Companies benefit from CIRI qualification

Minister Patrick O'Donovan visiting the CIRI stand at CIF Digicon recently at Croke Park Stadium, Dublin, l-r: Antoinette Fay, CIF; Paula Thornton, CPAS; Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State, Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Lorraine Hosty, CIF and Sean Downey, CIF. (Picture: Maura Hickey)

97 Cork contractors are now qualified for the Construction Industry Register of Ireland (CIRI) competence in construction quality mark.

Comprising of over 40 categories covering everything from plastering, plumbing, masonry, roofing, piling, demolition, masonry, glazing, carpentry, flooring, tiling, scaffolding, fire safety, and much more, CIRI promotes compliance in the construction industry.

CIRI covers 4 main pillars of CPD – Building regulations, Health and Safety, Technology and Innovation and Business and Management.

CPD can be considered as learning that adds to and enhances a person’s occupations, technical and professional competence in a process of lifelong learning.

The independent Construction Industry Registration Board (CARB) determines all applications for inclusion on the register.

The Board consists of a chair (appointed following consultation with the Minister for the Environment) and a total of ten members nominated by Government departments and agencies, as well as three members who are practicing building contractors.

23 Limerick contractors are now qualified for the CIRI quality mark, with 22 in Waterford and 21 in Tipperary.

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Mr Aidan O’Connor, Chairperson of CIRI said: “CIRI has been a very positive initiative for the construction sector, and the Government, in recognising the role CIRI is playing in improving standards, has committed to supporting its wider adoption throughout the industry. CIRI has an extensive system of checking contractors to make sure that locals are hiring a reputable worker that they can trust.

“Not only does CIRI check the basic requirements regarding Insurance, Health and Safety, and Financials, it also looks for project references, qualifications and experience of key personnel. When you choose a CIRI approved contractor, you know you are choosing someone who is capable of carrying out the work.

“The requirements for staying on the CIRI register include annual Continuous Practice Development (CPD) requirements to be fulfilled.”

Only 850 companies across Ireland currently have qualified for the CIRI register.