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One Industry Logo

At the beginning of 2015 the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) announced via the Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025, that industry, including trade associations, contractors, clients and government, should specify and promote card schemes displaying the CSCS logo with no equivalents accepted. This is known as the One Industry Logo action.

The CLC listed a number of requirements necessary for a card scheme to qualify for the CSCS logo, which include:

  • Agreeing appropriate qualifications for each occupation
  • Setting a minimum standard for skilled occupations at NVQ/SVQ Level 2
  • The implementation of smart technology using a common interface by 31st March 2022.

Full details of the CLC’s requirements can be read here.

The objective of the One Industry Logo action is to provide clients, employers and contractors with a consistent means of recognising that an individual has achieved the agreed standard of qualification and skill in the occupation they are working in and to give the industry confidence in that brand.

Since 2015, 38 card schemes, across a range of construction sectors, have committed to the CLC requirements and so display the CSCS logo on their cards. A full list of these schemes and their contact details can be found here.


December 2020: Update

In December 2020, the CLC issued an update to its requirement regarding the implementation of Smart Technology by card schemes displaying the CSCS logo. The updated requirements states:

“By 31 March 2022, all card schemes must use smart technology which has the capability to electronically check agreed information relevant to a cardholder, using a common interface, without the need to manually enter data.

The CLC also updated its qualification requirements to reflect changes to apprenticeship standards across all four nations. The updated requirements states:

“Nationally recognised apprenticeships in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be accepted as meeting the minimum standard.”


Please note:

In the event of a decision by CSCS to withdraw from a partner card scheme all or any of its authority to use CSCS’ registered certification mark, or to reject an application by a third party to be granted such authority, the partner card scheme or third party (as the case may be) may appeal against the said decision to an independent body pursuant to and in accordance with the Terms of Reference for the resolution of appeals from disputes relating to United Kingdom Certification Mark 00003442193 CSCS in Classes 37 and 41 [], whose ruling shall be final.