From 1st January 2020, if you do not hold an NVQ you will not be able to renew your CSCS card. As a result of the move, all CSCS cards renewed under Industry Accreditation will expire on 31st December 2024 and CSCS will stop issuing the card from 30th June 2024.
Industry Accreditation, also known as Grandfather Rights, allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards on the strength of an employer’s recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification. CSCS closed Industry Accreditation to new applicants in 2010 but those already holding a card are currently able to renew on the same basis.
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.
Increasingly, the construction sector has focused on ensuring that anyone working onsite can demonstrate that they have achieved a nationally recognised construction- related qualification.
With the introduction of the Labourer card, the withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation card and the planned removal of the Site Visitor card, the next step is the withdrawal of cards issued under Industry Accreditation.
Robert Candy, chief executive of the Scaffolding Association, said: “Workers wanting to stay in the access and scaffolding sector will need to hold an NVQ and those without qualifications will be required to register for the appropriate qualification for their occupation before their cards expire in 2024.”
Graham Wren, chief executive at CSCS, said: “Following the closure of the Construction Related Occupation card and the Construction Site Visitor card, cards gained by Industry Accreditation are the only cards in the CSCS scheme which do not require the cardholder to achieve a recognised qualification.
“Industry Accreditation does not support industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce and as such it will be withdrawn.”
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