CSCS cards cost to rise 20%

12 July 2018 | By Neil Gerrard

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) will be increasing the cost of a card to £36 (including VAT) - an increase of 20%.

The change, which will come into effect from 1 September 2018, will apply to all cards administered by CSCS.

CSCS said that the last increase in price of the cards, which provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out, occurred in 2010 but that since then costs associated with running the scheme have increased significantly.

Graham Wren, CSCS chief executive said: "We have managed to maintain the current card price for the last eight years however inflationary pressure, together with increased costs associated with combatting fraudulent activity, have pushed our costs up to the point where the current price is not sustainable. In addition, with our current contact centre provider CITB having served notice to exit the service contract the CSCS Board have agreed to invest in new technology and systems to ensure the application process is modernised."

He added: "Modernising the application process is a key priority for the CSCS Board and the additional investment will ensure the card continues to add value and play its part in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites."

Last month, CSCS, which is run as a not-for-profit organisation, announced that it would withdraw 100,000 Construction Site Visitor Cards and stop issuing new ones from 2020.

The card was originally intended for workers who did not perform a construction-related role but visited a site on a regular basis.

However, CSCS has determined that the card no longer fits with its desire for a fully qualified workforce.

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