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Checking site skills cards made easier with app

A single app can now verify over two million smart cards used in the construction industry.

The new CSCS Smart Check app makes it simple to check all cards with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) logo.

There are currently 38 different card schemes that offer CSCS-branded cards, each with their own card checking systems.

Employers will appreciate having a single app to check all physical and virtual cards at site gates.

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.”

CSCS Smart Check will be a stand-alone application at first, incompatible with existing site entry systems like turnstiles and desktop card readers.

Existing card-checking operations will not be impacted immediately, and employers can continue to use these systems if necessary. The app is available for download for free on the Apple iOS and Google Play stores.