So why do I have to complete an Individual Competence Assessment (ICA) as oppose to simple recertification, isn’t this more work for me?
It is a little more work, but there are very good reasons why this needs to be the case. The assessment process has changed considerably over the past couple of years. At MTCS we have had to respond to the demands of the industry, including oil majors, who now place great importance on the formal assessment of workplace competence.
A more stringent process is essential, requiring candidates to produce robust evidence to confirm their competence in a particular role.
Previously a candidate could recertify on the basis of a single witness statement. There were no specific guidelines on signatories, this raised questions on the validity of the certificate.
For example, a candidate could recertify on the basis of a witness statement signed by someone who had never worked with the candidate.
Here at MTCS, we are now obliged to ensure any certificates are awarded are done so with stringent guidelines. It is important that our clients (including individuals) are only awarded certificates on the basis of a thorough assessment.
The Individual Competence Assessment process has now addressed this. The candidate must produce a range of evidence confirming that they are competent in their current role.
Complete the ICA pack which contains full guidance in the evidence requirements and only takes a single trip offshore. We do stress that candidates try to collate some evidence on each trip, ensuring a sufficient range of activities.