Having a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card is compulsory when working on the majority of construction sites. However, despite good intentions, the scheme has been plagued by the use of forged cards.
Under the current regime, in order to obtain a CSCS Labourer card a QCF Level 1 (SCQF Level 4) Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment must first be obtained and it’s this course which is causing the latest concerns.
The British Safety Council (BSC), which is one of the awarding bodies responsible for delivering the Level 1 Award, has reported a rise in the number of fraudulent certificates being presented with CSCS Labourer card applications. This seems to be the new way of getting on constructions sites without the appropriate safety qualifications.
The BSC says improved security systems have eradicated the risk of fraudulent certificates getting past the assessors. However, due to the new concerns the BSC will no longer authenticate or replace the older versions of its Level 1 Awards certificates.
There are a numerous training providers who offer this Level 1 qualification. An online search should locate a trainer nearest to you.
Because of this issue don’t depend on the scheme completely. Check that those presenting a card have knowledge of the site safety rules etc. when you induct them.