Site Visitors – New Rules on CSCS Cards

Site Visitors – New Rules on CSCS Cards

23rd August 2018

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is the UK construction industry’s leading skills certification scheme and is responsible for issuing cards that provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the necessary qualifications and training for the type of work they undertake.  The scheme holds a database of people working in construction who have achieved (or are committed to achieving) a recognised construction related qualification. 

Although holding a CSCS card is not a legal requirement, most principal contractors and major house building companies require construction workers to hold a valid CSCS card before being allowed on site.  For several years, the strategic aim of the scheme has focused on ensuring that all applicants achieve a nationally recognised construction related qualification and the next step on the road to ensuring this is the withdrawal of the Construction Site Visitor (CSV) card. 

The CSV card was originally intended to be used by workers who visited sites on a regular basis but did not perform a construction related role.   Since the withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation Card in 2017, the CSV card is currently the only card issued without any need to the applicant to achieve a recognised qualification and does not gel with the industry’s target of a fully qualified workforce. 

CSCS has consulted with the industry and agreed upon a plan that will result in the eventual withdrawal of the CSV card.  All CSV cards issued from 3rd September, 2018 will expire on 31st August, 2020 and the CSCS will stop issuing CSV cards from 28h February, 2020.  In order to avoid confusion and complications, all CSV cards issued before 3rd September, 2018 will remain valid until their expiry date. 

Most CSV card holders will not need to obtain another Casks card as these are only intended for those who work in construction related occupations.  Many CSV card holders work in non-construction related roles such as site cleaning and catering staff who have been required, in the past, to apply for a CSV card by their employers as a result of policies that require sites to be 100% carded, as opposed to requiring that all construction workers are 100% qualified.

Those who currently hold CSV cards and work in construction related occupations should now plan on moving to the appropriate skilled card instead.  This can be a straightforward process for those who already hold the appropriate qualification or membership of a recognised professional body.  Those who currently work in construction related occupations without qualifications will be expected to register onto the appropriate qualification before their CSV card expires. 

The decision to withdraw the CSV card is likely to result in an Increase in people turning up on site without a card and it’s recommended that site managers and supervisors don’t turn away non card holders.  If a worker has arrived to carry out construction related activity, then a card is required as proof of their qualifications and training.  If a worker arrives to carry out non-construction related work, it is the responsibility of the site supervisor or site manager to induce and supervise the person to ensure that they remain safe on site at all times.