In my post about CSCS card renewals last week (see here), I wrote about the absence of a clear renewal ruling from the CSCS for candidates who gained their cards via the CSCS Profiled Route.
We have had quite a response. Understandably no one is happy about the forever changing policies of the CSCS. And no one more so than all those, who in good faith, worked so hard on their profiling application only to be faced with the prospect of another hoop to jump through.
The CSCS do not volunteer information easiliy, so we asked this question directly to them, “Can you please confirm the renewal process for Profiled Route card holders. Specifically, will CSCS Profiled Route card holders need a position related NVQ to renew their CSCS managers and supervisors CSCS cards?”
The response came with some good news! The sands may have shifted on the renewal process, and may well shift again, but the CSCS have confirmed to us today that for the moment, cards gained by the CSCS Profiled Route, can be renewed without having to do an NVQ! The latest CSCS position can be confirmed as follows on the CSCS official website.
“Note this route has been closed for all occupations with the exception of those valid cardholders who previously held Profiled Route provided they renew their card within 6 months of expiry in line with the CSCS card requirements.” Page 12 extract.
I was politely informed that the CSCS’s position on Profiled Route renewals was in the public domain, and it is, but although the information can be found in the ‘public domain’, because of the position of the information, the renewal process as it stands, as we found, is not an obvious one.
The Profiled Route was closed as a result of the Construction Leadership Council supporting the industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce. The CSCS’s position on Profiled Route renewals has recently moved to a straight forward renewal without having to do an NVQ, as long as the card holder applies for renewal within six months either side of the card expiry date.
However, renewal is not certain. Following industry consultation, the CSCS are actively looking to construct a plan for a completely qualified workforce by 2020 and therefore, there may yet still be changes in the renewal process. So as I’ve already said, it is therefore a wise move for card holders to work towards having an adequate supporting qualification well before their renewal date so as not to be vulnerable to the ever changing CSCS policies. We will do our best to keep our customers and candidates updated on any new developments as they become known.
If you have particular concerns about this and you would like to discuss, then please feel free to contact us.