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The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is urging the contractors to stop turning away non-construction related workers without CSCS cards. CSCS cards are intended for construction related occupations only.
Following discussions with industry experts and professionals, including CITB and employer representatives, it has been agreed that a number of CRO occupations are non-construction related and should be removed from the scheme entirely. Amongst occupations removed from CSCS scheme are for instance: Domestic Roof Ventilation Installer, Hydraulic Pump Installer, Locksmith, Marquee Erector, Security Guard, Timber Frame Designer, Temporary Steel Bridge Installer, Cob Builder. A full list is available at https://www.cscs.uk.com/resource/cro-occupations-removed-from-the-scheme/If non-construction related occupations are no longer issued with CSCS card, some workers will be arriving on site without a card. It is the responsibility of the site managers to induct non-construction related workers and escort them where appropriate in order that they can carry out their work safely on site.
CSCS Head of Communications Alan O’Neile said: “CSCS cards are intended for construction related occupations only. Due to the wide range of skills required on construction projects, there are times when a worker arrives on site to perform a non-construction related activity, for example catering staff, delivering materials or cleaners. These individuals do not require a CSCS card and CSCS has stopped issuing cards for these and many other non-construction related occupations.”
• CSCS stopped issuing CRO cards from 31st March 2017
• CRO cards issued since 1st October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017*
• CRO cardholders must take further steps to replace their CRO cards before they expire.
*For the avoidance of doubt, CRO cards issued before October 2015 will remain valid until their expiry date. All related occupation cards issued by the following Partner Card Schemes, SKILLcard (Construction Related Occupation), ECS (Related Disciplines), JIB-UK PHMES (Plumbing Related Occupation), will also remain valid until their expiry date.
A full list of the Partner Card Schemes is available at www.cscs.uk.com/about/partnercard-schemes.
Over 230,000 CRO card holders will be affected and in many cases they will be required to register for existing or newly developed qualifications or to move to one of CSCS’s Partner Card Schemes that are more appropriate for their occupation. Some if their occupation is not construction related or no suitable qualifications exist, will not be required to register. The decision not to issue CSCS cards for non-construction related occupations is a practical step towards achieving the Construction Leadership Council’s requirements and ensures we are able to certify applicants to the scheme hold a construction related, nationally recognised qualification. This decision is also fully in line with the Build UK Training Standard. If you will be refused entry on site due to lack of a CSCS card, please direct contractor to CSCS website. You can also contact CSCS directly at [email protected] or telephone 0344 994 4777 for further assistance. For more information on the withdrawal of the CRO card visit CSCS webiste.