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Updates from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

CRO deadline fast approaching – (Source: https://www.cscs.uk.com/card-type/construction-site-operative-cso/)

The deadline for CRO card applications is 31st March 2017.

However, all CRO applicants should note that cards issued since October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017. In many cases CRO card holders will be required to register for existing or newly developed qualifications before their CRO cards expire. In others CRO card holders will be transferred to one of CSCS’s Partner Card Schemes that are more appropriate for their occupations. Read more


Construction Site Operative (CSO) green card is no longer available. (Source: https://www.cscs.uk.com/card-type/construction-site-operative-cso/)

All CSO cards will remain valid until their expiry date. Before the card expires, CSO cardholders (or their employers) should:

  • Apply for the Green Labourer card if the cardholder works as a labourer
  • Use the CSCS cardfinder to find out which card they should apply for if the cardholder does not work as a labourer
  • CSO card holders who do not take the necessary steps to replace their card will find they will be unable to obtain another CSCS card, this could prevent you from working as the majority of employers require a valid CSCS card to get on site.

The withdrawal of the CSO marks a major step towards achieving a fully trained and qualified workforce.