4615 CSCS cards have been confirmed as revoked by The Construction Skills Certification Scheme and the Construction Industry Training Board.
This news comes after BBC Newsnight probed into fraudulent activity taking place at test centres. All affected card holders were informed they needed to retake their Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) Test in November. Vouchers were provided to pay for retesting and steps were taken to reduce inconvenience for businesses.
Over 8000 candidates were required to retake their test. A total of 5,480 did not register to retake their test and as a result their test result is now void.
Of those individuals who have already used their test result to obtain a card, 4,615 cards have been revoked.
The 553 remaining candidates have until the 14 February to successfully take their test before their cards are also revoked.
Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS, said: “We are urging employers to check the validity of all cards by either electronically reading the CSCS SmartCard or by using “Card Checker” via the CITB website, to make sure that invalid cards are not permitted on site.
“While the number of people suspected of fraudulent activity is relatively small, compared to the 400,000 cards issued each year, this type of behaviour has the potential to undermine legitimate employees and harm the reputation of the industry.
“It is important employers are able to trust the training and qualification providers as well as the card certification schemes carrying the CSCS logo.”
As a business, Building Careers UK takes the safety and compliance of all workers very seriously. Any candidates with invalid cards will not be permitted on site on behalf of Building Careers UK. We would advise all our candidates to check the validity of their cards using the Card Checker and to speak to us if any support is required.