16 April 2020

Changes to Card Schemes and Card Scheme Tests

The coronavirus crisis has created the need for a temporary change to card schemes and card scheme testing. Card applicants have been unable to apply for or renew their cards as all Health, Safety & Environment (HS&E) test centres have been closed until further notice. CITB and CSCS have responded in the following ways:

CITB – Position on testing and in-house testing for employees

As all HS&E testing has been suspended, CITB has introduced ‘LITE’, a free of charge product to help employers run in-house interim testing to determine if an employee is safe to be working on their site. Two LITE products have been developed, one for operatives and one for managers and professionals.

Employers can use the relevant app, which is available for Apple or Android devices and as a Windows PC/Laptop download, to ‘test’ their employees in a controlled environment.  Further information on how to download and use the temporary LITE testing products, along with suggested test delivery guidelines are available on the CITB website.

CSCS – Amendments to card application and renewal requirements

CSCS has compiled the measures which each of its Partner Card schemes has put in place to support applicants struggling to find availability to sit the test and renew their card. These measures include extending the period for card renewals.

The expired card or certificate should still be relevant for the occupation being undertaken and arrangements for renewals will be put in place in due course.

CPCS has introduced an ‘emergency card’; however, Build UK, CECA and NFDC do not see the need for this as the grace period for expired cards has been extended.

As the CSCS telephone service is temporarily suspended, applications are being accepted via the online service.  Employers can continue to contact CSCS via contact form or web chat services.

Further information can be found on the CSCS website.