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Go Smart turned off to make way for card checking replacement CSCS Smart Check

Published: April 1, 2024

Card checking platform Go Smart has been officially turned off by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), paving the way for industry to continue its transition to the CSCS Smart Check platform.

Go Smart was the predominant platform for checking cards prior to CSCS Smart Check’s launch in 2022 and was switched off on March 31st 2024. Its replacement is the only platform to read all 2.1 million cards from across the 38 CSCS Alliance schemes and is available via an API for existing systems, a mobile app and the website.

CSCS Smart Check was initially launched as a mobile app in April 2022 but its API technology can now be built into existing site access and card checking systems, while its desktop version was launched last week.

Card reads attempted via Go Smart, or using systems that rely on Go Smart, will now no longer work and individuals or organisations wishing to access the API should contact CSCS, or their existing technology partner, to find out more.

A full list of organisations with access to the CSCS Smart Check API is available via

Garry Mortimer, CSCS Head of Operations, said: “With Go Smart now switched off, employers and other organisations across the industry should now look to adopt CSCS Smart Check as their primary way of verifying CSCS-logoed cards as soon as possible.

“Whether it’s via an API built into existing site systems, the free mobile app or using on a PC or laptop, construction has a variety of ways to quickly and easily ensure that everyone entering site is carrying a valid, genuine card and that the individual has the right training and qualifications for the job they do.”

CSCS Smart Check provides employers with a quick, easy and secure way of ensuring everyone has the right card for their role on site. The platform is also designed to improve the construction industry’s card checking procedures and site safety, while helping tackle card fraud.

The platform was also referenced in the Construction Leadership Council’s recently updated recommendations, with all CSCS-logoed cards required to be compatible with CSCS Smart Check without the need to manually enter data by 31 March 2025.

For further details or queries around CSCS Smart Check, individuals and employers should contact [email protected].