What is TWCTC?

Do you know what TWCTC is? It's an essential training course for temporary works coordinators on construction sites, making sure that any work involving temporary works is carried out in a safe manner. 

TWCTC is an invaluable resource for construction sites, helping to create a safer environment for everyone involved. It provides coordinators with the skills and expertise they need to manage temporary works safely and effectively.

The course is intended to provide senior management with confidence and ensure that those who hire contractors have a verified standard of knowledge.

This article will explore how this qualification can make construction sites a safer place to work.

What is TWCTC

What are Temporary Works?

Temporary works are structures that are set up during construction projects to make it easier for workers to reach places that are either hard to get to or at a height. Scaffolding is the most common type of temporary work, but there are other types too.

  • Props and shoring are poles or beams that are used as a temporary support.
  • Falsework is a temporary structure that is used to hold up a permanent one until it's able to stand on its own.
  • Formwork is a mould that is temporary or permanent and made of concrete.
  • Excavation support is any type of temporary structure that is put in place to help with excavation work, such as trenches, piles and slopes.

When it comes to construction projects, temporary works are almost always necessary. That's why it's important for all workers to know the risks involved when using them. Falls from height due to bad practise or the collapse of structures can be very dangerous - in 2020/21, 25% of all fatal workplace injuries were caused by falls from height. To help avoid this, it's important to ensure that the appropriate safety measures are taken.

What does TWCTC stand for?

TWCTC stands for Temporary Works Co-ordinator Training Course. If you are a worker who needs to know about managing temporary works on a construction site, then the TWCTC is the training you need. This two-day CITB course provides an industry-recognised qualification, equipping you with the skills and detailed knowledge to take on these responsibilities.

What is the role of a temporary works co-ordinator?

The role of a Temporary Works Coordinator (TWC) is vital when it comes to safety. As stated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it is the TWC's duty to make sure the contractor's procedures for controlling temporary works are enforced onsite. This means ensuring that all workers are using the correct safety equipment and are knowledgeable about their responsibilities to protect themselves, their colleagues and the public.

When it comes to temporary works, a TWC needs to carry out risk assessments to identify any potential hazards and alert the workers.

Sometimes, a Temporary Works Supervisor (TWS) may be present alongside (or instead of) a coordinator. Although their responsibilities may overlap, the roles are different. For instance, supervisors usually oversee the erection and dismantling of temporary works structures, whereas coordinators do not. You can find out more about what a temporary works supervisor does here.

What does TWCTC involve?

This Temporary Works Co-ordinator Training Course will provide all the necessary information required to manage temporary works on construction sites. The course covers health and safety regulations and the '4 Cs' of communication, coordination, cooperation and competency - which are essential for safe working practices.

Participants will learn about the duties of a Temporary Works Co-ordinator, the role of others, and the importance of understanding BS5975. This knowledge is relevant for projects of all sizes due to the potential for high risk on both small and larger sites. hence understanding the essentials of good safety risk management.

This CITB course includes the following elements:

  • The importance of the 4 C’s - Communication, Co-ordination, Co-operation and Competency
  • The role of others on a construction site
  • Risk assessments
  • Method statements
  • Management of the temporary works process
  • Statutory aspects of temporary works

At the end of the course, a 25-question multiple choice exam is administered. The material needed to successfully answer the questions is supplied throughout the course, and the passing mark is 72%. Those who score 64% or over but fail at their first attempt are eligible for a free re-sit.

How long does temporary works co-ordinator last?

Once you have been granted your TWCTC certificate, it will remain valid for a period of 5 years. You can use CITB Card Checker to stay updated on your certificate status and to know when you need to renew your training. Your training information will be added to the database without you needing to present your physical certificate. This makes it easier for managers to verify your qualifications.

Is TWCTC a legal requirement?

Although TWCTC isn't a legal requirement, it is highly recommended for anyone who supervises short-term projects. Many organizations demand that their coordinators possess this qualification and don't permit them to do the job on a long-term basis until they've earned it.

Temporary Works Coordinator near me

So, if you're managing a temporary project, make sure you get the TWCTC certification. It's a great way to demonstrate your competency and make sure you comply with your employer's standards.

We provide TWCTC courses all over the UK you can search for a course near you by visiting our CITB Temporary Works Co-ordiniator Course page.

If you are unsure which you need we can talk you through the options.

Please give our team a call to speak with someone if you would like to discuss or seek advice on which is most suitable for your needs.

About the Author Sally

Sally is the lead writer at Training Course 4 U and works there as a Health & Safety training consultant. Sally has over 15 years of experience in the construction industry and health and safety training sector.

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