- Why is Industry Accreditation being withdrawn?
At the beginning of 2015 the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) announced via the Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025, that industry, including trade associations, contractors, clients and government, should specify and promote card schemes displaying the CSCS logo with no equivalents accepted. This is known as the One Industry Logo action.
Among the requirements set out by the CLC is that all construction industry card schemes must operate with nationally recognised qualifications (usually NVQ/SVQs) in place for all occupations.
Further information on the CLC’s requirements can be found here.
- How do I know if I have an Industry Accreditation card?
If you have an Industry Accreditation card, the rear of your physical CSCS card will state ‘Industry Accreditation’. This will also be stated on your virtual card should you use My CSCS.
Individuals can also use one of the other card checking options listed here.
- Will it be expensive to complete an experienced worker assessment?
The cost is set by individual providers, but as experienced workers are unlikely to need any upskilling or training, the assessment-only route provides a quicker and simpler way to achievement.
CITB grants are available to support CITB registered employers achieve recognised qualifications.
To further support CITB registered employers during the Industry Accreditation card transition period, a number of CITB grants will receive enhanced funding.
To find out about the CITB grants available and enhanced funding please visit the CITB website.
- What if I got my IA card via the Profiled Route or ECCTIS?
If you gained your IA card via the Profiled Route or ECCTIS (previously known as UK Naric) please contact CSCS
- Will I have to do the N/SVQ again to renew my CSCS cards in 5 years?
No, S/NVQs generally are lifelong qualifications so once they are completed, they do not need to be completed again.
- How is the S/NVQ assessed?
The assessment is completed in the workplace and in many cases remotely. As you are likely to be a highly experienced worker, the process should be relatively simple and there are many ways to show evidence of your competence, including:
A Professional Discussion
Knowledge Evidence Questions.
Witness Testimonies (confirming previous workplace activities undertaken),
Product Evidence, e.g. minutes of meetings, RAMS, products of work
- Are City and Guilds Craft and Advanced Craft Certificates acceptable for a CSCS card?
Yes, these are acceptable to apply for a CSCS card.
- Individuals without qualifications are just applying for a Labourer card rather than gaining a qualification
CSCS is aware of this problem and would urge all employers to ensure that thorough card checks are carried out at site gates to ensure individuals hold the correct card for the role they carry out on site.
Those impacted by IA who require a qualification to renew their card are advised that they will not be required to attend college as flexible assessment routes are available, while CITB grants are also available to employers.
- What about recognition of prior learning (RPL) achieved on previous NVQs?
Your assessor will be able to review any previously achieved qualifications and advise whether this can be carried across to the new qualification.
- Why are HNCs, HNDs and Degrees not acceptable for a Manager card?
HNCs, HNDs and Degrees are Academic qualifications and not competence assessed within the workplace. With these qualifications, applicants can apply for the Academically Qualified Persons card.