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Why are IA cards being withdrawn?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.

CSCS cards awarded under IA do not require the applicant to hold nationally recognised construction-related qualifications. As such, it does not meet the requirements of the CLC and, as a consequence, CSCS will cease renewing cards held under IA at the end of 2024.