Card checking platform Go Smart to be withdrawn

Card checking platform Go Smart to be withdrawn

Following the successful rollout of CSCS Smart Check, which enables cards across all 38 card schemes carrying the CSCS logo to be verified using the same platform, CSCS has announced that its previous app ‐ ‘Go Smart’ ‐ will be turned off on 31 March 2024. CSCS Smart Check incorporates API technology allowing it to be installed directly into site access systems, which can help to improve site safety and tackle card fraud. Any members still using Go Smart should put in place plans now to move across to CSCS Smart Check as soon as possible, as cards will not be able to be checked using Go Smart after 31 March.

Build UK’s How to be a Smart Site guide explains how to check cards using CSCS Smart Check and make sure everyone has the right card for the job they are doing on site. Members are reminded that CSCS does not issue cards for non‐construction related occupations, and it is the responsibility of the site manager to induct and escort non‐construction workers arriving on site without a card so that they can carry out their work safely.

How to submit an employer application for a CSCS Card

How to submit an employer application for a CSCS Card

CSCS has updated its user guide for employers making applications on behalf of their workforce.  Designed to make applications quicker and easier, the new guidance is available to download for free and includes information on registering applicants, uploading employee qualifications and adding CITB Health, safety and environment test details.

The guidance also includes the following:

  • Lost and replacement cards
  • Signing into your account
  • Types of application
  • Card dispatch addresses
  • Useful hints and tips to save you time and effort

Download the new updated guidance free via the CSCS website.

CSCS Industry Accreditation: common queries answered

CSCS Industry Accreditation: common queries answered

CSCS is aware of concerns raised by many within the construction industry regarding the decision to withdraw cards issued under Industry Accreditation (IA).  They have published an article setting out some of the common areas of concern and information on how they can be resolved: Construction Skills Certification Scheme | Official CSCS Website – Industry Accreditation: Common queries answered

Here are some extracts that should be useful to FIS members:

What is Industry Accreditation?
Industry Accreditation (IA) was a mechanism by which workers could obtain CSCS cards on the strength of an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification.  CSCS stopped issuing new cards under IA back in 2010, but if you previously held a card under IA the scheme rules allowed you to continue to renew.

Why is Industry Accreditation being withdrawn?
CSCS, together with their 37 partner card schemes, are bound by the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) requirement that all construction industry card schemes must operate with nationally recognised qualifications in place for all occupations.  This requirement is particularly important when addressing the IA issue.  To satisfy the Construction Leadership Council’s requirements CSCS announced plans to withdraw cards issued under IA, which include:

  • IA cards issued from 1 Jan 2020 will expire on 31 Dec 2024 and will not be renewed
  • CSCS will cease renewing IA cards from 30 June 2024.

What options are there to move off Industry Accreditation?

  1. Vocational qualifications already achieved: cardholders who have achieved the qualifications for their occupation can renew their card for the full five-year term as normal.
  2. Academically Qualified person card: This card is available to people who have completed certain construction related degrees, HNDs, HNCs, CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH diplomas. Further details can be viewed here.
  3. Professionally Qualified person: This card is available to competence assessed members of CSCS approved Professional Bodies of which CIOB is one. Further details can be viewed here.
  4. Not everyone needs a card: There will be IA card holders who no longer require their CSCS cards. For example, you may have moved into a management role, become a director, or rarely visit site.  In these scenarios, you do not require a CSCS card.

Those unable to fit into these four scenarios will be required to register for the appropriate qualification for their occupation before their cards expire in 2024.

If you or your workforce need a qualification to show proof of competence contact FIS, we have negotiated offers and discounts in training and qualifications specifically for members.  Call 0121 707 0077 or email info@thefis.org or take a look at the FIS website: Member Benefits Training and Qualifications

Supporting apprentices with free CSCS cards

Supporting apprentices with free CSCS cards

Employers and the wider industry are being reminded of the importance of ensuring those on, or about to enter, apprenticeships are using the appropriate Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card – specifically the Apprentice card.

Feedback from the industry confirms many employers are either not aware of the Apprentice card or are put off applying for it by lengthy apprenticeship registration processes. This leads to many opting for the Labourer card instead.

In recognition of this issue, in advance of the new academic year, CSCS is simplifying the application process and removing the cost of Apprentice cards. From today, all Apprentice cards will be issued free of charge.

At the same time CSCS will be introducing a new process for anyone experiencing difficulties with their apprenticeship registration. In this scenario, the new entrant can apply for the Provisional Card (at £36), before moving onto the Apprentice card, free of charge.

This means employers and apprentices will apply for a Provisional card prior to completing the apprenticeship enrolment process.

George Swann Skills and Training Lead says

This is great news. Our own FIS BuildBack programme provides individuals who successfully complete the assessment day and two week introductory training with a CSCS provisional card free of charge to the supporting employer.  This allows the employer six months to decide if the individual is capable of completing an apprenticeship.  For details of the apprenticeships available to the sector please see:

If you would like to find out more please contact FIS on 0121 707 0077 or email info@thefis.org.

How to submit an employer application for a CSCS Card

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Reminder on accepting digital SICCS cards
CSCS is reminding industry of the need to be prepared for digital cards at site gates, which should always be accepted so long as they bear the CSCS logo. This follows reports that holders of SICCS cards have been turned away from site. Read more.

CIC launches new e-learning Health & Safety course
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Closure of Personal Fall Protection Installer Permanent Solutions courses
CSCS is to withdraw recognition of the Kee Safety and HCL Personal Fall Protection Installer Permanent Solution courses from Friday 30th June 2022. Read more.

CSCS Smart Check app is already improving site safety

CSCS Smart Check app is already improving site safety

Launched in April, the CSCS Smart Check app is already improving site safety and card checking procedures on UK construction sites.  Developed by the 38 schemes displaying the CSCS logo, CSCS Smart Check allows those responsible for checking cards to verify all 2.1 million cards using one app on their smartphone or tablet.  You can watch a short video here.

 Having already improved card checking procedures at site gates, CSCS Smart Check now includes a number of additional card schemes that display the CSCS logo and an improved process for reporting cards that may have been obtained fraudulently.

Since its launch, CSCS Smart Check has been downloaded over 15,000 times and is primarily used by construction site managers and gatekeepers to ensure people are qualified and have the right training for the role they do on site.  The app was designed and implemented to meet Construction Leadership Council requirements, which demand the development of a solution that uses smart technology to validate all cards displaying the CSCS logo.

 Currently CSCS Smart Check functions as a standalone application, incompatible with existing site entry systems such as turnstiles and desktop card readers.  There is no immediate impact on existing card checking operations and employers can continue to use these systems if required.  Over the coming months, the app’s project team will reach out to employers and stakeholders to begin the process of enabling existing card checking systems to become compatible with CSCS Smart Check.  The app is free and available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For more information visit www.cscs.uk.com/smartcheck.