CSCS cards revoked

Following the revelation last year that fraudsters were giving Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) applicants the answers to the questions and thus issuing false certificates, the CSCS and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have revoked 4, 615 cards.

While this number is only a fraction of the 400,000 cards issued each year, the industry has moved quickly to shore-up the trusted industry standard of the CSCS card.

6,000 candidates were asked to retake the Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) test and 2,000 people were asked to resit the Site Safety Plus certificate. Vouchers were provided for retesting. 5,480 applicants did not register to retake their tests and a further 553 have till Feb 14 to do so.

The 4,615 revoked cards belonged to workers who had already procured work with their fake cards. UCATT Acting General Secretary, Brian Rye, said: “This is good, decisive action. The CSCS card represents an industry standard and consequently must be protected. UCATT supports the action of the CSCS and the CITB in acting quickly to restore the image of the CSCS card.”

Graham Wren, chief executive of CSCS, said: “We are urging employers to check the validity of all cards by either electronically reading the CSCS SmartCard or by using “Card Checker” via the CITB website. It is important employers are able to trust the training and qualification providers.”


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