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Changes for Industry Accreditation CSCS Cards

What You Need to Know about the Changes to Industry Accreditation CSCS Cards

Industry Accreditation (IA), also known as Grandfather Rights, was in place to allow workers to obtain a CSCS card on the recommendation of an employer instead of recognised qualifications.  In 2010 this route was closed to new applicants but remained in place for those already holding a card enabling them to continue renewing their CSCS card on the same basis.

All IA cards issued from 1st January 2020 will expire on 31st December 2024 and cannot be replaced using the previous method.

What does this mean for current IA card holders?

Current IA card holders will need to obtain a recognised qualification to continue renewing their CSCS card after 2024. This can be achieved through on-the-job training, work experience or completing an NVQ. They will also need to register for the relevant CSCS test for their occupation and pass it before they can renew their card.

What about new applicants?

From 1st January 2020, new applicants will no longer be able to obtain a CSCS card through IA. They will need to obtain a recognised qualification and pass the relevant CSCS test for their occupation before they can apply for a card.

What are the benefits of this change?

This change will ensure that all workers in the construction industry have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their job safely and effectively. It will also improve the credibility and reputation of the construction industry by ensuring that all workers are qualified and competent. This will ultimately lead to a safer and more efficient working environment for everyone involved.

What do you need to do?

If you are a current IA card holder, you will need to start working towards obtaining a recognised qualification in your occupation. This can be done through on-the-job training, work experience or completing an NVQ. You will also need to register for the relevant CSCS test and pass it before 31st December 2024 to continue renewing your card.

If you are a new applicant, you will need to obtain a recognised qualification and pass the relevant CSCS test for your occupation before you can apply for a card. This will ensure that you are qualified and competent to work in the construction industry.

What are the card categories affected by the change?

For information on the next steps, please see the CSCS website – https://www.cscs.uk.com/about/industry-accreditation/

 Check out their FAQs – https://www.cscs.uk.com/faqs/?faq_category=979

Applying – For information on how to apply, please see these easy-to-follow flowcharts below.

These will highlight which qualifications are suitable for your current level and how to apply.

Blue Skilled Worker card

Gold Supervisor card

Gold Skilled card

Black Managers card

In summary, the changes for industry accreditation CSCS cards aim to improve the overall standards and qualifications of workers in the construction industry. By ensuring that all workers have the necessary skills and knowledge, we can create a safer and more efficient working environment for everyone. It is important to take the necessary steps to obtain a recognised qualification and pass the CSCS test to continue working in the industry and contribute to its growth and success.

April 30, 2024 | Categories: Lighthouse News |
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