- What can I do if I have lost my qualification?
CSCS has in place an appeals process, which covers those applicants who no longer have documentation to prove their qualifications and allows them to outline their circumstances. The situation will then be assessed by the CSCS Appeals panel.
- Which card should be applied for if an individual has an NVQ, professional qualification and an approved membership?
In this situation, the card they should apply for will depend on the role they do on site and which qualification best reflects this role.
- Are AQP/PQP card holders able to supervise sites?
Construction site supervisors are advised to complete the NVQ Diploma Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision in order to retain their Gold Supervisory card. The AQP and PQP routes available to those on IA would be more applicable to technical occupations within the Supervisor card such as Surveying, Buying, Site Technical Assistant, etc.
- Can I renew my Industry Accreditation CSCS card if it expires between now and 31st December 2024?
Industry Accreditation cards can still be renewed, if their expiry date is prior 30th June 2024. However, the renewed card will expire on 31st December 2024. Any Industry Accreditation CSCS card with an expiry date of 1st July 2024 onwards cannot be renewed.
- I have an IA card issued by one of the CSCS Alliance Partner Schemes – do I still need to replace my card?
Yes – the CLC Statement requires all cards that bear the CSCS Logo to phase out IA by 31 December 2024. These guidance pages relate to the main CSCS Scheme, although the processes will be very similar for the CSCS Alliance Partner Schemes. Individuals with IA cards issued by a partner scheme should contact them directly for specific guidance on how to renew their cards.
- Can I get CITB grants for an S/NVQ if I am self-employed?
CITB grants can only be paid to employers that are registered and in scope of CITB. If you are self-employed and working on a contractor’s site which is registered with CITB, you should speak to the contractor about enrolling you on an S/NVQ and they can claim the funding upon your achievement of the qualification. Contractors should check funding eligibility with CITB before enrolment.
- If my IA card was issued before January 2020, do I have to get a new card?
If your IA card is due for renewal now, you can renew it via the IA route until 30th June 2024, but regardless of its issue date, it will expire on 31st December 2024. Before this deadline you will need to transition to a card via one of the pathways outlined in this guidance. As an assessment can take on average between 6-12 months, you should put a plan in place now to ensure you can smoothly transition from your IA card to one linked to a qualification.
- How do I find a training provider?
To find a training provider and register for your qualification, please use CITB’s Construction Training Directory.
The Construction Training Directory is where you will be able to find the training you need that is delivered by CITB Approved Training Organisations (ATOs).
- What does Industry Accreditation withdrawal mean for me?
There are approximately 70,000 IA card holders – many have between 20 to 30 years’ experience and the majority are in supervisory and site management roles.
You need to put a plan in place to move off Industry Accreditation before your card expires at the end of 2024.
What that plan looks like depends on your occupation and what qualifications you may already hold.
- When is Industry Accreditation withdrawal happening?
All Industry Accreditation (IA) cards issued from 1st Jan 2020 will expire on 31st Dec 2024