Can we easily gain SafeContractor accreditation if we have been awarded accreditation by another SSiP member scheme?
Becoming accredited with SafeContractor using another SSiP member accreditation is generally straightforward. However, there are some things to consider:
1. Your existing accreditation (with another SSiP assessment scheme) must be relevant to the work category you select for your SafeContractor accreditation. For example, if you have been accredited as a handyman with another SSiP scheme, Alcumus SafeContractor can also accredit you as a handyman. However, if you want to become accredited for a different or additional work category, you may need to provide additional information - the amount dependent on the difference.
2. SafeContractor assessment includes category-related activities that provide further insight into the risks associated with your work. So depending on the work activities you select, you may need to provide additional evidence to supplement your original assessment.
3. The SafeContractor assessment also includes details of your insurance cover, so that clients can see your level of cover and its expiry date. This is required in all circumstances.
4. Your SafeContractor accreditation will be issued for a year, but it will be suspended when your original SSiP member accreditation expires. If this happens, you will need to renew your original SSiP member accreditation or complete the full SafeContractor assessment to remain accredited with SafeContractor.
5. Although your SafeContractor accreditation will appear on our client portals it will not appear in the SSiP portal; only your original accreditation will be listed. This ensures only your original full assessment is recognised by other schemes.