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  • My current card does not have a CSCS logo, will I still be able to get onto site with it?
  • The CLC has asked industry, including trade associations, contractors, clients and government to specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo with no equivalents accepted. It is our understanding that the vast majority of principle contractors and homebuilders intend to adhere to the CLC strategy.

    Many industry card schemes are already engaging with CSCS and we believe most others are developing plans to meet the CLC’s requirements to qualify for the CSCS logo.

    Several card schemes are in the process of applying for the CSCS logo and we hope to be making further announcements as more schemes meet the CLC requirements and sign agreements with CSCS.

    If your card scheme has not already engaged with CSCS to discuss displaying the CSCS logo, we would encourage you to ask a representative from your card scheme to contact CSCS to discuss the CLC’s requirements and what they need to do to meet them.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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