VCA Textbook and exam

For work with an increased risk of physical injury and material damage, the employee is required to be in possession of a valid VCA diploma. Depending on the tasks and responsibilities, the employee must obtain a diploma for Basic Safety VCA or VOL-VCA for operational managers.

Content of the VCA BASIC, VCA-VOL textbook and exam

Training goalsAfter reading the candidate knows:

  • what behaviour can cause in the context of working safely
  • how safer working leads to fewer (near) accidents
  • how a safer working environment can be created
Target audienceEmployees with operational tasks under supervision of an operational manager (VOL-VCA)Operational managers and Contract managers
LanguagesDutch, English, PolishDutch or English
Course package
  • Exam
  • Textbook
  • SSVV example exams
  • PlusPort example exams 

Important: Although the textbook is sent immediately, it usually takes 4 working days before it is received by post.



The VCA exam is an official exam. The candidate has a choice of over 50 locations to do the exam.
VCA Basic is up to 60 minutes. VOL VCA maximum 75 minutes.
VCA Basic: 40 multiple choice questions, of which 26 must be answered correctly
VOL VCA: 70 multiple choice questions, of which 45 must be answered correctly


Every candidate who passed the exam receives a diploma and plastic pass by post. This diploma is valid for 10 years.

Further information:

The Netherlands and Belgium have a long tradition of cooperation in the field of VCA. This has led to Belgium now using the same system as the Netherlands. Dutch and Belgian VCA diplomas are therefore equivalent and valid in both countries.

Germany, France and Austria:
You can often also get started in Germany, France and Austria with your VCA diploma. It is ultimately your client who determines whether your certificate suffices. Conversely, the German, French and Austrian variants of VCA are also accepted in these countries, whereby the client determines again.

Other countries:
Other countries do not (yet) use safety systems comparable to VCA. Your diploma is not valid there, just as VCA variants from other countries are not valid in the Netherlands.

RegisterThe diploma is registered in the Centraal Diploma Register VCA (CDR). The diploma is also registered in the profile of the PlusPort Academy, which gives the student a reminder for renewal on time.
Price€ 159,00 excl. VAT