* 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.

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

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

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)

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It has come to the attention of the BCA Executive that there is some confusion about recent changes to the British Caving Association Training award schemes.

The 2017 AGM voted on a motion “This meeting instructs Council to set up a working party called ‘the BCA Qualifications Management Committee’, this to be established to develop the BCA training awards and the current Training Committee be henceforth solely responsible for recreational training. This was voted through unanimously at the AGM by both the individual members and club members.

In addition, for the Council meeting following the AGM, the minutes contain a paper which includes a diagram of the training scheme which has the QMC reporting directly to the BCA Council and BCA recreational caving also reporting directly to the Council. This proposal was first circulated at the Council meeting held in April 2016.

The current situation is clearly that there are two separate organisations reporting to the Council; one is called the QMC and responsible purely for BCA caving awards (LCMLA/CIC), and the second under the old training committee title which covers recreational caving and also reports directly to Council.

BCA Executive, February 28th, 2018


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