Following the withdrawal of the Visitor card the next step towards a fully qualified workforce is perhaps the most challenging. Industry Accreditation (IA), also known as Grandfather Rights, allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards on the strength of an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification (NVQ)
CSCS closed IA to new applicants in 2010 but those already holding a card are currently able to renew on the same basis. To meet the requirements of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) CSCS will develop plans to move all IA cardholders to a recognised qualification.
CSCS have stated that to achieve this within the necessary timescales it will require extensive industry consultation prior to implementation. In the meantime, existing IA card holders can continue to renew their cards in accordance with the scheme rules.
The withdrawal of IA will be the final step towards achieving the CLC’s requirement of ensuring nationally recognised qualifications are in place for all occupations