CSCS Cards Are Changing – Are You Ready?

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is changing, with the removal of ‘Grandfather Rights’ that allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards on the strength of an employers’ recommendation.

What is a CSCS card?

The CSCS card provides proof that individuals working on UK construction projects have appropriate training and qualifications for the jobs they do on site. The card ensures industry standards and safety is upheld on site by ensuring the workforce is adequately qualified.

Are CSCS cards changing?

Yes, in response to the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) strategy document, Construction 2025, CSCS has been undergoing significant changes, with some cards being withdrawn from circulation. This is part of the government’s ambition that the construction industry should move towards a fully qualified workforce.

Why are CSCS cards changing?

When CSCS was launched in 1995, people without qualifications who had been working in the industry for a prolonged period were able to receive cards based on an employer endorsement. This was known as Industry Accreditation, or Grandfather Rights. This route was shut down in 2010, but the scheme still allows holders of these cards to renew them every five years.

Have CSCS cards lost Grandfather Rights now?

The Grandfather Rights allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards on the strength of an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification. This was closed to new applicants in 2010 but those already holding a card are currently able to renew on the same basis, until now.

CSCS agreed a plan to gradually withdraw the cards issued under Industry Accreditation, from 1st January 2020, all cards renewed under Industry Accreditation will expire on 31st December 2024 and CSCS will stop issuing the card from 30th June 2024.

How do I update my CSCS card?

If you obtained your CSCS card using Grandfather Rights you will need to enrol on the relevant NVQ in relation to your skillset. Call our MCG Construction team for more guidance 0330 024 1342 or head over to the CSCS website to apply.

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