Profiled Route

Please note that CSCS will stop accepting Profiled Route applications, including re-submissions, from 1st April 2016. There is more information about this here.

The CSCS Profiled Route is a rigorously, independently audited route for construction site managers or supervisors who have many years experience, but do not hold a recognised NVQ or SVQ in construction. Before considering making an application via the Profiled Route you should read the guidance notes for applicants and employers:

Guidance notes for applicants and employers Feb 2016.

Applicants should note:

  • Applicants must be an experienced construction site manager or site supervisor currently or recently working for a principal contractor, sub contractor or self employed. Experience is defined as having more than 3 years experience within these roles, in which one year must have been within the last 3 years.
  • This route is NOT open to other occupations covered by the CSCS black Managers Card or CSCS gold Supervisors Card
  • Applications cost £300 (£250.00 plus VAT).  Payment will only be accepted via BACS payable to Construction Skills Certification Scheme Ltd our bank account details are on page 2 of the Smartcard Application Form.
  • All applications should include a copy of the applicant’s CV
  • Applicants must pass the appropriate CITB Health, Safety and Environment test relevant to the card they are applying for
  • Applicants must hold a valid SMSTS, SSSTS, IOSH Managing Safely or acceptable equivalent
  • Applicants should never copy or adapt other people’s answers. All applications are checked carefully by CSCS and independent Auditors and any evidence of plagiarism will result in rejection of the application with steps taken against the applicant, the employer and the reviewer
  • Do not submit original documents as we do not return any application, these are confidentially shredded after the auditor has reviewed them.

How to apply for a CSCS card via the Profiled Route

Applicants, their employer and a reviewer must allocate time to gather significant information and evidence and submit it in the required format for assessment by a CSCS auditor.

  • The appropriate Applicant Evidence Sheet (AES) must be completed to provide a detailed profile against an agreed list of knowledge/skills which reflect the relevant National Occupational Standard.

Download 04 Construction-Site-Supervisor-Application-Evidence-Sheet

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  • The AES must be reviewed by a qualified reviewer who should then complete the appropriate Reviewer Sign Off Sheet. Reviewers must hold a A1, D32, D33 or Level 3 Certificate in Assessment and have industry expertise relevant to the occupations under review. Reviewers must also have an in-depth knowledge of the National Occupation Standards for Construction Site Supervision and Management.
  • CSCS reserves the right to audit a reviewer’s credentials and checks are carried out at regular intervals. We strongly recommend reviewers provide the appropriate support and guidance when completing the applications as rejected applications requiring a re-submission will incur an additional fee of £200.

Download  04 Profiled_route_site_manager_reviewer_sign_off_sheet1

Download 04 Profiled_route_site_supervisor_reviewer_sign_off_sheet1_

Before submitting your application please read the “How to apply” guide. It is important to follow these guidelines to ensure your application is accepted:

How to apply PF chart Feb 2016 

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What happens next?

All Profiled Route applications are audited by a CSCS approved auditor who reviews the documents submitted to determine whether it is sufficient for a CSCS card to be issued. CSCS reserves the right to request further evidence if required. If the auditor recommends that the CSCS card can be issued, it will be sent within 28 working days. If the auditor determines that there is insufficient evidence of an applicant’s experience, they will refuse the application and recommend that the applicant registers for an appropriate NVQ. The fee paid is not refundable. Any application missing required documents will be immediately returned.

Please ensure you follow the process outlined in the guidance notes above before submitting an application to ensure you include all the correct forms completed along with proof of qualifications or the application will be returned.

If you have any queries regarding the Profiled Route please contact