The Construction Skills Certification Scheme has announced the launch of a virtual card and new app.
CSCS has published its Annual Review 2020
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme is reminding the industry not to send in CSCS card applications by post. Applications received by post will not be processed.
The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has updated its requirements related to the acceptance of apprenticeships by CSCS and its partner card schemes.
PASMA, the recognised authority in access towers, and CSCS, the leading card scheme for the UK construction industry, have become a CSCS Partner Card Scheme.
CITB have introduced an online version of the Health and Safety Awareness (HSA) Course. The online course can be used to apply for the green Labourer card.
New training and courses booked through CourseSight will now be automatically added to a CSCS card.
The Construction Leadership Council has launched the Talent Retention Scheme (CLC TRS) to keep essential talent within the UK Construction industry.
Lift and Escalator Testers applying for CSCS cards will now receive a gold Supervisor card instead of a black Manager card.
CSCS has made the decision to stop accepting any further alternatives to the RQF Level 1 Award
The British Safety Council recently announced their plans to stop delivering the Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.
IOSH have introduced a new course called ‘Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Workers’ which will be accepted for the CSCS Labourer card.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), the Safety Assessment Federation (SAFed), and Structural and Weld Testing Services Ltd (SWTS) have announced a new route for welders to gain a “Skilled Worker – Qualified Welder” card displaying the CSCS logo.
CSCS is pleased to announce that electronic card checks are now available on iPhones.
To apply for your CSCS card you will need your HS&E Test ID.
We are experiencing some technical issues with our new online application service.
Microsoft currently have a global technical issue. We are in contact with our internet service provider who are investigating. This means we are unable to process applications at this time. We will update this page once we have more information.
There is currently a nationwide internet outage with BT.
CSCS has published its Annual Review for 2019
Online application issues
After 24 years with CSCS Gordon Jenkins will be leaving this Christmas to explore new opportunities in America.
CSCS has ended an exemption CSCS card applicants could previously use to get a CSCS card without passing the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Health, safety and environment test.
Statement on the requirements for Occupational Work Supervision National and Scottish Vocational Qualifications/Gold Supervisor Cards
Improved navigation, combined with a contemporary look and feel will improve the experience for visitors to the site.
Full member and other relevant grades of membership of CSCS recognised professional bodies can apply for the CSCS Professionally Qualified Person (PQP) card.
CSCS is withdrawing an exemption to the HSE test requirement for getting a CSCS card.
CSCS is no longer accepting card applications from Construction Support Line
CSCS have issued clarification on using the Occupational Work Supervision NVQ/SVQ to apply for a CSCS card
The Health, safety and environment test for the construction industry is being updated on 26 June 2019.
If you work in a specialist occupation, then you should apply for a card from one of our specialist Partner Card Schemes.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has announced plans to withdraw postal applications.
CSCS has consulted with the industry and agreed a plan that will pave the way for the eventual withdrawal of cards issued under Industry Accreditation.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) will be launching an updated online service aimed at speeding up the CSCS card application process.
CSCS is asking employers to remember that not everyone on their site needs a CSCS card.
CSCS has issued guidance for construction managers who hold academic qualifications
Past graduates of The Survey Association’s Surveying Course can now use the course to get a Gold CSCS card
CSCS has published its Annual Review for 2018
CSCS offices will be closed from 6pm on Friday 21st December 2018 until 8am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
The training organisation Youthforce has developed a new skills development programme for the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard for Laboratory Technicians
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is set to launch an improved employer application process that is quicker, easier and online.
CSCS is pleased to announce that The British safety Council has reinstated the Digital College's online Level 1 Award ‘Health & Safety in a Construction Environment’ course and qualification.
On the 3rd October 2018, Build UK and CECA carried out their annual SmartCard audit on their members’ sites. The results of this audit have now been compiled and released.
A man who manufactured and sold fake construction industry skill cards has been jailed for more than 3 years.
The Energy & Utility Skills Register (EUSR) has been rebranded, as part of a series of measures to add value to the energy and utilities sector workforce.
CSCS are pleased to confirm that Chartered Member and Fellow grades at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) are now eligible for the Professionally Qualified Person (PQP) card.
CSCS is pleased to announce recognition of the new bricklayer apprenticeship standard Level 2 developed by the FMB-led employer group, in partnership with the wider industry. On completion of the apprenticeship workers will be able to apply for the CSCS blue Skilled Worker card.
A new white paper by CSCS IT Partner Donseed looks at the statistics behind how CSCS SmartCards are currently being verified on site.
FIS have announced the launch of their #iBuiltThis2018 campaign.
CSCS recently received reports that holders of NPORS cards (one of CSCS’s Partner Card Schemes) have had workers turned away from site because their cards were considered not to be approved by CSCS.
FIS have introduced two offers to help fit-out sector drylining operatives upgrade to the Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card, an essential replacement for the expired CRO cards which cannot be renewed.
Over the last few years CSCS has made a number of high profile changes that ensure construction workers hold the correct qualifications for the job they do on site.
CSCS will be increasing the cost of a card to £36 (this includes VAT) with effect from 1st September 2018. This increase applies to all cards administered directly by CSCS.
All Construction Site Visitor cards issued from 3rd September 2018 will expire on 31st August 2020 and CSCS will stop issuing the card from 28th February 2020.
As part of the launch of its new Biometric Identity Workplace Management system, Donseed Workplace®, Donseed has announced a new integration with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.
CITB’s Health, safety and environment test currently costs £19.50. However, CITB have announced that from Monday 18th June 2018 the price will increase to £21
The British Safety Council (BSC) has confirmed the suspension of the Digital College’s delivery of the RQF Level 1 Award Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme is pleased to announce the appointment of Carolyn Uphill as Chairman of the Board with effect from 1st May 2018.
CSCS recently received reports that holders of the GQA CSCS Q-card (one of CSCS’s Partner Card Schemes) have had Labourers turned away from site because their cards and their occupations were not considered to be approved by CSCS.
CSCS is pleased to announce that the Safe2Site online course has been approved as the latest route to the green Labourer card.
Due to the adverse weather conditions a number of staff are unable to make the journey to work. Unfortunately, this means we cannot deliver the normal telephone service and we have taken the decision to close the telephone lines for today.
BSC have taken the decision to stop verifying or replacing older versions of their certificates
Our service provider CITB are experiencing high call volumes and this has increased the call waiting times at our contact centre.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is notifying the industry that asbestos related occupations are being moved to alternative schemes.
Following confirmation that Microsoft are ending their support for Windows phones, CSCS is withdrawing the Go smart app for Windows phones.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is notifying the industry that blasting occupations are being transferred to the Blasting Competency Scheme (BCS)
CSCS has published its Annual Review for 2017
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has taken the decision to serve notice on its contract to provide the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) with card application and contact centre services.
Our phone lines will be closed on Thursday 7th December for system improvements.
The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), the leading trade association for landscape professionals in the UK, has today announced its adoption of Go Smart
Following the success of the CLC’s 2015 decision and its adoption across the industry the CLC have announced further enhancements to the original requirements.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme and the Safety Assessment Federation have announced an extension to their route for welders, with a card offered by its member WQ Inspection & Certification (WQiC).
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.
Our phone lines are closed today from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CSCS has received reports from some employers that they are being contacted by individuals claiming to be CSCS agents and asking for card details.
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.
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.
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.
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 and the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) have agreed a new route to a CSCS card.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is reminding the industry that time is almost up for 85,000 Construction Related Occupation (CRO) cards.
From October 2017 UK NARIC will be introducing a new application process for holders of construction skills certificates that have been awarded overseas.
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.
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.
Carillion Construction Services has transformed its company-wide inductions process by using the MSITE pre-induction system.
Following feedback from the industry, CITB has concluded that there is a need for an Architectural Metalworker qualification.
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
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is notifying the industry the Thermal Insulation Operative will be transferred to the new TICA Skill Card.
No, the party is not virtual, but the invitations are!
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.
People attending site to perform a non-construction related occupation should not be expected to carry a CSCS card.
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.
We are pleased to announce that SSPC Trainthepainter have become a partner card scheme.
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 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.
The Joint Industry Board for Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services in England and Wales (JIB-PMES) are pleased to announce the introduction of smart technology.
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.
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 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 (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.
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.
Build UK and CECA are holding a SmartCard audit across all their members’ sites on 8th February
CSCS has published the Annual Review for 2016
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is reminding the industry to get ready for the withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card.
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).
CSCS is advising NVQ Assessors and Verifiers that they do not require CSCS cards
Processing times for Employer Application times has temporarily increased
From the 1st September 2016 all NDTG completed training courses will result in one of the new style CCDO Smart Cards cards being issued.
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 cards have changed. Find out how this will affect you
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.
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.
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 has closed.
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.
A new requirement is in place for operatives renewing their Lightning Conductor Engineer or Steeplejack CSCS card.
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.
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 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.
CSCS has published its Annual Review for 2015.
New card checking applications saves housebuilder 500 working days per year
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.
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:
CSCS will stop accepting all applications via the Profiled Route from 1st April 2016.
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
CSCS takes the issue of fraudulent activity extremely seriously.
Following the reports on BBC London and Newsnight (Wednesday 21 October) regarding people fraudulently obtaining construction related qualifications, CSCS has made a statement.
CSCS recently presented the two millionth card.
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.
First scheme affiliated to CSCS to switch to chip-enabled smart technology
There are now three free Android apps available to download.
CRO cards are changing from 1st October and will no longer be issued from 31st March 2017.
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.
Find out how easy it is to use CSCS smartcards to cut costs and improve efficiency on construction sites.
In July CSCS stopped issuing green Construction Site Operative (CSO) cards.
Read about how you can book a CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test on this page.
This page contains information about changes to the CRO card.
More and more visitors to the CSCS website are using smartphones and tablets.
McGee is using CSCS smartcards to help to to increase efficiency and improve safety.
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.
Senior managers from CSCS recently presented a webinar that covered all the latest developments to the scheme.
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.
CITB and CSCS have produced a new video that provides advice for individuals applying for or renewing CSCS cards.
In one of his final government appointments David Cameron has kept Nick Boles as construction minister alongside his role as minister for skills.
The CSCS Board has decided to defer consultation on simpifying the scheme.
CITB and CSCS have produced a short video that describes how to apply for a Labourer card in three easy steps.
The type of CSCS card you should apply depends on what your job is and what qualifications you have.
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.
CITB, in partnership with CSCS, is conducting the first industry-wide survey to assess card checking procedures
From 1st May 2015 the following rules will apply for all profiled route applications submitted to CSCS
Have you used the CSCS cardfinder?
Over the past 12 months the service levels provided by the CSCS Contact Centre have improved dramatically.
It is with regret that we announce that former CSCS Chairman Trevor Walker has died after a long battle with illness.
Using CSCS smartcards can help improve efficiency and cut costs.
Our enewsletter will keep you informed about the latest CSCS news.
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.
Following 2 successful years as CSCS Office Manager, we are pleased to announce Angeleen Hill has been promoted to Scheme Manager.
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:
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.
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.
You are probably aware that in July CSCS stopped issuing green Construction Site Operative (CSO) cards.
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.
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.
New qualification for Labourers – Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment
New CSCS video about SmartCards
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.
BAM Nuttall implements CSCS-based worker verification system at Europe's largest construction site.
CSCS is withdrawing its Certificates of Commitment with immediate effect.
From 1st July 2014 the green CSCS Construction Site Operative (CSO) card is no longer being issued.
Human Recognition Systems (HRS), a leader in total biometric solutions, has announced the integration of its advanced access control solution, MSite, with CSCS.
CSCS has issued its millionth Smartcard.
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.
CSCS now has three free apps available for download from Google Play.
Recently CSCS has sponsored several industry events including two CIOB Committed to Construction awards as well as CECA, NFB and SBF events.
A recent CSCS survey identified that most major construction sites require site workers to hold CSCS cards.
CSCS is in talks to negotiate a new agreement with CITB who administer the scheme under contract.
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 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.
Check CSCS cards simply by placing them on your Android smartphone or tablet.
The Scottish Government has introduced a new policy for the assessment of skills, competence and safety standards on construction sites.