The Construction Skills Certification Scheme was extended this week to cover professional occupations, including engineering, quantity surveying and architecture.

The new Professionally Qualified Persons Card is targeted at clients, designers, consultants, facilities managers and others who are not on site, but have wider health and safety responsibilities. All professionals will be required to sit a health and safety test.

At the launch of the scheme on Monday, former construction minister Nick Raynsford said: “This is of huge importance in achieving a more joined-up, safer and more productive industry.”

  • Peter Lobban, chief executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills, is the 53rd highest paid civil servant in the UK and the highest involved in the construction industry, according to recent research. Lobban, who has held this position for eight years, earned £230,149 between 2005 and 2006.