CSCS Smart Check communications | February 2022 update


As part of our communications plan to raise awareness of CSCS Smart Check, Construction Enquirer today published the following piece:

The roll out of the app begins in April 2022, providing employers with a quick, easy and secure way of ensuring everyone on site has the right qualifications and training for the job they do.

The app can be used to check contactless chips in smart cards, as well as QR codes in both virtual and physical cards covering all cards displaying the CSCS logo. Its introduction will also result in some changes to the way in which employers check cards at the site gates.

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The project team continues to work on the app’s development, and we are pleased to share our first update of 2022.

Construction Enquirer Article

Checking skills cards on site is set to get a lot easier thanks to the launch of a new app.

Currently 38 card schemes are allowed to display the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) logo leading to daily complications checking documents.

The new CSCS Smart Check app means that for the first time all 2.1m cards displaying the CSCS logo can be electronically verified in a single place.

Andy Reakes | Chair of the working group developing the app

“Having one app to electronically check all cards at the site gates, whether physical or virtual cards, will make life easier for employers and those responsible for checking cards on site.

It doesn’t matter what card turns up at the site gates – from asbestos to welding, if it displays a CSCS logo it will be compatible with the CSCS Smart Check app.”

The new app will also alert employers to fraudulently obtained and fake cards.

The roll out of the app begins in April 2022 and will be available for free on Apple iOS and Android devices.

Initially CSCS Smart Check will function as a standalone application and will be incompatible with existing site entry systems such as turnstiles and desktop card readers. There will be no immediate impact on existing card checking operations and employers can continue to use these systems if required.

Alan O’Neile | Head of Communications at CSCS

“Over the coming months the project team will reach out to card schemes, employers and stakeholders to begin the process of enabling existing card checking systems to become compatible with the new app.

“While there will be a period of transition, and multiple systems running concurrently, all sites are expected and encouraged to migrate to the new app over time.”

The development of the app itself is in its final stages, with integration into 14 card schemes already completed. Integrating the app across all 38 card schemes will be completed throughout February at which time testing will commence.

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