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A team from the National Construction Authority, Nairobi Regional Office, conducted an accreditation
sensitization exercise at various sites in Wanyee, Dagoretti corner area, Nairobi, on Thursday, 22 nd
The quality assurance team, pushing the slogan dubbed ‘Usalama kwa Ujenzi’, interacted with the
artisans and were able to educate them about the importance of safety and wearing personal protective
equipment to better manage work site risks. It was discovered that many contractors have indeed
procured the safety gear required however many a time it never reaches the end user, the skilled
This was the case at the visited sites that day. However, it was rectified immediately, seeing every
worker present in a helmet and reflective jacket that were previously in storage, by the time the team
completed the exercise and departed.They were also educated about accreditation, its importance and value and the requirements necessary in order to be fully accredited.The sensitization takes place in the backdrop of the Authority’s free accreditation programme, during which all accreditation fees have been waived.
The cost of accreditation is Kshs. 1,000 for construction workers and Kshs. 2,000 for site supervisors, payable every three years. The free accreditation exercise, which begun late last year and runs through to March 31st this year, was established in order to enable more workers to get enrolled onto the accreditation register.” There still remains a great disparity in the rate of uptake in spite of the fee waiver. This is almost wholly
due to a lack of awareness by the artisans and non-effective modes of communication. Exercises such as
these are important for these reasons. The personal interaction also serves to reinforce the fact that
NCA is for them and seeks their empowerment for a better, more skilled, professional and developed
Artisan accreditation is one of the Authority’s key operational functions, and has been empowered by
the NCA Act no.41 of 2011 which states that is to accredit and certify skilled construction workers and
construction site supervisors. This along with its other main functions, to register contractors and
regulate their undertakings and register construction projects and ensure compliance, resultant in a
highly streamlined construction industry.