Posted on 04/04/2018
Stability Issues at the Entrances to Yorkshire Dales Caves
To All it May Concern
It has been brought to our attention by various sources that there are potential stability issues in some of the entrances to led group caving/mine exploration venues in the North of England. The instability is a naturally occurring process, but may have been accelerated by the recent spells of very cold weather and the freeze/thaw process.
The venue in question currently is -
Runscar Cave – Runscar 4 Lower Exit
• This concerns specifically the lower ‘letterbox’ exit to Runcar Cave 4 • Continued deterioration of the downstream ‘letterbox’ exit • Large slab fallen in exit crawl and subsequently removed • Loose freshly cleared rock on the surface • Concern that ceiling height in the flat out crawl may be lowering
Overhead instability is a known hazard, particularly at entrances to underground venues, and after extreme weather events such as very heavy rain or very cold periods of snow and ice.
A reminder is given to all BCA Cave Leaders and Instructors, and recreational cavers alike, to be aware of the issues and to ensure that an adequate risk assessment of any caving activity venue is made on each and every visit, in line with advice given on training courses.
Graham Derbyshire Area Liaison Officer, Northern Panel BCA Local Cave and Mine Leader Assessment Scheme
Posted on 26/03/2018
The BCA’s Qualifications Management Committee (QMC) has a policy of fair and equitable allocation of courses as far as practicably possible, through the Local Panels and CIC Panel. These are itemised below for clarity.
LCMLA Training and assessment courses – candidates are free to choose any Trainer/Assessor (T/A) within the guidelines in the LCMLA Handbook. T/As can advertise their courses on the BCA website, but charges are not advertised.
CIC Training courses - candidates are free to choose any CIC T/A
CIC assessment modules – candidates choose their main assessor. BCA Training Administrator allocates the Module 2 assessor on a rota basis
LCMLA Update workshops – Local Panels allocate the provision of these to T/As on a rota basis CIC Update workshops – CIC Panel allocate these on a rota basis
Core Skills Reassessments (CSR)–candidates apply using the appropriate form. Once QMC agree a CSR is required the BCA Training Administrator allocates a local T/A( for LCMLA) or CIC T/A (for CIC) on a rota basis
LCMLA T/A Workshops – these are allocated to Local Panels to agree who runs these when required by QMC
Membership of QMC – Local Panels agree Area Liaison Officers (ALOs) who have a place on QMC. CIC Panel agree the reps they send.
The proposed route to appoint Chair and Deputy Chair (as noted in QMC minutes 26 2 18) is to advertise the positions to T/As in the near future and hold a recruitment exercise (to be discussed next meeting).
Membership of Local Panels – the appointment of new T/As has been handed back to Local Panels They are best placed to recognise the market requirements in their area
The BCA Training Administrator does not suggest specific T/As to prospective cave leaders.
16/03/2017 Revalidation Workshops - Name Change
Technically these are not revalidations as it is award holder's responsibility to maintain a current and valid logbook and ensure they are operating at the required standard for their work. The workshops cannot contain any element of assessment due to time and ratio restraints. As from 01/04/2017 these will be renamed Update Workshops as they aim to update award holder's in a range of areas through the provider and through networking with the others present. Any areas of concern noticed by the T/A running the workshop will be noted on the S4B report with a recommended action plan to remedy, and it becomes the award holder’s responsibility to address these.
It will take some time to update all documents etc to reflect the name change and to consolidate it within the general LCMLA/CIC jargon commonly in use.
Posted 06/12/2016 New Charges From 01/01/2017
Please see the new charges for the LCMLA and CIC Schemes which come into force from 01/01/2017. We have managed to keep the charges static for some years now but are having to put them up in order to cover increased costs. Qualifications Management Committee.
|Combined LCMLA & CIC Registration||£85.00|
|CIC up-grade from LCMLA Scheme||£25.00|
|LCMLA Revalidation Workshop Fee||£80.00|
|LCMLA Core Skills Reassessment||£200.00|
|CIC Revalidation Workshop||£80.00|
|CIC Modules Exemption Application||£30.00|
|LCMLA Training Exemption Fee||£40.00|
|LCMLA Combine Modules 2 & 4 Fee||£50.00|
|LCMLA Additional Cave and/or Mine Sites||£25.00|
|Re-issue of report pages||£15.00|
|New Logbook and report pages||£20.00|
|Replacement Section 5||£20.00|
LCMLA Revalidation Workshops. |
As from 01/07/2016, if you have caves and or mines on your certificate or wish to add new ones from an area other than that in which you are going to revalidate, you must contact a Trainer Assessor from that area to agree that those sites may be on your new certificate after revalidation. The revalidation workshop leader will ask to see evidence that this has been done – such as an email. Contact details for all Trainer Assessors can be found here lcmla_ta