Professional Body status for the Institute of Carpenters

CSCS are pleased to confirm that Fellow and Member grades at the Institute of Carpenters (IoC) are now eligible for the CSCS Professionally Qualified Person (PQP) card.

Although it is not a legislative requirement, most contractors and major home builders require site workers to hold a valid CSCS card. The scheme keeps a record of those working in the construction sector who have achieved or are committed to completing a recognised construction-related qualification. Site managers check the information on the card using a smartphone, tablet, or PC, giving them reassurance that the cardholder is qualified for the job they do on site.

CSCS worked closely with the IoC to carry out a detailed mapping exercise of their membership criteria and the Professionally Qualified Person card can now be offered to Fellow and Members of the institute.

Institute of Carpenters President Geoff Rhodes said: “I am really delighted to see this CSCS PQP card project completed and now in place and available to our members. I would like to thank all those involved in bringing this particular piece of work to a positive conclusion. This is very positive news and IOC is pleased to be working with the CSCS and other organisations  to develop and recognise a fully trained and qualified UK workforce.”

CSCS Director of Operations Gordon Jenkins said: “This is fantastic news and CSCS is pleased to be working with the IoC, this is another example of the industry working together to achieve a fully trained and qualified workforce. The IoC have been maintaining standards in carpentry for over 100 years and it is their commitment to continual professional development that really ties in with the objectives of the PQP card.”

The PQP card is valid for five years and all applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test.

When applying for this card applicants will need to provide a copy of their current IoC membership certificate (or card) or supply a letter/email from the IoC confirming that they are a current, competence assessed member.

You can apply for this card over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777.

You will need to email evidence of your IoC professional membership to cscs@citb.co.uk prior to calling.