The VCA Diploma
VCA stands for the ‘Veiligheid Gezondheid en Milieu Checklist Aannemers’ (Safety, Health and Environmental Checklist for Contractors). Employees at service companies must be VCA-certified so that they can work more safely, because this reduces the number of accidents. As a result, more and more clients of service companies now require a VCA diploma. VCU stands for the ‘Veiligheid en Gezondheid Checklist Uitzendorganisaties’ (Safety and Health Checklist for Employment Agencies).
The difference between a VCA Diploma and a VCA Certificate is as follows:
You obtain a VCA Diploma by passing the VCA exam but a VCA Certificate is what is issued to a company that complies with the VCA regulations. In other words, the VCA Diploma is for people and the VCA Certificate is for companies.
What is VCA?
The Basic VCA diploma is also known as ‘B-VCA’. Both an operational manager at a contractor and a ZZP-er (a freelancer/self-employed worker without employees) must hold the diploma ‘Veiligheid voor Operationeel Leidinggevenden VCA’ (Safety for Operational Managers VCA), also known as ‘VOL-VCA’.
What is VCU?
If you are an employment agency or company that supplies personnel to a VCA-certified company then each worker you send there must hold a valid VCA diploma. As an intermediary or manager of an employment agency, you must hold the diploma ‘Veiligheid voor Intercedenten en Leidinggevenden VCU’ (Safety for Intermediaries and Managers VCU), also known as ‘VIL-VCU’.
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