Changes Coming to the Construction Related Occupation Card
Posted: 20th January 2016
CSCS are bringing in major changes to the way that construction-based skills cards can be obtained by workers as of 1st October 2015.
The Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card that they currently offer was introduced in 2005 at the request of the construction industry and was designed for those skills, trades and occupations for which there were no nationally recognised qualifications.
Following the introduction of the new Green Labourers card in July 2014, applications of the CRO cards have risen significantly. New applicants are applying for this instead of the Green Card as there are no formal qualifications required and each applicant only needs to complete the CITB Health, Safety and Environment (aka Touchscreen Test) to be eligible for the CRO card – unfortunately this method is being utilised by site workers as an alternative entry to site without the need and commitment to be correctly trained and qualified, undermining the initial purpose of these cards.
The CRO card has therefore been deemed ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and CSCS have been in consultation with industry specialists to determine the most effective and efficient way to address this issue.
From 1st October 2015 new measures were introduced which will pave the way for the eventual withdrawal of the CRO Card.
- All CRO Cards issued from 1stOctober 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017* and are not renewable
- Applicants will be expected to register for a nationally recognised construction related qualification before their CRO Card expires
- Only one occupation will be displayed on your CRO Card from 1st October 2015
- CSCS will stop issuing CRO Cards as of 31st March 2017.
*Please note existing those who have CRO Cards issued before 1st October 2015, that are due to expire after 30th September 2017 will remain valid until their expiry date.
To learn how these changes may affect you, see this link for more details.