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SQA News UK 7 February 2023

Construction Skills Certification Scheme industry accreditation withdrawal - Construction Leadership Council statement

On 23 January, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published the statement below in relation to the withdrawal of Industry Accreditation Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards after 31 December 2024. For further information, please contact your SQA Regional Manager.

CLC Statement on Industry Accreditation cards

Building Safety and competence are two of the CLC’s priorities. As an industry, and in accordance with various sets of legislation including the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) and the Building Safety Act, we must demonstrate to the regulator, our clients, building occupiers and the wider public that those designing, building and maintaining the built environment are competent to do so. The CLC recommendation introduced in 2015 and updated in 2017 & 2020 set an expectation of all CSCS cards being achieved via qualification by the end of 2024.

The different ways in which those individuals who hold a blue, gold or black industry accreditation card (issued by CSCS, via industry accreditation) can move to an appropriate card has been set out. This may be by:

Members of the CSCS Alliance will be issuing guidance relevant to their individual card scheme. Whilst all Industry Accreditation cardholders are required to take action to retain their card from January 2025, it should not be overly onerous for those able to demonstrate their competence and there may be grants available for employers.

Further guidance for Industry Accreditation card holders is available at