Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do on site. By ensuring the workforce are appropriately qualified the card plays its part in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites.

Growing importance of the right CSCS card

The Building Safety Bill will put in place new and enhanced regulatory regimes for building safety and construction products.  This will increase the requirement for employers to be able to demonstrate the competency of the labour they use.

In order to demonstrate competency, individuals will need to carry an Experienced Worker Card which relates to the activity they carry out on site.  To be able to gain the correct card installers will require an NVQ2 in their chosen field.

Holding a CSCS card is not a legislative requirement. It is entirely up to the principal contractor or client whether workers are required to hold a card before they are allowed on site. However, most principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid card.

For information visit the CSCS website.

My CSCS and virtual cards

My CSCS is the official app of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.  The app makes it easy to access and use your virtual CSCS card on UK construction sites.  The app is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, giving you instant access to the information you need when you need it.

The my CSCS app allows you to:

  1. Store electronic versions of your CSCS cards
  2. Use your virtual CSCS card to access site
  3. View the status of your card applications
  4. Manage your personal details
  5. Find out which CSCS card you can apply for
  6. Communicate with our customer service team.
  7. The app is available on Apple and Android devices. You can download the app from the Google Play or Apple App stores


Reading CSCS SmartCards

CSCS SmartCards can be read using Android and Windows smartphones and tablet devices that have near field communications (NFC) capability or card readers linked to a computer or laptop.  For more details go to: Reading CSCS SmartCards

Training Offers to Members

Funded NVQ2 training from FIS Approved Training Providers

Training Directory

Find an FIS Approved Training Provider (ATP) to deliver NVQ2


COVID-19 Impact on CSCS applications

COVID-19 Impact on CSCS applications

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CSCS online application service

CSCS online application service

Following the launch of the CSCS’s new online application service on 9 December, the site has experienced some technical issues resulting in increased card processing times for some applicants. Alan O’Neile, Head of Communications at CSCS said: “In most cases...

CSCS Industry Accreditation withdrawal update

CSCS Industry Accreditation withdrawal update

Following consultation with industry, CSCS has agreed a plan that will pave the way for the eventual withdrawal of cards issued under Industry Accreditation. For several years the strategic direction of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has focused...