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Changes to Profiled Route

Published: December 4, 2015

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

Profiled Route was introduced in 2011 and was intended for construction site managers or supervisors who have on site experience but do not hold a nationally recognised qualification in construction.

Since 2011 over 2,000 CSCS cards have been issued via the Profiled Route with applicants only required to submit evidence of their experience for independent review to qualify for a card.

On this basis Profiled Route does not support industry’s desire to qualify the workforce, therefore CSCS will stop accepting new Profiled Route applications from 1st April 2016.

Our aim is to support industry by encouraging further development of a qualified workforce and is the result of extensive and continued consultation with all of our many stakeholders.

Further measures, in support of a qualified workforce, were announced in October 2015, confirming the eventual withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card. This follows the introduction of the qualification based Labourer card in 2014

What happens next?

From 1st April 2016 the following changes will be introduced to Profiled Route.

  • CSCS will stop accepting all applications via the Profiled Route from the above date.

NB This includes re-submissions.

  • Managers wishing to apply for CSCS cards should check the information here.
  • Supervisors wishing to apply for CSCS cards should check the information here.
  • On submission of the necessary evidence applicants who have the required qualifications for their occupation will be issued with the appropriate skilled card

NOTE: existing cards issued under Profiled Route will remain valid and can be renewed as normal provided applicants renew their cards in line with CSCS scheme requirements.

The introduction of these new measures is a practical approach towards industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce.

By certifying construction workers have the correct training and qualifications CSCS can play its part in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites.

For more information visit the Profiled Route changes FAQs