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Industry Accreditation

  • Why are IA cards being withdrawn?
  • In 2015 the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) announced (via the Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025) that skills certification card schemes carrying the CSCS logo must operate with nationally recognised qualifications (NVQs or approved equivalents) in place for all occupations.

    CSCS cards awarded under IA do not require the applicant to hold nationally recognised construction-related qualifications. As such, it does not meet the requirements of the CLC and, as a consequence, CSCS will cease renewing cards held under IA at the end of 2024.

  • What happens if I apply to renew my IA card before the 1st January 2020?
  • If your application is received on or before 1st January 2020, you will be able to renew your IA card with a normal 5-year life span. However, before it expires you must achieve or be registered for a recognised construction related qualification for your occupation.

  • Why stop issuing IA cards in June 2024 when cards are still valid until December 2024?
  • CSCS believes it isn’t appropriate to issue a card which is valid for less than six months as it would add additional and unnecessary renewal costs to the card holder.

    An IA card renewed in June 2024 will last for six months and will not be renewable again. Before it expires the card holder must achieve or be registered for a recognised construction related qualification and apply for the appropriate CSCS card for their job.

  • I have been working for many years. Why do I need a qualification now?
  • In 2015 the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) announced (via the Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025) that skills certification card schemes carrying the CSCS logo must operate with nationally recognised qualifications (NVQs or approved equivalents) in place for all occupations.

    Only qualifications can provide a consistent means of proving an individual’s skills. This is why the Construction Leadership Council requires all those working in construction related occupations to obtain a recognised qualification.

  • How do I find out which qualification I need?
  • Use the CSCS Card Finder to check what qualifications you need for your occupation. Alternatively, you can call the CSCS Contact Centre on 0344 994 4777.

  • Can I get funding for my qualification?
  • There is a wide range of financial support available to both employees and the self-employed seeking to achieve qualifications within the UK construction industry. Got our funding page to find out more.

  • I have a qualification. Will you accept it?
  • Use the CSCS Card Finder to check what qualifications you need for your occupation in order to apply for a CSCS card. Alternatively, you can call the CSCS Contact Centre on 0344 994 4777.

  • Can I just keep working without a CSCS card?
  • Holding a CSCS card is not a legislative requirement. It is entirely up to the principal contractor or client whether workers are required to hold a card before they are allowed on site. However, most principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid CSCS card.

  • My occupation is not constructed related but my employer says that I need a card. What do I do?
  • CSCS cards are only issued to those who work in construction related occupations. If your occupation is not construction related you do not require a card.

    Should your entry to site be refused by a contractor because you do not hold a CSCS card, please direct them to this webpage. Alternatively, contact CSCS directly at [email protected] or by telephone on 0344 994 4777 for further assistance.

  • What do I do if I have no qualifications?
  • If you do not hold a recognised construction-related qualification then you must gain or register for the appropriate qualification before your final IA card expires. Remember, you have until 2024 before IA cards are withdrawn, sufficient time to put a plan in place to obtain a qualification.

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