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Why are CRO cards being withdrawn?

In 2015 the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) announced (via the Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025) that skills certification card schemes carrying the CSCS logo must operate with nationally recognised qualifications (NVQs or approved equivalents) in place for all occupations.

The CRO card was intended for those occupations for which there are no nationally recognised qualifications and as such does not meet the requirements of the CLC. As a consequence, CSCS will cease issuing the CRO card at the end of March 2017.