CSCS have announced that ALL Industry Accreditation (IA) cards (often referred to as “Grandfather Rights”) will expire on or before 31 December 2024 and cannot be renewed.
The RoofCERT Experienced Worker Route is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to obtain a replacement for the Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card, provided that you have at least five years continuous experience in the roofing discipline you are applying for.
Currently we can offer the RoofCERT Experienced Worker Route for ‘slating‘, ‘tiling‘ or ‘slating and tiling‘ disciplines from our assessment centre in Hereford. More assessment centres around the UK will be made available over the coming months. We are also in the final stages of approving the assessments for other roofing disciplines.
The cost is £549+VAT (the first 1,200 assessments are subsidised, after this the price will increase) and you just need to undertake our online knowledge test and undertake a one-day skills assessment. If you pass the assessment, your certificate will be sent to you within seven days, send this to CSCS along with your RoofCERT Knowledge Test certificate and your new card will be issued within 48 hours of CSCS receiving your certificates.
If your Industry Accreditation card expires before you have completed your RoofCERT assessment you can apply for the temporary Red Card for Experienced Worker (valid for 12 months maximum).
Once you have successfully completed your Experienced Worker assessment, your employer (or the contractor you work for if you are self employed) may be able to claim a grant from CITB to help towards the cost.
‘Industry Accreditation’ could apply to a blue Skilled Worker, black Manager, gold Supervisor or gold Advanced Craft card.
Check the reverse of your card, if it states “Industry Accreditation” then your card will expire on or before 31 December 2024 and cannot be renewed—you must apply for one of the new types of CSCS card.
RoofCERT Experienced Worker applies for holders of Blue ‘Skilled Worker’ cards.
Cards issued under Industry Accreditation (IA) are being withdrawn and cannot be renewed via this method.
At the beginning of 2015 the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) announced via the Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025, that industry, including trade associations, contractors, clients and government, should specify and promote card schemes displaying the CSCS logo with no equivalents accepted.
This is known as the One Industry Logo action. Among the requirements set out by the CLC is that all construction industry card schemes must operate with nationally recognised qualifications (usually NVQ/SVQs) in place for all occupations.
All Industry Accreditation (IA) cards issued from 1st Jan 2020 will expire on 31st Dec 2024
There are approximately 70,000 IA card holders—many have between 20 to 30 years’ experience and the majority are in supervisory and site management roles.
You need to put a plan in place to move off Industry Accreditation before your card expires at the end of 2024.
What that plan looks like depends on your occupation and what qualifications you may already hold.
Those currently on Industry Accreditation who require a CSCS card may already have the requisite qualification or professional membership to renew their card or move onto an Academically or Professionally Qualified Person card, without undertaking further assessment.
If you do not have the required qualification but you have at least five years continuous experience in your roofing discipline, you can apply via the RoofCERT Experienced Worker route above.
The cost is set by individual providers, but as experienced workers are unlikely to need any upskilling or training, the assessment-only route provides a quicker and simpler way to achievement. RoofCERT are currently offering subsidised assessments for £549 + VAT.
CITB grants are available to support CITB registered employers achieve recognised qualifications.
To further support CITB registered employers during the Industry Accreditation card transition period, a number of CITB grants will receive enhanced funding.
To find out about the CITB grants available and enhanced funding please visit the CITB website.
CITB grant funding is available to CITB Registered employers who are up to date with their Levy Returns.
Employers can apply for this grant for all directly employed staff on the payroll, business owners and partners, and all subcontractors. Those self-employed or sub-contracted on projects should speak to the primary contractor in the first instance regarding grant funding.
For further information, please visit our IA Grant Information page.
Industry Accreditation cards can still be renewed, if their expiry date is prior 30 June 2024. However, the renewed card will expire on 31 December 2024. Any Industry Accreditation CSCS card with an expiry date of 1 July 2024 onwards cannot be renewed.