SSIP accreditations CHAS, Constructionline, SafeContractor

Tips for Completing SSIP Accreditation Assessments

Have you been asked by a client for SSIP accreditation?

Have you let your CHAS certificate expire and are daunted by completing the new application?

Are you trying to make filling in PQQs easier?

What is SSIP?

SSIP stands for Safety Schemes in Procurement, and is an umbrella body for companies that provide health and safety assessment schemes. The idea of SSIP is to reduce the number of health and safety assessment schemes that a business is a member of, therefore reducing time and money dedicated to filling out applications.

Examples of SSIP members who offer assessment schemes include:

  • CHAS
  • SafeContractor
  • Constructionline (Acclaim)
  • Achilles
  • SMAS
  • Avetta

You may find that when tendering for work, different contractors will be looking for different certificates. This could mean that you have to be members of several different assessment schemes, however SSIP allows you to only undertake one full application, and then ‘Deem to Satisfy’ applications for any additional assessment schemes. A ‘Deem to Satisfy’ application allows you to provide an in-date certificate from your primary assessment scheme to gain a certificate with a second assessment scheme.

For example, if you have a SafeContractor certificate, you can complete a ‘Deem to Satisfy’ application with CHAS. You will only need to provide CHAS with your SafeContractor certificate who will then provide you with a CHAS certificate.

How long does an application take?

This can vary and depends on various factors including:

  • How many employees you have – the fewer employees, the less evidence you will have to provide
  • How closely you meet the assessor’s requirements – the more gaps in the evidence requirements, the longer the process will take
  • How busy the assessor is – depending on the assessment scheme, assessors may have up to 4 weeks to look over your application
  • The application type – Deem to Satisfy applications take less time to approve than full applications

We have known applications to take as little as 2 days, but a standard application is usually around 2 weeks.

Tips for completing your SSIP accreditation assessment:

  • Prepare evidence for your application throughout the year – don’t leave it all until you want to apply
  • There is no such thing as too much evidence – when providing evidence such as risk assessments or site inspections, the assessor would rather see several examples than just one
  • Read the guidance provided carefully – some assessment schemes will detail exactly what evidence the assessor will be looking to see for each section of the application
  • Give yourself enough time – look at starting your application roughly 6 weeks before it is due to ensure all evidence is in place and to help you pass first time

If you are struggling with your application and would like some assistance with it, please get in touch. We can provide assistance with guidance, document templates, and submission of all SSIP applications. We can also provide assistance at any point in the process including determining which accreditation is best for you, submission of the initial application, renewal applications, or resubmission of applications where necessary.