CRO Card Changes
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What is a CSCS card?

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry. Having a CSCS card provides proof to employers that you have gained the required qualification for the type of work you carry out onsite.

Why has the card changed?

In 2017, there were changes in regulations which led to the Construction Related Occupations (CRO) card being withdrawn from new applicants. The CRO card did not require an associated NVQ.

In order to gain a valid CSCS card, you must complete an NVQ in your occupational area. Large contractors and major projects might require you to hold a valid CSCS card before being hired.

There are a range of different CSCS cards based on the level of NVQ that you have achieved and your occupational area. You can view the full list of CSCS cards
available at:

What does it mean for you?

The removal of the CRO card affects over 230,000 construction workers, meaning: Current CRO card holders that are yet to expire will be required to register for an NVQ qualification in order to get a valid CSCS card.

What do you have to do?

CSCS stopped issuing CRO cards on 31 March 2017, and CRO cards issued since 1 October 2015 will have expired on 30 September 2017. If you fall into either of these categories - or if you're new to the construction industry - you'll need to:

  • Input your occupation into the card finder on the CSCS website and follow the steps on screen.
  • Call us so we can help you to identify the relevant NVQ you need in
    order to become eligible for a CSCS card.
  • Complete the relevant NVQ qualification for your occupation before
    applying for the CSCS card.

Whether you're new to the construction industry, or have been working for some time, you'll need to complete a relevant NVQ to get either a skilled worker/supervisory/ manager CSCS card.

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