Thousands of CSCS cards have been revoked following an extensive investigation by CITB into fraudulent activity at five test centres. A total of 4,615 CSCS cards have now been cancelled as a result of a CITB investigation prompted by a BBC Newsnight reportin October last year which identified fraudulent activity taking place during Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) Tests.

All affected card holders were offered the opportunity retake their HS&E test free of charge or risk the cancellation of their CSCS card. There is no way of identifying cancelled cards through a visual check and Build UK would advise employers to check the validity of all cards by either electronically reading the CSCS SmartCard or by using“Card Checker” via the CITB website, to make sure that invalid cards are not permitted on site.

CSCS Chief Executive Graham Wren said:

“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.”

Utilising smart technology to verify CSCS cards is simple and there are a variety of methods and equipment options available:

• For Android smartphones or tablets, there is a free ‘Go Smart’ app available to download from Google Play
• For desktop computers, CSCS card reader software can be downloaded from theCSCS website free of charge and you can purchase compatible readers from the CSCS preferred supplier.

CSCS has also produced a short video that shows how CSCS SmartCards can be used to check qualifications and training.