News

  • Professional Body status for the Institute of Carpenters

    General News, November 16, 2017

    CSCS are pleased to confirm that Fellow and Member grades at the Institute of Carpenters (IoC) are now eligible for the CSCS Professionally Qualified Person (PQP) card.

  • Wednesday 15th November phone lines closed between 11 am and 2 pm

    General News, November 14, 2017

    Our phone lines are closed today from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • Health, safety & environment test redevelopment

    General News, November 8, 2017

    CITB is reviewing the Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test to ensure that it continues to contribute towards a qualified workforce with the right knowledge, skills and training.

  • Enhanced verification of overseas qualifications

    General News, November 6, 2017

    From 1st December 2017, overseas construction workers wishing to work in the UK will have the technical content of their overseas qualification mapped against the relevant UK National Occupational Standard for that occupation.

  • We are currently experiencing high call volumes

    General News, October 18, 2017

    Due to the withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card we are experiencing high-call volumes and this has increased our call waiting times.

  • New SAFed route for welders to obtain CSCS cards

    General News, October 9, 2017

    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), the Safety Assessment Federation (SAFed) and Zurich Engineering have announced a new route for welders to gain a SAFed card displaying the CSCS logo.

  • Cold calling security notice

    General News, September 27, 2017

    CSCS has received reports from some employers that they are being contacted by individuals claiming to be CSCS agents and asking for card details.

  • NAS goes virtual with the SICCS skills card

    General News, September 19, 2017

    The National Association of Shopfitters & Interior Contractors (NAS) is delighted to announce the launch of its new Virtual SICCS Smartcard - a digital card that is stored in an app called Vircarda on a smartphone - developed by Reference Point for the CSCS Go Smart platform.

  • CRO Cards remain valid until expiry date

    General News, September 8, 2017

    It has been brought to CSCS’s attention that some CRO card holders, contractors and employers believe all CRO cards expire on the 30th September. This is not the case.

  • CRO Occupations requiring qualification development

    General News, September 8, 2017

    CSCS recognise there are a number of qualifications currently under development that will not be available by the end of September. These workers will require access to site after their CRO expires and while their qualification is under development.

  • Glazing occupations now on the Q-card

    General News, August 29, 2017

    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is notifying the industry that glazing/fenestration occupations are being transferred to the GQA Qualifications (formerly Glass Qualifications Authority) Q-Card.

  • CSCS accepts the PCN Certification

    General News, August 25, 2017

    CSCS and the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) have agreed a new route to a CSCS card.

  • Last Call for CRO Cards

    General News, August 23, 2017

    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is reminding the industry that time is almost up for 85,000 Construction Related Occupation (CRO) cards.

  • Enhanced document verification tackles overseas card fraud

    General News, August 18, 2017

    From October 2017 UK NARIC will be introducing a new application process for holders of construction skills certificates that have been awarded overseas.

  • CSCS accepts Water Jetters training programme

    General News, August 8, 2017

    The Water Jetting Association (WJA) Safety Awareness Training Programme has been approved as an equivalent to the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Associated Industrial Services Occupations (Water Jetting.

  • Virtual is getting real

    General News, July 21, 2017

    The National Federation of Demolition Contractors in conjunction with the National Demolition Training Group, have recently announced the launch of a new virtual CCDO SmartCard.

  • MSite and Carillion go smart with pre-induction

    General News, July 20, 2017

    Carillion Construction Services has transformed its company-wide inductions process by using the MSITE pre-induction system.

  • Qualification developed for Architectural Metalworker

    General News, June 15, 2017

    Following feedback from the industry, CITB has concluded that there is a need for an Architectural Metalworker qualification.

  • Are you paying too much for your CSCS card?

    General News, June 15, 2017

    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is urging employers and construction workers to be vigilant when dealing with third party companies that offer CSCS card application services

  • Thermal Insulation occupations moved to TICA

    General News, June 2, 2017

    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is notifying the industry the Thermal Insulation Operative will be transferred to the new TICA Skill Card.

  • The Build UK Summer Party is going virtual

    General News, June 1, 2017

    No, the party is not virtual, but the invitations are!

  • CSCS cards: new rules for asbestos operatives

    General News, May 26, 2017

    The Asbestos Removal Management Institute (ARMI), the standard setting body for Asbestos, has confirmed the qualification requirements for the Asbestos Removal Operative blue Skilled Worker card.

  • Why a 100% carded workforce isn’t always 100% right

    General News, May 25, 2017

    People attending site to perform a non-construction related occupation should not be expected to carry a CSCS card.

  • CSCS suspends recognition of e-learning IOSH Working Safely certificate

    General News, May 5, 2017

    CSCS has announced the suspension of the IOSH Working Safely certificate via e-learning assessment as an approved route to obtaining the green Labourer card.

  • SSPC Trainthepainter signs agreement to display CSCS logo

    General News, April 28, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that SSPC Trainthepainter have become a partner card scheme.

  • CSCS announces new apprenticeship funding agreement with CCATF

    General News, April 28, 2017

    The Cross-industry Construction Apprenticeship Taskforce (CCATF) has reached agreement with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) for a funding package in support of the CCATF’ ‘Pathway to Construction’ Scheme.

  • CITB research into the experiences of non-UK construction workers

    General News, April 21, 2017

    CITB has commissioned IFF Research and the Institute of Employment Research (IER) to undertake an important piece of research into the experiences of non-UK workers in the construction sector across Great Britain. This research will help inform industry by identifying current and potential skills needs.

  • Smart thinking by JIB PMES

    General News, April 20, 2017

    The Joint Industry Board for Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services in England and Wales (JIB-PMES) are pleased to announce the introduction of smart technology.

  • The CSCS email address is changing

    General News, April 5, 2017

    From 11th April 2017, all CSCS email addresses ending in gb.com will be withdrawn and replaced with co.uk. This means emails sent to gb.com will not be delivered.

  • Locksmith and Safe Engineer occupations withdrawn from CSCS

    General News, March 29, 2017

    The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA), with support from the Standard Setting Body – Skills for Security, have formally requested that “Locksmith” and “Safe Engineer” occupations be withdrawn from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

  • CITB research into the experiences of non-UK construction workers

    General News, March 28, 2017

    CITB has commissioned IFF Research and the Institute of Employment Research (IER) to undertake an important piece of research into the experiences of non-UK workers in the construction sector across Great Britain.

  • Industry Accreditation

    General News, February 2, 2017

    Industry Accreditation (IA), also known as Grandfather Rights, allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards on the strength of an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification.

  • Professional Body status for the BIFM

    General News, February 1, 2017

    CSCS are pleased to confirm that the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) members are now eligible for a CSCS Professionally Qualified Person (PQP) card.

  • National SmartCard audit on 8th February

    General News, January 27, 2017

    Build UK and CECA are holding a SmartCard audit across all their members’ sites on 8th February

  • Annual Review 2016 published

    General News, January 10, 2017

    CSCS has published the Annual Review for 2016

  • CSCS to stop issuing CRO cards from 31st March 2017

    General News, January 5, 2017

    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is reminding the industry to get ready for the withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card.

  • Occupations moved to ECS

    General News, December 12, 2016

    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is notifying the industry that the Communications Installer and Team Leader occupations will be transferred to the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS).

  • No CSCS cards for NVQ Assessors

    General News, October 27, 2016

    CSCS is advising NVQ Assessors and Verifiers that they do not require CSCS cards

  • Employer Application turnaround time increases

    General News, October 18, 2016

    Processing times for Employer Application times has temporarily increased

  • The CCDO Scheme goes Smart

    General News, September 12, 2016

    From the 1st September 2016 all NDTG completed training courses will result in one of the new style CCDO Smart Cards cards being issued.

  • Clarification for Cleaners

    General News, September 7, 2016

    CSCS cards are intended for construction related occupations only. Industry recognises that due to the diverse nature of construction projects, there are occasions when a person may need to access a construction site to perform a non-construction activity and that these individuals would not be expected to carry a CSCS card.

  • Trainee Card Changes

    General News, August 1, 2016

    Trainee cards have changed. Find out how this will affect you

  • Sites Go Smart with SmartCards in Construction Manager

    General News, July 5, 2016

    Construction Manager, the official magazine of the CIOB, is helping CSCS to push for more sites to adopt SmartCard technology. Despite the numerous benefits of the CSCS Smartech contained in every CSCS card, recent surveys show that few sites are taking advantage of this free feature.

  • Trainee card changes - are you ready?

    General News, June 30, 2016

    Feedback from industry has told CSCS the acceptance of qualifications not based on a National Occupational Standard is causing confusion amongst card holders and their employers.

  • Employers urged to check CSCS cards the Smart way

    General News, April 18, 2016

    Following extensive reports in the media earlier this year highlighting the dangers of construction card fraud, CSCS is urging employers to carry out electronic card checks before allowing workers on site.

  • Profiled Route is now closed

    General News, April 1, 2016

    Profiled route has closed.

  • CSCS cards provide smart way to reduce vibration damage

    General News, March 31, 2016

    Following a report from the HSE* saying that construction has higher rates of vibration white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome than any other sector, employers across the industry are looking at ways to tackle the ill effects of working with vibrating equipment on construction sites.

  • Lightning Conductor Engineers and Steeplejacks: are you ready?

    General News, March 22, 2016

    A new requirement is in place for operatives renewing their Lightning Conductor Engineer or Steeplejack CSCS card.

  • Are you paying too much for your CSCS card?

    General News, March 15, 2016

    Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is urging employers and construction workers to be vigilant when dealing with third party companies that offer CSCS card application services.

  • CLC: One Industry Logo. What does it mean for you?

    General News, March 3, 2016

    At the beginning of 2015 the CLC announced (via its Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025) that industry, including trade associations, contractors, clients and government should specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo with no equivalents accepted.

  • CSCS updating the construction industry

    General News, February 18, 2016

    CSCS has been out and about talking to a wide range of organsations about its recent activities and its plans for the future to gather feedback to inform future developments.

  • Annual Review 2015

    General News, February 9, 2016

    CSCS has published its Annual Review for 2015.

  • New application slashes CSCS card check times for home builders

    General News, February 1, 2016

    New card checking applications saves housebuilder 500 working days per year

  • Employers urged to check CSCS cards electronically

    General News, January 25, 2016

    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have revoked 4,615 cards, following investigations into fraudulent activity at five test centres.

  • Construction industry united in fight against fraud

    General News, December 9, 2015

    The recent BBC Newsnight undercover investigation identified fraudulent activity at some test centres delivering construction industry training. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), British Safety Council (BSC) and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has made the following joint statement:

  • Changes to Profiled Route

    General News, December 4, 2015

    CSCS will stop accepting all applications via the Profiled Route from 1st April 2016.

  • BBC Fake Britain reporting on construction industry certification cards

    General News, December 4, 2015

    Following the BBC’s episode of Fake Britain broadcast on 4th December regarding the use of fake skills certification cards, CSCS has made a statment.

  • BBC fraud investigation: CSCS confirms cards at risk of cancellation

    General News, November 9, 2015

    BBC fraud investigation: CSCS confirms cards at risk of cancellation

  • Action taken in light of fraud exposure

    General News, October 23, 2015

    CSCS takes the issue of fraudulent activity extremely seriously.

  • BBC reporting fraudulent behaviour in the classroom

    General News, October 21, 2015

    Following the reports on BBC London and Newsnight (Wednesday 21 October) regarding people fraudulently obtaining construction related qualifications, CSCS has made a statement.

  • CSCS hits 2 million

    General News, October 21, 2015

    CSCS recently presented the two millionth card.

  • Smart move by SKILLcard

    General News, October 12, 2015

    The Engineering Services SKILLcard is converting to ‘smart’ technology as part of a strategy to further improve professional standards across the building engineering services industry.

  • Smart move by SKILLcard

    General News, October 12, 2015

    First scheme affiliated to CSCS to switch to chip-enabled smart technology

  • CSCS launches free apps…

    General News, October 3, 2015

    There are now three free Android apps available to download.

  • CRO card

    CRO changes from October 1st

    General News, October 1, 2015

    CRO cards are changing from 1st October and will no longer be issued from 31st March 2017.

  • For labourers

    General News, September 24, 2015

    If you work in a labouring occupation you can apply for the labourer card. You will need to meet a number of requirements which you can read about on this page.

  • Mobile phone

    Advice on using CSCS Smartcards

    General News, September 17, 2015

    Find out how easy it is to use CSCS smartcards to cut costs and improve efficiency on construction sites.

  • If you’ve got a CSO card you need to be making a plan

    General News, September 13, 2015

    In July CSCS stopped issuing green Construction Site Operative (CSO) cards.

  • How do I book a CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test

    General News, September 10, 2015

    Read about how you can book a CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test on this page.

  • CRO Card

    Changes to the CRO card – another step towards a fully qualified workforce

    General News, August 24, 2015

    This page contains information about changes to the CRO card.

  • CSCS website on mobile phone

    CSCS goes mobile

    General News, July 29, 2015

    More and more visitors to the CSCS website are using smartphones and tablets.

  • Workmen looking a mobile phone

    CSCS cards help McGee’s desire to revolutionize systems

    General News, July 3, 2015

    McGee is using CSCS smartcards to help to to increase efficiency and improve safety.

  • Service update

    General News, June 30, 2015

    As the demand for more workers on construction sites increases to meet rising work levels, the volume of calls and applications to the CSCS Contact Centre for CSCS cards has grown rapidly.

  • CSCS Update Presentation

    General News, June 19, 2015

    Senior managers from CSCS recently presented a webinar that covered all the latest developments to the scheme.

  • Call to tackle construction card fraud

    General News, June 11, 2015

    One in five of those responsible for checking cards on construction sites have seen fake certification cards for construction workers in the past year, which means that some workers may not be qualified to do the jobs they are doing, according to a new survey published today.

  • New video provides help on applying for CSCS cards

    General News, June 3, 2015

    CITB and CSCS have produced a new video that provides advice for individuals applying for or renewing CSCS cards.

  • Nick Boles has been reappointed as construction minister

    General News, May 20, 2015

    In one of his final government appointments David Cameron has kept Nick Boles as construction minister alongside his role as minister for skills.

  • CSCS consultation on hold until further notice

    General News, April 27, 2015

    The CSCS Board has decided to defer consultation on simpifying the scheme.

  • How to apply for a Labourer Card

    General News, April 27, 2015

    CITB and CSCS have produced a short video that describes how to apply for a Labourer card in three easy steps.

  • Not sure which card to apply for?

    General News, April 27, 2015

    The type of CSCS card you should apply depends on what your job is and what qualifications you have.

  • Quick answers to common questions

    General News, April 2, 2015

    The CSCS contact centre receives thousands of calls every working day, with the majority of the enquiries relatively straightforward to answer. So to save you time and money calling, we’ve summarised the most frequently asked questions and answers which we hope you will find useful.

  • Card checking survey - we want to hear your views

    General News, March 17, 2015

    CITB, in partnership with CSCS, is conducting the first industry-wide survey to assess card checking procedures

  • Changes to profiled route

    General News, March 16, 2015

    From 1st May 2015 the following rules will apply for all profiled route applications submitted to CSCS

  • Which card should you be applying for?

    General News, March 4, 2015

    Have you used the CSCS cardfinder?

  • Improved service levels

    General News, March 4, 2015

    Over the past 12 months the service levels provided by the CSCS Contact Centre have improved dramatically.

  • Trevor Walker

    General News, March 4, 2015

    It is with regret that we announce that former CSCS Chairman Trevor Walker has died after a long battle with illness.

  • Looking to make your sites smarter?

    General News, February 23, 2015

    Using CSCS smartcards can help improve efficiency and cut costs.

  • CSCS news straight to your inbox

    General News, February 16, 2015

    Our enewsletter will keep you informed about the latest CSCS news.

  • Check out our new website

    General News, February 3, 2015

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our new look website www.cscs.uk.com. The new site is designed to be a One Stop Shop for all your CSCS enquiries.

  • CSCS appoints new scheme manager

    General News, February 3, 2015

    Following 2 successful years as CSCS Office Manager, we are pleased to announce Angeleen Hill has been promoted to Scheme Manager.

  • CSCS - what it is and what it's not...

    General News, December 8, 2014

    Although most people are familiar with CSCS there are many views expressed regarding its purpose and what it means to have a CSCS card. To summarise:

  • CSCS is not about competence...

    General News, December 8, 2014

    In the past many schemes, CSCS included, have been promoted as ‘Competency’ card schemes i.e. possession of a card automatically signifies the cardholder is competent to carry out a given task or job. Furthermore the industry has been keen to embrace this concept with cursory inspection of the card before individuals are allowed to work on site.

  • Green card update

    General News, December 8, 2014

    Up until July 2014 CSCS had issued over 700,000 green CSO cards. These cards were issued on completion of a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Health, Safety & Environment test together with an Employer recommendation.

  • If you've got a CSO card you need to be making a plan

    General News, December 8, 2014

    You are probably aware that in July CSCS stopped issuing green Construction Site Operative (CSO) cards.

  • New communications manager joins CSCS

    General News, September 11, 2014

    Following 5 years with CSCS Helen Atkinson will be leaving at the end of September to take up the position of Director of Member Services with the Electrical Contractors Association.

  • Improving customer service...

    General News, August 6, 2014

    The upturn in CSCS card applications this year is a positive indicator for the construction industry. However, it has created pressure on the card processing service provided by CITB.

  • Results of level one award pilot project...

    General News, June 13, 2014

    New qualification for Labourers – Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

  • New video: Using SmartCards

    General News, June 9, 2014

    New CSCS video about SmartCards

  • Beware of misleading charges...

    General News, April 10, 2014

    CSCS Chief Executive Graham Wren is urging people applying for CSCS cards and booking CITB's Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) tests through third party companies to be on their guard against misleading charging policies.

  • Countryside Properties pioneers use of CSCS SmartCards...

    General News, February 3, 2014

    Countryside Properties pioneers use of CSCS SmartCards.

  • BAM Nuttall implements CSCS-based worker verification system at Europe's largest construction site...

    General News, January 8, 2014

    BAM Nuttall implements CSCS-based worker verification system at Europe's largest construction site.

  • CSCS certificates withdrawn...

    General News, November 19, 2013

    CSCS is withdrawing its Certificates of Commitment with immediate effect.

  • Green card changes

    General News, September 24, 2013

    From 1st July 2014 the green CSCS Construction Site Operative (CSO) card is no longer being issued.

  • HRS integrates access solution with CSCS...

    General News, September 5, 2013

    Human Recognition Systems (HRS), a leader in total biometric solutions, has announced the integration of its advanced access control solution, MSite, with CSCS.

  • CSCS reaches major milestone

    General News, May 14, 2013

    CSCS has issued its millionth Smartcard.

  • CSCS helps the industry get smarter...

    General News, April 24, 2013

    CSCS recently held an event in central London at which its IT Partners outlined how CSCS SmartCards can be used with a range of software-based solutions to increase productivity, cut costs and improve health and safety management.

  • Apps make smart technology easily accessible...

    General News, April 24, 2013

    CSCS now has three free apps available for download from Google Play.

  • Investing in the industry...

    General News, April 24, 2013

    Recently CSCS has sponsored several industry events including two CIOB Committed to Construction awards as well as CECA, NFB and SBF events.

  • CSCS Survey...

    General News, April 11, 2013

    A recent CSCS survey identified that most major construction sites require site workers to hold CSCS cards.

  • CITB and CSCS negotiate new agreement...

    General News, February 5, 2013

    CSCS is in talks to negotiate a new agreement with CITB who administer the scheme under contract.

  • Project director explains benefits of CSCS smartcards...

    General News, February 2, 2013

    VINCI/BAM Nuttall Project Director, Jez Haskins, was recently interviewed about how the joint venture’s site at Tottenham Court Road underground station is reducing overheads and improving efficiency by using CSCS SmartCards.

  • CSCS launches free apps to cut contractors’ costs...

    General News, January 27, 2013

    CSCS has developed three free apps for use on smartphones and tablets that enable contractors to use the card scheme’s smartcards for a range of applications.

  • CSCS launches free apps...

    General News, January 24, 2013

    Check CSCS cards simply by placing them on your Android smartphone or tablet.

  • CSCS or equivalent specified for Scottish public sector construction projects...

    General News, January 4, 2013

    The Scottish Government has introduced a new policy for the assessment of skills, competence and safety standards on construction sites.