CSCS announced in their 2018 annual review that following the withdrawal of the Construction CRO & Site Visitor card, the next step towards a fully qualified workforce is to develop proposals for those holding their card through Industry Accreditation (IA). Also known as Grandfather Rights, IA allowed Construction Supervisors and Manager to obtain Gold & Black CSCS cards on the strength of an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification.

CSCS closed IA to new applicants in 2010 but those holding a card are currently able to renew on the same basis. To meet the requirements of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) CSCS are going to develop plans in conjunction with industry stakeholders, to move all IA cardholders to a recognised qualification.

The CSCS Board are currently discussing how they are going achieve this within the necessary timescales and a transition plan to move IA cardholders to an appropriate qualification will be announced in early 2019. 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 construction related occupations. In the interim existing IA card holders can continue to renew their cards in accordance with the scheme rules.

This Announcement means that those Supervisors and Managers who who do not take the necessary steps to gain relevant qualifications in the future may have their Gold/Black CSCS cards withdrawn. CADUK believes that it is better to be proactive than reactive in these circumstances. The majority of those who gained CSCS Black cards through industry accreditation (pre 2010) were indeed working at high levels of construction management and therefore would have access to competence based qualifications (NVQs) at the highest level.

Gaining measurable competence based qualifications (NVQs) would not only meet the requirements of the CSCS scheme, it is also key to an individual’s professional development, gaining real recognition for your skills, knowledge and experience.

The qualification that most of these construction managers would have access to in the Pearson Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management:

Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management – For those practitioners in the Construction sector who are working in a Policy-makingDirector or Senior management capacity: i.e. Contracts and Production Managers and Commercial ManagersOperations Directors of smaller construction companies, Property and Facilities Managers and Specialist Construction Managers; as well as those in Construction Project Management – i.e. those who oversee projects from inception to decommissioning, who advise stakeholders and who form and lead project delivery teams.

This Level 7 NVQ also leads to professional status with a variety of professional institutions including The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE),

Achievement of this qualification will demonstrate to employers that you have the most up to date skills, knowledge and experience relating to the occupational role. To find out if you have access to this qualification please click here to download our ‘self assessment’ profile tool or call CADUK directly on (01952) 287 366.

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