As of 31st March 2017, Construction Related Occupation (CRO) skills cards will no longer be issued by CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme).
Currently held CRO cards will expire on 30th September 2017 and cannot be renewed. There are currently around 230,000 CRO card holders across the construction industry.
The CRO card was introduced for those that didn’t hold a construction related qualification but did have a ‘construction related occupation’ (according to CSCS). Examples of construction related occupations can be found on the CSCS website.
CRO card holders will now have to apply for a difference CSCS card if they are required to have one on site, however, if their job role isn’t classified as ‘construction related’ then they will no longer be required to hold a CSCS card. The alternative card they can apply for will depend on the current qualifications and job role. The CSCS provide an online card finder system which will help CRO card holders know what actions they need to take next and what card is suitable for their occupation.
Under the new CSCS rules those applying for alternative cards will need to hold a recognised construction related qualification, such as an NVQ. CSCS say the purpose of this change is to make sure the industry has a fully qualified workforce. Alternatively, card holders will be moved over to CSCS’s Partner Card Scheme such as CPCS, NPORS or CIRS if these qualifications are more suitable to their occupation.
If you’re a CRO card holder and would like advice on what to do please contact your lock Bromak branch.