* Posted on 03/08/2020 Updated Arrangements for LCMLA and CIC Update Workshops *

BCA CIC and LCMLA Award Holder Update Workshops In light of further easing of Covid 19 restrictions, QMC (Qualifications Management Committee) are pleased to announce that a number of update workshops have now been scheduled over the next few months. CIC and LCMLA award holders whose awards have recently expired during the pandemic or are due to expire in the near future should now book themselves onto a workshop, to ensure that their award is kept valid. LCMLA candidates are not restricted to attending a workshop in the area that they work, but are reminded that if they travel ‘out of area’ for their update, they need to also make contact with a Trainer/Assessor from their area to approve their listed sites. This should be done in advance of the workshop, and they should get written confirmation from the T/A. We remain aware that the past few months will have curtailed award holders’ ability to log recent experience and some may not have the full course pre-requisites; thus we have asked TAs to take this into consideration.

Award holders should note that from September, when the new Go Membership system is launched, LCMLA awards will be updated for five years and CICs for three years from the date of the workshop attended, rather than the award being updated from the expiry date. This falls in line with other qualifications which require an update, such as first aid courses.

Juliet Parker-Smith (QMC Chair)

* Posted on 19/07/2020 LCMLA/CIC New Management System *

Go Membership

QMC are pleased to announce the introduction of an online data management system which will administer the BCA’s Local Cave/Mine Leader and Cave Instructor award schemes. This system will be hosted by ‘Go Membership’ and will handle registrations, qualification certification and BCA payments. We are currently in the final throws of uploading information onto the system, moving data and trialing the system, with the aim of registering all award holders onto ‘Go Membership’ in September. Further advice to award holders onto how to transfer their details onto the system will follow.

Juliet Parker-Smith (QMC Chair)

* Posted on 04/07/2020 LCMLA/CIC Wales *


Posted on 01/07/2020 LCMLA Scheme *

Anyone who has completed their module 1 or 3 assessment but is unable to complete module 2 or 4 within the normal years deadline due to COVID 19, will be given a 6 month extension. After 6 months the arrangements will be reviewed in the light of the COVID 19 state of play.

* Posted on 21/06/2020 *

COVID-19 Updates for BCA Award Holders - please download and read

Update 21/06/2020 - QMC Advice for LCMLA and CIC Scheme Members

QMC COVID 19 Advice 3 QMC LCMLA and CIC COVID 19 Advice 3

Update 25th May 2020 - QMC Advice for LCMLA and CIC Scheme Members

QMC COVID 19 Advice 2 QMC LCMLA and CIC COVID 19 Advice 2

Update 15 May 2020 - QMC Advice for LCMLA and CIC Scheme Members

QMC COVID 19 Advice 1 QMC LCMLA and CIC COVID 19 Advice 1

Posted on 11/05/2020

Following the government's COVID-19 announcement on Sunday 10th May, and any further clarification in the briefing due on Monday 11th May, the Qualification Management Committee (QMC) will issue an update relating to the LCMLA and CIC schemes as soon as possible.

Posted on 02/04/2020

LCMLA and CIC Schemes - Temporary Arrangements Due To COV-19 QMC actively discourage cave and mine exploration at the present. Inability to get underground during this will be reflected in course pre-requisites when things return to normal.

If you are training for or hold an LCMLA or CIC award please note that all time limited aspect of the schemes will be extended for six months from the first day of 'lockdown'. This applies to all updates, completion of LCMLA Mod 2 or 4, and CIC modules.

These arrangements will be reviewed as time goes on.

Provisional booking for workshops beyond August can be made and if you have individual concerns please email the Training Administrator who works from home.

Please stay safe

Mary Wilde of behalf of the Qualifications Management Committee.

Posted on 17/03/2020

COVID 19 In the light of recent government advice, to reduce non essential travel around the UK, all BCA LCMLA and CIC workshops will be postponed until further notice. BCA award holders who are due to attend an update workshop between now and 30th September 2020, will have a 6 month extension to their award expiry date. This also applies to trainer/assessor workshops.

Those already booked onto a workshop will be contacted in due course by the workshop director, to arrange a suitable future date. This advice will be reviewed as more information becomes available.

Juliet Parker-Smith (QMC chair)