Setting the Bar Report Published - The Final Report of the Competence Steering Group

A blueprint to improve competence for those working on higher-risk buildings and drive culture change has been set out by a cross-industry group representing more than 150 organisations, including the CPA, in the fire and built environment industries.

Setting the Bar is the second and final report of the Competence Steering Group [CSG] and is an update of its Interim Report, Raising the Bar, published in August 2019. The work was initiated by the recommendations in Dame Judith Hackitt’s review Building a Safer Future.

The proposed overarching system of competence set out in the report is made up of four key elements:

  • a new competence committee sitting within the Building Safety Regulator
  • a national suite of competence standards – including new sector-specific frameworks developed by 12 working groups
  • arrangements for independent assessment and reassessment against the competence standards
  • a mechanism to ensure that those assessing and certifying people against the standards have appropriate levels of oversight.

Read the full press release or access the full report and annexes on the CIC website. The report is also available on the CPA's Competence Page.

The CPA's Digital and Policy Manager, Hanna Clarke, and Douglas Masterson, Deputy Chair of the Construction Products Competence Working Group, were recently interviewed by Liz Male on the report. Watch the video below.




The Construction Products Association is the leading organisation that represents and champions construction product manufacturers and suppliers. Our industry directly provides jobs for 373,000 people across 24,000 companies and has an annual turnover of £61 billion.

More information on the CPA's involvement with the Competence Steering Group and Industry Response Group can be found on the CPA's Hackitt & Regulations Review pages

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