The National Traction Engine Trust

Following the recent Engine Owners Meeting and the discussion regarding a proposal to close the current experience based scheme for the voluntary Certificate of Competency, The matter was taken to the General Council where it was decided to allow a review to take place of the experience based scheme.

We wish to make clear that there are no plans to remove the scheme and it is still available for anyone wishing to apply to take it. 

For those unclear of exactly what the scheme is all about, here is a brief outline:

The Voluntary 'Traction Engine Driver Competency Scheme' is operated by the NTET in which successful participants are awarded a 'Certificate of Competency'. Whilst this certificate has no bearing in law it does reflect the driver's/operator's commitment to safety demonstrated through an ability to manage and control an engine in a highly skilled manner. Participants may choose either of two principal options to gain a 'Certificate of Competency'.

Option 1 - Examination Route

This option examines the skills of individual drivers/operators of portable and road going steam powered vehicles against a benchmark score. A 'Certificate of Competency' is awarded to those drivers/operators scoring above the benchmark.
Where a driver/operator attains points above a second, higher, threshold and these are combined with good communicating skills and an eye for detail then the individual could be invited to take the assessors' examination.

Option 2 - Experience Based Route

This route is open to drivers/operators who can demonstrate more than 750hrs experience in raising steam and managing and driving an engine under widely varying conditions and who do not wish to be subjected to an examination.  Two sponsors are required to vouch-safe the application and 3 officials of events attended by more than 1,000 members of the public are required to provide a clean safety record.

For further information on either routes, and to download additional material please visit our Voluntary Competency Scheme page.


29 Jun 2016