Competence Assessment Scheme - The BESA

Competence Assessment Scheme

The BESA Competence Assessment Scheme provides independent accreditation of our members’ technical competence and commercial capability.


The BESA Competence Assessment Scheme verifies members' compliance with recognised industry, regulatory and legal requirements, and ensures that your clients can be confident that their project is in safe hands.

Through a simple but rigorous process, BESA validates all members by scrutinising commercial capability, regulatory compliance, workforce commitment and technical competence.

Successful compliance with BESA’s Competence Assessment Scheme is mandatory for membership, and ensures that as a BESA member you can demonstrate that you work to the highest standards.

There are also a lot of business benefits to be gained.




The rigour of the BESA Competence Assessment process demonstrates your professionalism and commitment to quality providing you with a competitive edge over other businesses


Qualify for other schemes – through completing the Competence Assessment process, you meet the core health and safety criteria for other schemes such as Competent Persons, and Refcom Elite

Receive discounted registration for key industry services such as Constructionline and Exor


Completion of the Competence Assessment process signals, technical competence, health & safety compliance, a financially healthy business, good customer service, investment in your workforce and a fair deal for clients and sub-contractors

By completing the Competence Assessment process and being a member of BESA, you are also able to access a whole range of other membership benefits such as discounted technical publications, preferential commercial insurance rates and free technical advice.


What is Involved

The BESA Competence Assessment Scheme is straightforward.

An office and on-site technical assessment will review all aspects of your business to satisfy the legal and regulatory requirements, and demonstrate that you follow industry good practice and guidance. The frequency of the office and on-site technical assessment depends on how long you have been a BESA member. New members are assessed on joining and at the end of their first year. Following that, assessment is done every 3 years to monitor and re-verify competence.



Typically the full assessment process takes 3 months to complete from start to finish


The office and onsite assessment typically takes no more than a day to complete

You will receive regular and timely email notifications throughout the process alerting you to when you need to take action, confirming the stage you are at in the process and when you should next receive an update.


Help Available

Regional Support

And don’t forget, your BESA Regional Manager is experienced at taking members through the process, they are always on hand to help.

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