What are the types of CSCS card checker?

Posted by Janet Gee on September 20th, 2022

How to access the CSCS card checker

            Having a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card helps you prove to employers that you have the appropriate training and skills to be on site. Although it is not a legal requirement to have one, most employers require all employees to have a CSCS card before confirmation of employment. Ownership of a CSCS card acts as quality assurance for potential employers. It ensures them that you are skilled in your trade and will work towards high quality standards. Therefore, upon employment, most firms will use a CSCS card checker to check your eligibility.

Who uses a CSCS card checker? 

            As discussed above, a CSCS card checker is primarily used by employers. This software allows them to check your certification level and history quickly and easily. Furthermore, by use of the card checker, it can act as further reference to your skills and training listed on your CV. However, employers are not the only people who can access this software. You are also able to check your own CSCS card details via the CSCS card checker. This means you can see the exact details of your card. This is important regarding card renewal. Through use of the software, you can see your cards expiry date, therefore not missing renewal period and keeping consistent card eligibility.

How to access the CSCS card checker? 

            There are a number of different ways in which the CSCS card checker can be accessed. The aim of each method is to create ease for the user whilst also maintaining accessibility.

CSCS smart check

            Firstly, you are able to use the CSCS smart check app as a CSCS card checker.This can be downloaded via google play store or the apple store. This application allows both physical and virtual cards to be checked using contactless, manual data input or QR code. Successful verification will display the user photo, registration number, card type, expiry date and qualifications.

Go smart app 

            Another application available for use is the Go smart app. All distributed cards are “smart” cards. This enables you to check a card using a phone, tablet or a PC. The Go smart app allows you to check an identity, qualifications and training. Additionally, you can use this app to check that the card is valid as well as identifying fake and expired cards.

CSCS online account

            Arguably, one of the most convenient ways to check a cards validity is via the use of the cardholders CSCS account. There are several checker sites available for use that upon entry of information display all necessary information. The online checkers are a quick option and are also free of charge to use. This is one of the most popular CSCS card checker options. 

Call the CSCS contact centre

            Finally, if you do not have access to the web, you are able to call the CSCS contact centre. The team are available from 8am to 6pm on a Monday to Friday and can check the card for you over the phone. Due to call volumes this is not the fastest way, so an app or online use is preferred.

 Where can I learn more about CSCS cards and the CSCS card checker? 

            In total there is 12 types of cards you can apply for as well as the “trainee” card. Each card has its own requirements and necessary training requirements. For anyone who is new to the construction industry, this can be a lot of information to take in. This article has discussed the CSCS card checker but has not given much detail about the cards themselves. For more information on the cards there are a lot of sites available to help. One that I found particularly informative is a blog written by the College of Contract Management.

            The blog clearly lists all types of cards and their uses. Furthermore, it covers the why you should get a card and how you can apply. It’s a detailed piece that covers all necessary information on CSCS cards. Not only that but it also offers courses through their website to help you get cards. For anyone looking to apply for a CSCS card it is well worth a read before you apply.

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