- Why is CSCS stopping accepting new Profiled Route applications?
Profiled Route was introduced in 2011 and was intended for construction site managers or supervisors who have on site experience but do not hold a nationally recognised qualification in construction. Applicants are only required to submit evidence of their experience for independent review to qualify for a card.
The construction industry has since told CSCS that it wants to qualify the workforce. This means clients, employers and contractors want construction workers to achieve a nationally recognised qualification for the occupation they are working in.
Profiled Route does not support industry’s desire for a qualified workforce – it tells your employer you do not hold a nationally recognised construction related qualification.
On this basis Profiled Route is no longer fit for purpose. CSCS has consulted with industry to determine the best way to address this issue. From 1st April 2016 CSCS will stop accepting new applications for Profiled Route.
The introduction of these new measures is a practical approach to industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce.
- I already have a CSCS card obtained through the Profiled Route, am I affected by this decision?
Existing cards issued under Profiled Route will remain valid and can be renewed as normal provided applicants renew their cards in line with CSCS scheme requirements.
- I have years of experience why do I need a qualification to prove that I’m a skilled site manager or supervisor?
While experience is important, the construction industry’s aim is to improve standards and safety on UK construction sites. This is why clients, employers and contractors want construction workers to achieve a nationally recognised qualification for the occupation they are working in.
Employers are increasingly using CSCS cards as a means to check that workers on their sites have the correct qualifications for the job they are doing. Profiled Route tells your employer you do not hold a nationally recognised construction related qualification.
You are required to obtain a Construction related NVQ/SVQ levels 4, 5, 6 or 7 in the relevant construction management level qualification.
The qualification you need to achieve will depend what job you do on a construction site. Check the requirements using the CSCS Card Finder.