In addition to its use as a rating system to assess performance, CEEQUAL also provides significant influence to project or contract teams as they develop, design and construct their work, because it encourages them to consider the issues in the question set at the most appropriate time. CEEQUAL Awards are evidence-based achievement awards, rather than the result of a competition, and can be applied for at any time.
A CEEQUAL Assessment is undertaken by a trained and registered CEEQUAL Assessor, who is normally part of the project or contract team that applies for the Award, and it is then independently verified by a CEEQUAL Verifier. So, to undertake an Assessment, a project or contract team needs a trained CEEQUAL Assessor.
Assessor Training comes in two parts: a 2-day Assessor Training Course on the Projects or Term Contracts Scheme, and mentoring from the Verifier when the Assessor undertakes their first Assessment.
The nature of the CEEQUAL Scheme means that Assessors usually have experience and interest in either civil engineering and/or public realm works or in environment and sustainability issues, and a knowledge base in either of these areas will be very helpful in the course of an Assessment. However, there is no need to be an expert in either of these areas to go through the training process and be a successful Assessor.
The Assessor Training Course has been designed so that everyone who completes it successfully will be able to undertake an Assessment, with mentoring by the Verifier on their first Assessment.
The course covers:
- what the CEEQUAL Award Scheme is and why it has been developed;
- the scheme and assessment process in detail;
- use of the appropriate CEEQUAL Projects Manual, basic skills required and the role of the Assessor;
- the environmental and social issues covered by the Scheme, including the still-new Project Strategy section in Version 5 of the CEEQUAL Methodology;
- detailed study of each Section of the Assessment including the nature of the questions, reasons for their inclusion and scoping-out advice; and
- the Assessment and Verification process.
Following the training course, all delegates who have reached the required standard will be issued with a CEEQUAL Projects Assessor Certificate, but will need to receive mentoring by the Verifier on their first Assessment.
Entry onto the training course is not limited to those who are members of a project team applying for an Award. The training course can be attended by anyone interested in improving the performance of civil engineering and/or public realm works. So it can be used as an element of Continuing Professional Development