Measure Up: The case for national training standards in construction (2012)

The Canadian Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Council (COEJATC) has spearheaded a movement to develop and implement national training standards in its field.

While operating engineers have played a pivotal role in construction for more than a hundred years, they never had national training standards, and many of their occupations are not recognized as trades by jurisdictions across Canada. The COEJATC had worked with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) to develop Red Seal certification for several trades. But even in those trades, standards vary across the country.

That started to change in the first decade of the new century when the operating engineers began to develop their own standards.

In the early 2000s, COEJATC worked with the Construction Sector Council (CSC), now known as BuildForce Canada, to conduct a national occupational analysis and prepare standards that would define the skills, knowledge, and abilities required for each occupation. The new National Occupational Standards for Operating Engineers were published in 2004 and are now posted on the BuildForce website at http://www.buildforce.ca/en.

Once the standards were published, COEJATC began developing tests and assessment tools to go along with them.

These efforts have received widespread support among operating engineers and their industry partners. Training that meets national standards will help workers compete for jobs across the country, and assure employers that they are hiring workers who can do the job. National standards will also make it easier to assess foreign-trained workers.

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2013-09-23
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Construction Sector Council (CSC). Measure Up: The case for national training standards in construction 2012. Web. 20 Sep. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/csc/measure_up_standards_construction/measure_up_standards_construction.pdf>
Construction Sector Council (CSC) (2012). Measure Up: The case for national training standards in construction. Retrieved September 20, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/csc/measure_up_standards_construction/measure_up_standards_construction.pdf
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