It has recently emerged that the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is advising employers and construction workers to be mindful when dealing with third party companies who provide CSCS card application services.
The news comes following feedback from cardholders that highlighted some broad inconsistencies in the prices charged for card application services.
The official price of a CSCS card is £30. In the majority of cases, applicants must also pass the separate CITB Health, Safety and Environment test which costs £19.50, costing the applicant £49.50, in total.
However, CSCS has expressed concern at reports that some organisations are charging in excess of £150 to book the CITB HSE test and apply for a CSCS card.
The most efficient and low-cost way to apply for a CSCS card is to phone the CSCS contact centre (0344 994 4777). What’s more, the main bulk of cards ordered directly from CSCS are despatched the next working day.
The CITB Health, Safety and Environment test can be accessed and booked online via the CSCS website or by calling 0344 994 4488.
Speaking on the issue, Alan O’Neile, CSCS’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager said: “There is only one official CSCS website. No other websites offering CSCS card services are operating on behalf of CSCS. The official CSCS website is easily identifiable by ensuring you go to www.cscs.uk.com.
“If you are charged more than £30 for a card or £19.50 for the separate CITB Health, Safety & Environment test you should ask why?
“For some workers and employers, third party organisations provide additional services which make it worth paying the extra charges. But if you are paying more please check that you understand what additional services you will receive and that you are happy to pay for them.”
CSCS cards, something that all of our steel & glass specialists here at ANY Weld have, are set out to provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required qualifications and training for the job they do. By safeguarding the fact that workers have the correct training and qualifications, CSCS can assist in developing safety and efficiency on construction sites across the country.