NEC3/NEC4 Overview & Introduction to the ECC


The CIF is delighted to be offering training on NEC Forms of Contract, provided by GMH Planning. GMH Planning are recognised industry experts in understanding and administering NEC forms of contract and NEC training, working with clients, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and suppliers across the construction industry.

NEC Forms of Contract are currently being used on some semi-state contracts in Ireland, with more adopting their use all the time as they provide better collaboration, incentivise people to work together to solve problems, and create the space for all parties to focus on constructing the asset. The NEC Forms are designed to balance risk effectively, and can be adapted to suit any project. These forms of contract are widely used internationally and are becoming more common in Ireland, and the CIF has therefore sought to provide its members with training so that they can familiarise themselves with the forms.


NEC3/NEC4 Overview & Introduction to the ECC” will take place online on Tuesday 21st February, introducing attendees to the common philosophies of the NEC family of contracts and focusing in more detail upon the key mechanics and provisions of the NEC Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC).

Secure a place on the one day programme by calling 01 4066031 or follow below link:

Building Regulations Update


Building Regulations Update

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, has signed new building regulations (S.I. 535 of 2022) that require Electric Vehicle recharging infrastructure to be installed in new homes to enable future installation of EV recharging points.


The regulations apply to:

  • New dwelling houses with a parking space located within the boundary of the dwelling.
  • New multi-unit residential buildings
  • Multi-unit residential buildings undergoing major renovation where the car park is located inside or adjacent to the building, and where renovations include the car park or the electrical infrastructure of the building or car park.


Minister O’Brien has also signed new regulations (S.I. 534 of 2022) to facilitate the roll-out of district heating. The purpose of the regulations is to support more district heating and cooling in residential buildings. The regulations are a partial transposition of Article 15.4 of the Renewable Energy Directive to permit the Building Regulation minimum requirements for renewable energy in Nearly Zero Energy Buildings to be fulfilled through efficient district heating and cooling using a significant share of renewable energy and waste heat and cold.


Technical Guidance Documents L (Conservation of Fuel and Energy) 2022 have been published to accompany these new regulations and may be accessed at:

CIF On Site Practical Approach to Management & Inspection of Scaffolding


CIF would like to introduce their new one-day programme titled ” CIF On Site Practical Approach to Management & Inspection of Scaffolding “ This a blended approach to the classroom-based Management & Inspection of Scaffolding Course. Delivered over one day consisting of theory in the morning and a site scaffold inspection in the afternoon.

This course gives companies an opportunity to upskill their on-site staff responsible on how to carry out the inspections/fault finding on scaffolding systems on site.  The course details all the various components, the issues that arise around the safe management of scaffolding and how to handle any problems that may arise.

This course is delivered specifically for companies on their own sites.

Full details HERE

All queries may be directed to Conor Greham on 01 4066031 / [email protected]


Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Contractors


What is the definition of Contractor?

A Contractor means any employer whose employees carry out construction work and includes both main contractor and sub-contractor. Contractor may also include a self-employed person where such a person supplies materials and labour or labour only.  In addition, a body such as a local authority may also be a contractor, if the construction work is carried out directly by employees of that body.

Power of Diversity Course Feedback


Some feedback on CIF’s Power of Diversity Programme delivered on September 27th

  • ” The Programme covers a broad range of topics around the area of diversity that managers can implement with their teams. It gives you the tools to work on areas such as workplace bias and inclusive actions in ways that can help everyone in the workplace feel more comfortable with and more aware of diversity”
  • ” A thought provoking training that gives a definition of diversity and inclusion. The session gives practical strategies on how to put diversity into practice “
  • ” Thought provoking programme, particularly enjoyed the content regarding micro behaviours and types of bias.  An interactive programme and an excellent, clearly very knowledgeable facilitator, aided learning.  I really recommend to business leaders to take the time to complete this programme. The business benefits of D&I should be motivation enough “

Full details of course below

CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal


For those who work in the field of health and safety, especially health and safety in the workplace, staying up to date with developments within construction safety is a vital part of delivering an effective service, both to employers and the workforce.  Health and safety legislation often changes as we learn from real life incidents in the workplace and making sure your knowledge is current is an essential part of remaining compliant always.  This is the reason that health and safety professionals, especially within the construction industry, are required to regularly update their training with Safety Management Renewal courses for CPD purposes.

September Training Programme Schedule


For your reference CIF Learning & Development Training Programme Schedule for September:


Tuesday, September 13th: 09.00 – 17.00

City & Guilds Site Supervisor Safety Programme

Day 1: Tuesday, September 13th

Day 2: Wednesday, September 14th


Wednesday, September 14th: 09.30 – 16.30

CIF Access to Conservation & Heritage Sites

Day 1: Wednesday, September 14th


Thursday, September 15th: 09.00 – 17.00

City & Guilds Project Supervisor for Construction Stage

Day 1:  Thursday, September 15th

Day 2: Thursday, September 22nd

Day 3: Thursday, September 29th

Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Client


The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations, 2013 interprets ‘client’ as a person for whom a project is carried out, in the course or furtherance of a trade, business or undertaking, or who undertakes a project directly in the course or furtherance of such trade, business or undertaking and since 2013 construction work done on your own domestic dwelling e.g. an extension on to your kitchen, or you are building your own house.

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