See below for answers to some of your Frequently Asked Questions about the upcoming CRO card changes
1. What happens if my application for a CRO card arrives with CSCS before 1 October 2015?
If your application is received on or before 30 September 2015 the current scheme rules will apply and the card will remain valid for five years.
However the card will not be renewable and you will be expected to register for a recognised construction related qualification before the card expires. All applications received from 1 October are subject to the new rules.
2. What evidence do I need to confirm I am qualified?
It depends on which qualifications you have and which card you are applying for. Check the requirements using the CSCS Card Finder.
3. If I haven't registered for my qualification by September 2017, can I apply for a Visitor or Provisional card?
You will not be able to apply for/renew your CSCS card and this includes Provisional and Visitor cards.
4. What happens if I have registered for, but not completed my qualification by Septmeber 2017?
You will be able to apply for the Experienced Worker card. This card is valid for one year and is not renewable.
You will be expected to complete your qualification by the time your Experienced Worker card expires so that you can move onto the appropriate skilled card for your occupation. If you do not complete your qualification by the time the Experienced Worker card expires you will be unable to obtain any other CSCS card.
5. What happens after September 2017?
No new CRO cards will be issued. You will be expected to apply for the correct card for your occupation. Check the requirements using the CSCS Card Finder.
CRO cards issued before 1 October 2015 that expire after 30 September 2017 will remain valid until their expiry date.
6. I've had several occupations on my CRO card in the past, why is only one allowed now?
The purpose of CSCS cards is to provide evidence that individuals working on construction sites have the required qualifications for the type of work they carry out so the card should reflect your main occupation.
7. Isn't this just CSCS's way of selling more cards?
CSCS does not envisage issuing more cards as a result of this change. Instead, workers will be qualified and have the correct cards for the work they are carrying out, which has always been the main objective of the scheme.
8. Why stop issuing CRO's in March 2017 when cards are valid until September 2017?
CSCS believes it isn’t appropriate to issue a card which is valid for less than six months as it would add additional and unnecessary renewal costs to the card holder.
A card issued in March 2017 will last for six months and will not be renewable. Before it expires the CRO card holder must achieve or be registered for a recognised construction related qualification and apply for the appropriate CSCS card for their job.
9. I'm qualified and have always held a CRO card, why do I need to change which card I have?
Employers are increasingly using CSCS cards as a means to check that workers on their sites have the correct qualifications for the job they are doing.
Holding a CRO card tells your employer you do not hold a nationally recognised construction related qualification. If you have obtained a nationally recognised qualification you should apply for the appropriate skilled card.
Check which CSCS card is right for you by using the CSCS card finder.