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Basic safety (B-VCA)

VCA and training

Training is an important criterion for SCC certification. For instance, all operational employees must hold an SCC 'Basic Safety' diploma. All employees performing high-risk tasks must also have received specific education and training for this purpose.

Basic safety training (B-VCA) for operational staff

To raise safety awareness among employees to a good level, safety training for operational staff is necessary. Employees must be able to demonstrate their basic safety knowledge by means of an SCC-accredited 'diploma'. Specifically, all operational employees must hold an SCC 'Basic Safety' diploma, issued by a recognised examination centre, that is not older than ten years (counting from the examination date). (question 3.2 SCC)

SCC diplomas are personal property!

SCC diplomas (Basic Safety SCC, Safety for Operational Managers SCC, risk tasks, etc.) are personal property. The employer has no right to withhold them if the employee changes jobs, even if he has paid for the training. By the way, this applies not only to diplomas, certificates or attestations of safety training but to all training. The law is clear on this. The employee remains the holder of his diplomas or certificates and must have the original or a copy certified by the training body.

Requesting a duplicate SCC diploma

A duplicate SCC diploma can only be requested from the examination centre that issued the diploma. There may be a charge for this. The non-profit association BeSaCC-VCA manages the system but cannot issue diplomas or duplicates itself. Please contact the centre concerned.

Learning outcomes and test requirements

The purpose of the "Basic Safety" and "Safety for Operational Managers SCC" final and test items is to define what knowledge employees and operational managers respectively must have in the indicated areas. The purpose of the test items is to specify in detail what knowledge each final attainment level covers. The test items serve as a basis for drafting the examination questions. The final and test items relate only to the knowledge domain (no skills). The test items are therefore the basis for training and examinations.

The exams are compiled from a new question database drawn up on the basis of the SCC final and test requirements. Because the questions are no longer published (with the exception of the mock exam) and because all topics can be covered, it is important to invest in good training/preparation that covers all topics of the final and test terms. Besides the training itself, the "basic safety for operational staff" manual is also an important asset for success. You can download the most recent final and test terms Basic Safety SCC here find.

Trial exam B-VCA

The mock exam is for training purposes only and aims to acquaint the candidate with the method of examination. The questions are checked once a year for accuracy and relevance. You can try the mock exam here: Basic safety mock exam
There is one and the same mock exam for Basic, VOL and VIL.

Manual Basic Safety SCC

At the request of various employers' organisations, and with the support of renowned training centres, the non-profit association BeSaCC-VCA has now self-published a "basic safety for operational employees" training manual. The manual is available in Dutch and French and was prepared with the help of experts from various industrial sectors. The training can conclude with an official SCC exam in almost any European language. In 2013, just under 41,000 workers successfully completed their training. In total, about 1 in 10 employees in Belgium now holds a basic safety diploma with a 10-year validity period.

The basic safety course is designed to provide you as an employee or future employee with a sufficiently broad basic knowledge of safety, health and well-being at work. The topics are chosen in function of the circumstances in which and the risks you, as a (future) employee, may be confronted with when working for clients. After all, you may have to perform your work in ever-changing conditions: sometimes in or near chemical plants, sometimes at electrical plants, at a car manufacturer, a food company, and so on. It may involve working at heights, in noisy environments, in confined spaces, etc. Therefore, an electrician must also know something about hazardous substances and a mechanic must know something about fire and explosion. So you understand that this is not so much about the safety aspects linked to your actual job itself. These have to be filled in in your professional training and through professional experience.

Proper professional training and experience are therefore also an important criterion, in addition to a broad basic knowledge of safety. The various hazards and risks are of course covered, but also your rights and responsibilities and your ability to influence safety. Of great importance is to create a situation of safety-conscious working. This book is written to stimulate that awareness and at the same time support preparation for the exam in a very focused way. This exam meets the final and test requirements of the VCA Executive Committee of Experts. After all, whoever takes a course naturally wants to obtain the required diploma. We are convinced that this book will be a great help in this respect. The compact act in combination with the overview diagrams and the examples of exam questions provide optimal opportunities to practice and determine whether the subject matter has been sufficiently mastered. The handbook can be ordered via our webshop or via the recognised examination centres.

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