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Scottish Consultation Analysis

Please find below a link to the findings of a recent consultation carried out by Transport Scotland.


Consultation Report

Please find below the link that will allow you to read the report filed for the recent consultation as set by England in 2015.


New Improved Card Now Live

As of January 2016, the SWQR cards have moved onto a new improved style card that incorporates some additional security features.  We have introduced a Holo Image feature and a more distinctive Street Works logo in the inference ink.

All current cards will still be valid until the expiry date on the card and candidates updating their ID cards from August onwards with receive the new style ID cards.  Any candidate wishing to change to the new style card will be able to apply for a replacement ID card following the normal process and submitting the relevant £20.35 fee.

Find out more about the new improved card

 

Street Works


Re-registering Street Works cards in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

Please be advised that as of the 1st April 2015 SWQR will no longer be accepting Re-registration applications from candidates whose card has expired for longer than 3 months.  As per current legislation, SWQR can only accept applications either 3 months prior to and up to 3 months after the expiry date.  Candidates should also note that once the expiry date has been reached they can no longer work as a certified operative or supervisor until the expiry date has been updated.

Fee increase from 1st April 2015 - find out more about Fees


Re-registering street works cards in England

Card holders need to be reassessed every 5 years. A card can be renewed six months either side of the expiry date shown on it.  Where a card is re-registered within this period, the new card will last for five years from when the old one expires.  This applies to both Operative and Supervisor qualifications.

However, there are two important points to note for candidates who re-register in the six months after the card has expired:

  1. They cannot work as certified operatives/supervisors until the card has been re-registered.
  2. They need to undergo reassessment well before the six months are up because the application for renewal must be received by the registration body within this period.  The registration body cannot process re-registration applications received after the six month deadline.  If this deadline is missed, the candidate will have to re-take the full course.

New Email Alert Service

As of 23 March 2016, SWQR will be launching a new service which enables candidates to sign up for email alerts which will notify them when the expiry date of their ID card is near.

If you are interested in receiving this alert, please sign up for the service, via our website, advising SWQR of your email address, your card ID number and expiry date and we will notify you three times over a 90 day period prior to your card expiry date. This will allow you sufficient time to follow the correct process for re-registering your ID card depending on your country of work. 

Please use the following link to register for the service: license reminder service


Payments

Following on from feedback received during our Customer Survey, SWQR have now introduced the option of credit card payments for those candidates who are either requesting re-registration or a replacement ID card.  In light of this change to the process two new forms have been devised and are now available on our website to download and are attached to this email.  The credit card payments for replacement ID cards can be taken over the phone provided SWQR hold a current photograph.  Unfortunately re-registrations, need to have an up to date photograph, so we require the form to be posted.  Credit card payments can also be made for these.

The SWQR1 form will be used for registering the qualifications for new candidates (being placed on the register for the first time), adding additional qualifications to an existing record and for making a re-assessment application.  The SWQR2 form will be used for re-registering the qualifications, as is current practice in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and for anyone making a request for a replacement ID card.  The SWQR2 form contains the option to pay by centre number for existing centres or by cheque or credit card payment for individual candidates. Both these forms will be available to use from 08/09/2014.

Over the next few months our website will be getting a new look and will include additional links that have been requested during the survey.  It is anticipated that the new and improved website will be available in November.

Also, I would like to take this opportunity of advising you of a web enabled database system that will be introduced next year.  The database will enable centres to upload candidate registrations direct to SWQR and allow centres to check on candidate expiry dates. This will allow SWQR to move to a less paper based system at the same time as giving centres control over the candidates they are enrolling.  Each centre currently registered with the SWQR will be given a log-in in order for them to input  the necessary data and upload the photographs.  It is anticipated that SWQR will hold several roll out sessions across the country whereby centres can attend and receive a short training on the new system.  A user manual will also be sent to centres in the lead up to the roll out and advice is always available over the phone.  If you cannot make one of the sessions and would like a one to one training, SWQR will try to accommodate this request where possible. 

Charge

Existing Fees since 1/4/13

New Fees from 1/4/14

Initial Registration

£24.40

£25.10

Card replacement (additional qualifications/lost or stolen card)

£19.60

£20.15

Written response to enquiry

£19.60

£20.15

Re-registration within 3 months of expiry date

£19.60

£20.15

Re-registration after 3 months expiry period

£24.40

£25.10

Reassessment Registration

£24.40

£25.10

 


Fees increase - 1 April 2014

Please see below for details of our fees increase which will go live on 1 April 2014:

Charge Existing Fees since 1/4/13 New Fees from 1/4/14
Initial Registration £24.40 £25.10
Card replacement (additional qualifications/lost or stolen card) £19.60 £20.15
Written response to enquiry £19.60 £20.15
Re-registration within 3 months of expiry date £19.60 £20.15
Re-registration after 3 months expiry period £24.40 £25.10
Reassessment Registration £24.40 £25.10

New SWQR Application Form

From the 1st of April 2012 SWQR shall implement new application form. The new 'SWQR Application Form' encompasses all registrations. SWQR will continue to accept previous versions of applications until 1st September 2012, after this time they will no longer be accepted and shall be returned.

Please be advised re-assessment candidates must continue to send in copies of their re-assessment certificates with the new application form.


Fees increase - 1 April 2013

Please see below for details of our fees increase which will go live on 1 April 2013:

Charge Existing Fees since 1/4/13 New Fees from 1/4/14
Initial Registration £23.60 £24.40
Card replacement (additional qualifications/lost or stolen card) £19.00 £19.60
Written response to enquiry £19.00 £19.60
Re-registration within 3 months of expiry date £19.00 £19.60
Re-registration after 3 months expiry period £23.60 £24.40
Reassessment Registration £23.60 £24.40

Fast-track requests

To ensure fairness please note that no application will be fast-tracked upon request, regardless of circumstances.

Re-registration for Candidates in England

Please note we are no longer accepting re-registrations from candidates working in England. Due to legalisation changes all candidates in England shall have to be re-assessed.

If you have submitted an application please be aware that due to the high volume of applications we have extended our turnaround times.

Thank you for your patience.

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