Construction Skills Certification Scheme

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is a certification card scheme covering almost two million people in the UK construction industry. The card scheme was set up by the construction industry to raise levels of occupational certification and health and safety standards on building sites.

The Requirement

  • Replace the old style CSCS card with an electronically readable smartcard to tackle counterfeit cards that were being used to fraudulently get access to site.
  • Present ideas for how technology could be applied to facilitate a universal card for the industry.

The Solution

For CSCS, the welcome thing about the solution we provide, as their chosen Technology Partner, was it not only meets the principal requirement of tackling fake cards but also has a number of other more visionary benefits.

First and foremost, thanks to the high specification smartcard selected, contractors have the opportunity to store their own data on CSCS cards, thus cutting back on the proliferation of different cards carried round by construction operatives helping make the vision for a universal card for the industry a reality.

The Outcome

The CSCS smartcard is the first multi-use, multi-organisation card scheme of its type and, to date, more than 1.5 million CSCS smartcards have been issued.

When CSCS came to us, they chose us for our unique and extensive experience of smartcard technology and our proven track record of delivering smartcard solutions that work.

"Reference Point worked closely with CSCS to develop a smartcard solution and have been the driving force in the ongoing development of the technology and associated apps. Our partnership with them is extremely important in driving forward our objective of providing the construction industry with a means to certify that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out."

Graham Wren, Chief Executive of CSCS

Over 2 million people carry a CSCS Smartcard

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