Minimising fraud

Fraudulent cards

Card fraud is a serious issue for the construction industry. Our policy is to prosecute fraudulent behaviour and we work closely with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to gather evidence and bring criminals to account.

We are also committed to preventing fraud.

What to do if you suspect someone is using a fraudulent card

  • Retain the card if possible
  • Make photocopies of front and back
  • Record cardholder’s name and address
  • Ask the cardholder where the card was obtained from
  • Call the local police and report the matter
  • Refuse access to site (subject to company rules)
  • For CSCS: Forward copies of all evidence to:
Operations Team at CSCS Ltd
The Building Centre
26 Store Street

marked  “SUSPECTED FRAUDULENT CARD” with details of the crime     number given by local police. 

  • Inform CPCS including all evidence and the crime number given by the local police. This should be sent to the office either by post FAO Fraud Investigator or by email to
  • You can also email .  

CPCS and CSCS will fully support any prosecution with technical and factual evidence.

What to look for on a CSCS card

There are a number of security features built into CSCS cards.  The main things to look for are:-

  • The card should have a CSCS hologram in the top left-hand corner.  If you move the card slightly you will see the words ‘construction skill certification scheme’ in the reflective part.
  • There should be an ID photo on the right hand side of the card.  Is this a good likeness of the person before you?
  • The card holders name should be printed below the CSCS hologram.
  • The card holder registration number should be printed below their name along with the card’s expiry date.  The registration number is repeated on the rear of the card.
  • The card should have either a small silver ‘HS&E Tested’ logo in a silver coloured box next to the ID photo or a gold coloured ‘HS&E Tested’ logo in a gold coloured box next to the ID photo.
  • The card colour should go right to the edge of the card.  Some forgeries have what appears to be a white edge to the front of the card.
  • The printing and colours should be sharp and clear.  Many forgeries have spelling mistakes or blurred or dull printing.

Please use the following links to identify if cards are fraudulent:-

CITB Online Card Checker:-

Reading CSCS Smartcards:-

Other fraudulent activity

We are also committed to minimising fraudulent activity in the delivery of the CPCS scheme.  This includes the unauthorised publication of CPCS theory test questions and answers for the use in the technical tests. 

Where we find published papers on the internet we will seek to remove them and take legal action against the publishers. 

The purchase and use of these papers as a training/revision aid is not supported by the CPCS scheme. Using them could result in revising the wrong information and failing the theory test.  

The use of this material may be viewed as cheating and any card being issued as a result being revoked. 

Should you be approached or made aware of webpages offering this service, please email full details to where we shall investigate further.

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