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    THOUSANDS OF ‘UNSAFE’ CSCS CARDS REVOKED

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    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have revoked 4,615 cards, following investigations into fraudulent activity at five test centres.

    The revocations come after an extensive investigation by CITB, which exposed fraudulent activity in centres where candidates were taking tests accredited by both CITB and the British Safety Council. This was later broadcast on the BBC Newsnight programme.

    CSCS wrote to all affected card holders in November telling the card holders to retake their HS&E test. Vouchers were provided to pay for retesting and steps were taken to reduce inconvenience for businesses.

    Unsafe cards removed from circulation

    Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS, said:

    “We take assurance that CITB’s in-depth analysis was accurate. While we accept that some people have been inconvenienced we have kept this to a minimum and removed unsafe cards from circulation.”

    We are urging employers to check the validity of all cards by either electronically reading the CSCS SmartCard or by using Card Checker via the CSCS website, to make sure that invalid cards are not permitted on site.

    While the number of people suspected of fraudulent activity is relatively small, compared to the 400,000 cards issued each year, this type of behaviour has the potential to undermine legitimate employees and harm the reputation of the industry.

    It is important employers are able to trust the training and qualification providers as well as the card certification schemes carrying the CSCS logo.”

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