CSCS Cards
Vocational Qualifications
Training Guides
Knowledge Hub

CSCS Cards

CSCS Cards

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is the only card scheme for the construction industry that is supported by the Government.

In the past, construction industry workers were able to obtain CSCS cards under Industry Accreditation (known as Grandfather rights) but this is no longer possible for new applicants. Those who acquired their card this way and kept renewing it will be able to do so until up until 30 June 2024, with all Industry Accredited cards finally expiring by 31 December 2024.

NOTE: CSCS cards are more increasingly becoming a mandatory requirement for those working on building sites.

Cards already withdrawn

Construction Site Operative, Construction Related Occupation (CRO) and Construction Site Visitor.

Cards to be phased out/unsuitable:

All cards acquired under the Industry Accreditation (not NOS/VQ) will be eventually phased out with none renewable after June 2024.

Labourer’s Green card is not appropriate for blind and shutter installation and sites should not allow skilled work to be undertaken by holders of this card.

Card you will need:

Skilled Worker’s Card (Blue) - a minimum standard for an installer/fitter in our industry.

If you do not have a Skilled Worker’s card, the ONLY way to obtain one is by successfully completing the Vocational Qualification for the industry. You will need to apply for a Trainee or Experienced Worker trainee card whilst you are taking your VQ.

The BBSA has produced a guidance note A3 - CSCS cards which it is available to members via the member section of the BBSA website.

Vocational Qualifications

Vocational Qualification

The Vocational Qualification (VQ) for blind and shutter installers (including those installing louvres and brise soleil) can be seen here:

This VQ is no longer provided by CITB but has been passed onto a new provider, NOCN Group:

NOCN Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation Occupations (Construction) - Blinds and Solar Shading Systems - Installation and Maintenance

Qualification code: QUK800, Qualification Regulation Number (QRN): 601/1968/8

To access, click here

Currently the main awarding body providing Assessors for this qualification is the National Specialist Accreditation Centre (NSAC).

As demand for the VQ increases other Awarding Bodies may well offer assessment to the VQ.

How long does it take?

This depends on the experience of the candidate and the ability to co-ordinate jobs for the Assessor to view on site. Typically, VQs take between 3 -12 months to complete.

What does it involve?

The Assessor will check that the candidate has the relevant experience and knowledge for each element of the VQ. This is recorded in a portfolio of evidence which may include written statements, observations, audio recordings, video and photographs.

The Assessor will complete the candidate’s portfolio of evidence. This is then submitted for review by an external verifier before the qualification is confirmed.

The Assessor is signing the candidate off as competent and as such has a legal responsibility to ensure the candidate is competent against every element of the VQ.

How much does it cost?

There is no fixed price for a VQ. The price is determined by the Assessor based on a number of factors including the number of candidates at one site, the number of visits expected to assess the candidate’s work and the location of the candidates.

Currently costs are around £1,800 + VAT per person.

Training Guides

Training Guides

The BBSA's Training Working Group have prepared a set of Training Guides to help those working towards their VQ. These may also be useful for people new to the industry or even for those who want to brush up on their skills. Training guides are available in printed and pdf versions covering the following topics:

  • Measuring
  • Fixings
  • Fitting
  • Fabrics and Materials
  • Motorisation & Automation
  • Surveying, Quoting and Estimating

Guides are charged at £5 per guide for a pdf (free for BBSA members) and £25 for a printed version (£5 for BBSA members). To see more or order click here

Knowledge Hub

BBSA Knowledge Hub

The BBSA has established an extensive on-line training resource covering professional qualifications, Management Training courses, IT training and much more.

The most popular courses are the RoSPA accredited Health & Safety courses covering the key skills and knowledge needed to be safe.

BBSA Members can access the top 20 RoSPA accredited courses free of charge for all their staff for the entirety of 2018. For non-members these courses are available at £25 per course.

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