NCA has begun a month long country-wide free accreditation drive, scheduled to take place in the month of November. From the 1st to 30th November, qualified construction workers will get a chance to apply for instant accreditation at no cost.
This comes after various stakeholder consultations where construction workers expressed the need for financial support towards getting accredited.
Accreditation is the process whereby construction workers who meet the basic requirements for practicing their trades are licensed accordingly under the NCA Act. Full accreditation is given to workers who have attained formal technical training, whereby provisional accreditation is given to workers with industry experience and the necessary referrals. Accreditation fees are currently Kshs. 1,000 for a period of three years, while site supervisors pay Kshs. 2,000 for the same period.
All construction workers are required to visit the nearest NCA office with one passport size photo, copies of their technical certificates and or recommendation letters from registered professionals they have worked with previously, such as contractors, architects, quantity surveyors, engineers and construction managers, after which the cards will be processed on the spot.
The register of construction workers is one of the three professional registers established by NCA as prescribed under the Act. Accreditation is a critical process towards the coordination and development of the industry, creating accountability and ensuring professional standards are upheld and maintained.
In addition to accreditation, the Authority has an annual training programme for construction workers, which incorporates both practical and classroom elements, aimed at building capacity.
NCA regional offices are located in Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu, Kitui, Nyeri, Kisumu, Kisii, Kakamega, Eldoret, Nakuru, Garissa and Mombasa. Liaison offices are located in Ongata Rongai, Machakos, Murang’a, Wajir, Voi, Bomet, Narok, Kitale, Meru, Kericho, Migori, and Bungoma. An NCA help desk is also located at the Huduma Centre in Lodwar Town.
The drive is expected to accredit up to 250,000 workers.