Why is the CRO card being withdrawn?

CSCS’s primary objective is to provide evidence that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the work they carry out.

CRO cards do not support industry’s desire for a qualified workforce – it tells your employer you do not hold a nationally recognised construction related qualification.

The majority of CRO cards do not require qualifications and applicants only need to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test and obtain a declaration from a third party, usually an employer, that they meet the requirements for the card.

CSCS issues over 12,000 CRO cards per month. This demonstrates CRO cards are being used by site workers as the fastest route of entry to site without the need or commitment to be qualified.

The CRO card is no longer fit for purpose and CSCS has consulted with industry to determine the best way to address this issue. From 1st October 2015 new measures will be introduced which will pave the way for the eventual withdrawal of the CRO card.

The introduction of these new measures is a practical approach to industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce whilst simultaneously improving standards and safety on UK construction sites.


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