CSCS announces plans to stop issuing Site Visitor Cards and withdraw Industry Accreditation

CSCS cards provide proof that people working on construction sites hold the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do on site. For several years now the strategic direction of the scheme has focused on ensuring that all applicants achieve a nationally recognised construction related qualification.

It was for this reason that CSCS stopped issuing the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card in 2017. A card that did not require the applicant to achieve a qualification and was therefore withdrawn from the industry.

The next step towards ensuring that all cardholders achieve a qualification is the withdrawal of the Site Visitor card. The Site Visitor card was originally introduced for workers who often did not perform a construction related role but visited site on a regular basis.

All Site Visitor cards issued since 3rd April 2018 will expire on 31st August 2020 and CSCS will stop issuing Site Visitor cards from 28th February 2020.

To find out more about the withdrawal of the Site Visitor card visit

Plans to withdraw Industry Accreditation

A further step in achieving a fully-qualified workforce will be the withdrawal of cards issued under Industry Accreditation.

Industry Accreditation, also known as Grandfather Rights, allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards on the strength of an employers’ 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.

CSCS has consulted with the industry and agreed a plan that will pave the way for the eventual withdrawal of cards issued under Industry Accreditation.

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.

What each of the 60,000 Industry Accreditation card holders need to do next depends on their occupation and any qualifications they may already hold. Those without qualifications will be required to register for the appropriate qualification for their occupation before their cards expire in 2024.

Visit to find out what steps you need to take to replace a card issued under Industry Accreditation.

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