- Do I have to go back to college to complete my assessment?
No, this 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.
- Reflective accounts
- Witness Testimonies (confirming previous workplace activities undertaken),
- Product Evidence, e.g. minutes of meetings, RAMS, products of work
- Why are the SSSTS and SMSTS qualifications not accepted for a CSCS card?
These courses are three and five-day CITB courses that are predominantly focused on health and safety and are not occupational or competence based. As a result, they are not accepted as part of CSCS card applications.
- Why is Industry Accreditation being withdrawn?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.
- 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.
- 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.