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  • What does “introducing smart technology by 2020” actually mean?
  • CSCS cards have smart chips embedded which can be used for verifying cardholders’ details and other applications. Using this technology makes cards harder to forge and also more useful for recording and accessing other information. How scheme operators decided to implement this requirement is up to them. If required, CSCS and its IT partners can provide advice and help with implementation of smart technology

  • Will card scheme operators incur costs for becoming CSCS logoed?
  • CSCS will not charge for auditing schemes against the CLC criteria or supplying the logo. There may be extra charges from card producers for adding the logo which card schemes would need to consider.

  • When do card scheme operators have to meet the requirements?
  • The CLC action states “A transition process to bring all existing cardholders up to the minimum standard by 2020 will be agreed and implemented”. So if plans are not in place by 2020 a card scheme will be prevented from displaying the logo.

  • What do card scheme operators have to do to comply?
  • They will need to meet the requirements set out by the CLC.

    In early 2015 CSCS completed an internal audit of the scheme against the CLC’s requirements. The results of this audit may be useful to other scheme operators to help them to determine what actions they need to take to ensure their scheme is compliant with the CLC’s stipulations.

  • How much does training cost?
  • Costs will vary, depending on the qualification your employees need to obtain. Check which qualifications are recognised for the job they do using the CSCS cardfinder.

  • What training do I need to put in place for my employees?
  • Training requirements will vary depending on your employees’ occupation and experience. You can either register them for the S/NVQ or other recognised qualification relevant to their job. Visit the CSCS cardfinder. Cardfinder will confirm which qualifications are recognised for each occupation, which CSCS card to apply for and which CITB Health, Safety & Environment test needs to be passed.

    Alternatively it may be appropriate for you to consider assessment using On-site Assessment and Training (OSAT) or Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA). You can find out more about these routes from your employer, training provider or local college.

  • Is there any funding to support my employees in getting an NVQ?
  • There may be funding available depending on your circumstances. Your company may be able to claim some of the costs through their CITB Training Plan.

  • My occupation does not have a relevant NVQ? What do I do?
  • CSCS is aware there are occupations without nationally recognised qualifications. Where appropriate, work is already underway to develop new nationally recognised qualifications for these occupations.

  • How do I find out what qualifications are available for my occupation?
  • Visit the CSCS cardfinder to confirm which qualifications are recognised for your occupation, which CSCS card to apply for and which CITB Health, Safety & Environment test you need to pass.

  • I don’t have an NVQ, does that mean I will have to get qualified?
  • It depends on the type of card you have:

    • CSO – CSCS no longer issues these cards. There is information here about what you need to do when this card expire
    • CRO – CSCS will stop issuing Construction Related Occupation (CRO) cards in April 2017. All CRO cards issued from 1st October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017 and are not renewable. You will be expected to register for a nationally recognised construction related qualification before the card expires. Read more about the CRO card changes.
    • IA – If you obtained your CSCS card through Industry Accreditation (IA), sometimes known as grandfather rights, you will be able to renew it without achieving an NVQ. However, there is an expectation from the CLC that we develop a plan to move all industry accredited cardholders to a recognised qualification by 2020.
    • Profiled Route – CSCS stopped accepting applications via the Profiled Route in April 2016 but cards already obtained this way are renewable. Read more about the Profiled Route changes.
    • AQP, PQP and visitors – These cards will continue to be renewable.