The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has withdrawn the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card.
What does this mean?
- CSCS stopped issuing CRO cards from 31st March 2017
- CRO cards issued since 1st October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017*
- CRO cardholders must take further steps to replace their CRO cards before they expire.
*For the avoidance of doubt, CRO cards issued before October 2015 will remain valid until their expiry date. All related occupation cards issued by the following Partner Card Schemes, SKILLcard (Construction Related Occupation), ECS (Related Disciplines), JIB-UK PHMES (Plumbing Related Occupation), will also remain valid until their expiry date.
So, in theory, if you have a CRO card issued after October 2015 it has now expired regardless of the end date shown on it. However, as per usual CSCS have recognised grandfather rights and are allowing older cards to run to their expiry date. Great if you hold an older card but entirely confusing for day to day cardholders and managers.
Does this yet again present evidence that the CSCS card system is complicated and confusing – I think it may well do.
Bottom line – if you have a CRO card replace it with the appropriate card asap and make sure your card reflects your role on site.
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