Having a VCA diploma is becoming increasingly self-evident for people who work in construction or otherwise work with their hands. A VCA diploma stands for safety and limiting the risks of industrial accidents. However, it is not easy for everyone to obtain such a diploma - for example, for foreign workers who have a poor command of the Dutch language - and the costs are not too expensive either. Many entrepreneurs in construction or similar sectors regularly wonder: is such a VCA diploma really necessary?
That question naturally arises from a number of underlying questions, ambiguities or objections. In this blog we would like to take you through the three most important questions surrounding the VCA.
Not all my jobs and work require a VCA diploma. Can't I work around it?
A VCA diploma is only necessary for specific activities in which risks lurk. However, the diploma is often requested by customers or clients, even if the concrete work does not directly require the possession of a VCA diploma. This is because customers usually take risks (and thus liability) want to avoid as much as possible.
Incidentally, it is not always entirely clear whether or not activities that require a VCA diploma should indeed be carried out. For example, a gardener who needs to replant a garden may run into such work if weeds need to be destroyed with pesticides required. A customer often cannot estimate this in advance. To be on the safe side, a VCA diploma is then requested.
A VCA diploma is expensive. Is it worth the investment?
A VCA diploma indeed costs a lot of money. Missing assignments too. And that will increasingly happen if your employees do not have a VCA diploma. The proportion of assignments that you can accept without employees with a VCA diploma is steadily declining. Many contractors no longer work with parties that employ workers without such a diploma. The question of exactly which activities must be carried out is then no longer even raised.
The VCA diploma is therefore seen as a kind of quality stamp and as a guarantee that work will be carried out in a risk-reducing manner. The time when such a diploma was considered a necessary formality is a bit over. Clients simply want to work safely and they also want to see justification for this. That is your VCA diploma. Ultimately, such a diploma pays for itself, because you can simply expect many more assignments. You may even be able to charge higher rates if you can properly substantiate that your employees work safely, cause few risks and can therefore professionally complete a project. Then a VCA diploma pays for itself very quickly.
I pay my employees to provide labor, not to spend days in the school desks. Does a VCA diploma have to take that long?
In addition to an investment in money, obtaining a VCA diploma indeed also requires an investment in time. This is even more expensive for many construction contractors, because an employee who is on the books for days cannot participate in projects.
It is therefore wise to look for a course that takes little time and can still report a high success rate. Consider, for example, a one-day course, so you only have to miss your employee one working day. It is also recommended that you work with a course provider that offers free re-exams to minimize the risk of additional costs. Also look at a provider who offers courses in several places in the country; that saves travel time and travel costs. And finally: a basic diploma is insufficient and one must be VCA Basis or VCA VOL diploma, look for providers that offer (partly) e-learning, so that training time can be flexibly planned in addition to regular work.
This way, employees can obtain their VCA diploma relatively easily and affordably, without having to be removed from your schedule for days. Very handy!