 key areas and includes desktop and site-based assessment standards.
  • recognised assessment bodies to certify companies against the Common Assessment Standard.

The system is being overseen by an Interim Cross Industry Body consisting of experts from organisations across the sector, including public and private sector clients, contractors and trade associations.

Once the new system is fully up and running, companies will be audited once a year, and they will not have to be certified by more than one recognised assessment body. There will be a data sharing arrangement which will allow clients to obtain pre-qualification information from any one of the recognised assessment bodies. Clients will be transitioning to the new system over the coming months.

Ian McKinnon, CHAS Managing Director says

“We are honoured to have been selected by Build UK and CECA to deliver the Common Assessment Standard initiative. For over 2 decades now CHAS have strived for a reduction in duplication and the introduction of the Common Assessment Standard (CAS) is translating that aspiration into a reality.

We are fully committed to making sure we bring you the CAS modules and services, to show that we are continuing to support the improvement of efficiencies; to boost productivity of the sector as a whole. 

With the backing of 31 of the largest clients in the construction industry, CAS will simplify the process - reducing duplication, time and cost for your company. 

We are delighted to bring CAS to you and we will endeavour to remain the established market leading, cost-effective solution - putting you first, to make your world of work safer.”