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Best practice seminar success

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 12, 2015 3:00:00 PM / by IQ News Update posted in CPD, Industry

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In conjunction with the Institute of Quarrying, EPC-UK hosted its fifth series of Best Practice Seminars during 2015.

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Take charge of your progression & lifelong learning with our new CPD App

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2015 3:00:00 PM / by IQ News Update posted in CPD, IQ

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Supporting and taking charge of your own personal development, progression and lifelong learning all comes together under your Continued Professional Development (CPD). Essentially CPD is any training or undertaking that contributes to raising standards and in the long-term assists in the forward development and continuing progression of individuals. CPD is a way of recording what you experience, learn and apply, whilst updating your professional knowledge and skills.

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CPD mandatory from January 2015

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM / by IQ News Update posted in CPD, IQ

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Underlining and demonstrating their professionalism, an enhanced approach to CPD was called for from the Institutes membership. The drive behind this being to raise standards whilst adding further recognition to those carrying the designatory letters: FIQ, MIQ and TMIQ.

The changes further enforce the recognition of these individuals, underlining their commitment to staying current with changes in best practice, technology and legislation relevant to them in their roles.

Unanimous support for the arrangement was received from the membership in the AGM, 15 December 2014 and the new requirement for Technical Members (TMIQ), Members (MIQ) and Fellows (FIQ) will take effect 1 January 2015.

The new requirement calls for a minimum of 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development to be undertaken each year, although attaining in excess of this level is actively encouraged.

The new proposals mean any member from the aforementioned grades could be called upon to submit their CPD record as part of an annual audit, which will be required to ensure an individual’s membership at the current grade is retained.

Although the new requirement to maintain an individuals membership doesn’t currently extend to Associate or Student grades (retired members may also choose to opt out of this), the Institute are actively encouraging all members to record and undertake Continuing Professional Development as a means of demonstrating their on-going commitment to maintaining their qualifications and competence.

If you are selected for audit, a request for your CPD record will be sent out with your membership renewal notice in December 2015, the deadline for return of these being 31 March 2016.

For any queries on the new CPD requirements please contact IQ on 0115 972 9995 or

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IQs first 2,000-hour CPD certificate issued

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 15, 2014 10:00:00 AM / by IQ News Update posted in IQ Member, CPD

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Recognition for enhancing learning and maintaining professional competence.

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Proposals for mandatory CPD within IQ

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 29, 2014 1:00:00 PM / by IQ News Update posted in CPD

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Raising standards with an enhanced approach to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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Babcock puts its people in PRIME position

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 28, 2014 10:00:00 AM / by IQ News Update posted in CPD, PRIME, CPC Scheme

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Babcock is delighted to be one of the inaugural companies to join the Institute of Quarrying’s Corporate Professional Competence Scheme through the PRIME (Professional Recognition In Mineral Extractives) Project. We believe that this accreditation standard is key to both focusing on the individual and in helping to mitigate some of the challenges that the industry currently faces through driving the upskilling, professionalism and active engagement of the workforce.

In employing over 28,000 people across the world, Babcock recognises the importance of investing in their development - both in helping them as individuals to progress as well as ensuring the quality of our delivery. We believe that PRIME offers a significant opportunity to our people operating in the Mining & Construction sector as it provides a recognised pathway for continuous career progression as well as highlighting the contribution made by individuals.

In rolling this out across our Mining & Construction business, we are continually raising awareness of IQ & PRIME through internal communications, meetings and toolbox chats. IQ & PRIME is also driving our annual performance appraisal process, and as part of this, we will be providing a mentoring programme to our engineers as they progress through their CPD Programme.

Keith Holland, Babcock’s Mining & Construction Director said: “We are delighted to be part of the PRIME scheme. It’s an outstanding initiative for both the industry and the individual.

Everyone within our business has a part to play to helping our customers to reduce the cost of quarrying materials and we are investing in PRIME as we believe its impact will further build on our performance and credibility within the sector.”

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First Gold Cards awarded at Hillhead 2014

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM / by IQ News Update posted in CPD

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An impressive display from the CAT Finning demonstration team was followed by the official unveiling of the new Gold card from MP Awards, setting a new standard in operator performance. Finning/ CAT included one of the first operators to attain the new gold standard, giving recognition of peoples professionalism, commitment and contribution they make to the industry, in their display team, which illustrates the extremely high standards achieved by the elite group who are gold card holders.

Summed up by Cedric Hollinsworth, Chairman of MPQC “The gold standard is all about operating efficiency, reducing operating costs and increasing productivity. By utilising advanced driver training techniques, coupled with the use of electronic telemetry, machinery owners will see a substantial reduction in operating costs, as a result of lower fuel consumption, less wear and tear on ground engagement equipment, reduced R&M, and higher productivity, all resulting in significantly improved profitability for the machine owning company”.

Setting a new ‘Gold’ standard for the industry, the bar to achieve this has been set deliberately high to ensure only the industries elite are able to attain this, providing true recognition to those possessing the high skillset needed.

Commenting on the new gold standard, MP Awards qualification development manager, John Bussey said: “The development of this new accreditation standard, hand in hand with Finning represents a key milestone in the delivery of the new PRIME campaign. It helps to recognise and professionalise a key part of the workforce, focusing on the individuals who can have a major impact on reducing the cost of quarrying materials.

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