Single app to simplify site skills card checks

Single app to simplify site skills card checks

More than two million smart cards across the construction industry can now be verified using a single app.

All cards displaying the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) logo can be checked easily using the new CSCS Smart Check app.

Construction currently has 38 different card schemes offering CSCS logoed cards all using their own card checking systems.

Having one app to check all physical and virtual cards at site gates will make life a lot easier for employers.

Mark Reynolds, Construction Leadership Council Skills Sponsor said: “CSCS Smart Check forms part of the industry’s response to the findings of the Dame Judith Hackitt Review.  It ensures people are suitably qualified, have the right training and experience for the role they are doing on site.

“Crucially, the information held by cards can be easily accessed by sites of all sizes and used to improve building quality and safety.”

Alan O’Neile, Head of Communications at CSCS said: “Developed by the 38 card schemes displaying the CSCS logo, CSCS Smart Check is a vital tool in certifying the qualifications held by individuals coming onto construction sites and projects in the built environment.

“Over the coming months, the project team will reach out to employers and stakeholders to begin the process of enabling existing card checking systems to become compatible with the new app. All sites are encouraged to migrate to the new app over time.”

Initially CSCS Smart Check will function as a standalone application, incompatible with existing site entry systems such as turnstiles and desktop card readers.

There will be no immediate impact on existing card checking operations and employers can continue to use these systems if required. The app is free and available from the Apple iOS and Google Play stores.



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