What is a vca course?

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If you work in construction, engineering or petrochemical industries, for example, you have probably heard of vca. In a vca course, you learn the basics of working safely and healthily in a high-risk working environment. So it is not surprising that more and more clients are requiring a vca certificate. Have you not yet obtained your vca certificate and are you curious to know exactly how it works? In this article, we will tell you all about our vca course.

What is vca?

Vca (also scc) stands for Safety Certificate for Contractors. An employee who has obtained his vca certificate knows how to work safely and healthily in a high-risk environment, such as the construction site or a laboratory. More and more clients are requiring contractors to have a vca certificate.

During a vca course at FeniksGroup, you can obtain a vca certificate as an independent professional or company in the construction, engineering or petrochemical industry. Both as an individual (vca basic training) or as a group (vca in-company training), it is possible to follow a vca course tailored to your needs with us. The vca comes in three variants:

  • vca basis (also known as b-vca / ssc-b). This course is for employees who need to be able to show that they can do their job safely, healthily and with consideration for others and the environment.
  •  vca vol (safety for operational managers). This training course is especially for managers and self-employed workers who operate in a high-risk work environment.
  • vil-vcu. This is a vca course for intermediaries or managers at temporary employment agencies.

Based on a theory book and by attending vca training, you will learn all about the laws and regulations in your industry. For example, think about ladder safety as part of working safely on a construction site. The course is followed by an exam in which you can obtain a recognised vca certificate.

Safety Certificate for Contractors = safe + healthy + environment

Is vca mandatory?

A vca certificate is not compulsory, but having one does add value in certain sectors. It shows that you are well informed about safety regulations, risks and possible measures. In construction, electrical engineering or transport, a vca is increasingly demanded by clients. Do you work for a contractor? Then having a vca basic certificate is often mandatory. Without the vca certificate, you are not allowed to enter the construction site.

What does a vca course entail?

In the vca course, you will learn all about health and safety legislation, hazardous substances and labelling, and fire and explosion hazards. Other topics also covered in this course are;

  • Hand tools & machine tools
  • Working at height
  • Hazardous substances & labelling
  • Working safely with electricity
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Working in confined spaces
  • Workplace requirements in general
  • Hoisting and lifting equipment


For whom is the vca course?

Our vca course is suitable for anyone working in a high-risk environment. Course participants often come from the construction, petrochemical, offshore or engineering industries. We offer a tailor-made vca course for independent entrepreneurs and managers as well as for a group of employees. After obtaining your vca diploma, you can start working safely and responsibly for various clients as a certified professional.

Would you like to know more about our vca course? Ask about the possibilities by contacting us with no obligation!

June 2, 2021 I Safety
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