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Industry Accreditation Withdrawal

Following the withdrawal of the Construction Site Operative, Construction Related Occupation and Construction Site Visitor cards, the only cards remaining which do not require a qualification are those issued under Industry Accreditation (IA) also known as Grandfather Rights.

The IA route was closed to new applicants in 2010. However, existing card holders who obtained their card prior to 2010 under IA can continue to renew those cards on the same basis.

In order to comply with the requirements of the Construction Leadership Council all cards issued by CSCS must demonstrate the achievement of a nationally recognised construction related qualification.

What does this mean?

  • All IA cards renewed from 1st January 2020 will expire on 31st December 2024 and will not be renewed
  • CSCS will cease renewing IA cards from 30th June 2024

What do I need to do?

What you need to do now depends on your occupation and any construction related qualifications you may already hold. Those without qualifications will be required to register for the appropriate qualification for their occupation before their cards expire in 2024.

Many IA cardholders already hold the construction related qualifications they need to move directly to a new CSCS card, while others are now in non-construction related occupations and will not require a card.

IA card holders who do not take the necessary steps to replace their cards will find they will be unable to obtain another CSCS card.

Use the flowchart here to find out what you need to do. You can also check our FAQs for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: If you obtained your CSCS card using an overseas qualification then check our FAQs at to find out what you need to do to remain part of CSCS.