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SKILLcard Endorsements Move Online

Monday, July 6, 2020 2:29 PM

As part of the ongoing drive to make applying for an essential SKILLcard more streamlined, the employer endorsements required for card applications are now fully digital. 

This latest development means endorsers can say goodbye to having to print off forms, sign in ink and then send back to SKILLcard. Endorsers now simply receive a link via email and can complete their endorsement with a di…

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Sites should accept expired SKILLcards during COVID-19 crisis, says BESA

Monday, March 23, 2020 4:17 PM

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is continuing its calls for site managers to show leniency towards staff with expired SKILLcards. Operatives have been unable to sit their tests due to the closure of testing centres on 20th March 2020.

This follows the recent CSCS statement asking employers and those responsible for site access to use their discretion towards workers whose ca…

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We have gone paperless

Monday, March 16, 2020 4:45 PM

Last year we introduced our online application process which has proven to be more fast and efficient with us being able to deliver new cards in under seven working days. We have now decided to withdraw all paper applications from the SKILLcard website to enable the application process to be more effective but also friendlier for the environment.  

No longer accepting payment by cheques

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Covid19

Monday, March 16, 2020 3:15 PM

Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

Please find below a range of support and guidance from SKILLcard, BESA and other key industry bodies.

 

CLC Site Operating Procedures - Protecting your Workforce V4 18 May

COVID-19 Practical Measures for Building Services Operation Download here

BESA Guidance on the use of Face Cloth Coverings 

Government Guidance - Working safely during COVID-19 in construct…

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Revamped competence schemes crucial to new industry ‘culture’

Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:40 PM

The industry must modernise the way it presents evidence of professional competence to satisfy increasingly demanding clients, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Its members and the wider industry are under increasing pressure to streamline the processes used to give proof of skills, qualifications and experience in line with government targets and to create the ne…

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SKILLcard reassures Vent Hygiene CRO card holders following inaccurate NAADUK letter

Thursday, December 19, 2019 12:09 PM

Following an open letter issued by the NAADUK 16th December 2019, SKILLcard would like to correct factual inaccuracies and present the true situation surrounding CRO cards for our sector.

The NAADUK letter is not only inaccurate and directly contravenes the BuildUK Training Standard; it also scaremongers and may cause unnecessary concern amongst workers and firms in the industry.

 

1 - CRO clos…

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Engineering Installation & Maintenance Engineer CRO cards set to close

Friday, November 29, 2019 12:38 PM

Today SKILLcard announced that the CRO card for Engineering Installation & Maintenance Engineer are closing with a phased timetable starting on 31st January 2020. This is the 4th wave of CRO closures as part of its plan to deliver the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) 2025 vision. All card schemes carrying the CSCS logo including SKILLcard, must only certify those occupations with nation…

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CRO route for Fire Sprinkler Installer set to close for renewal applications

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:18 PM

SKILLcard has started the next phase of the planned closure of CRO application routes. Following the withdrawal of new applications for the Fire Sprinkler Installer card. The closure will now apply to renewal applications from 1st February 2020. A new qualification route is now open in order to obtain a blue SKILLcard for that occupation.

The phase out of CRO cards is happening in order to delive…

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SKILLcard renewals now available online

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:56 PM

Holders of Engineering Services SKILLcards are now able to renew their cards online following another upgrade of the online SKILLcard application system operated by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

The application process for new SKILLcards moved online earlier this year and the website (www.skillcard.org.uk) has now been further enhanced to accommodate renewals.

More than 6…

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Vent Hygiene CRO cards set to close

Thursday, August 1, 2019 11:05 AM

Today SKILLcard announced that the CRO cards for Vent Hygiene Specialist, Ductwork Cleaning Specialist and Kitchen Grease Extract Operative will close on 1st November 2019. This is the 3rd wave of CRO closures as part of its plan to deliver the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) 2025 vision. All card schemes carrying the CSCS logo including SKILLcard, must only certify those occupations with …

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CRO route for Fire Sprinkler Installer set to close for new applications

Monday, July 1, 2019 3:47 PM

SKILLcard has started the next phase of the planned closure of CRO application routes. Following the withdrawal of the CRO card for Medical Equipment Installers, the second route to begin closure is the Fire Sprinkler Installer card. The closure applies only to new applications at this stage. A new qualification route is now open in order to obtain a blue SKILLcard for that occupation.

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SKILLcard support enforcement of health & safety requirements

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:34 PM

In the next of a series of moves to enhance the robustness of cardholder qualifications, CSCS and SKILLcard are requiring all applicants to have satisfactorily completed the CITB health, safety and environment test or approved equivalent. This will now be the only way to show satisfactory evidence of health and safety compliance other than the exception gained by completing the H&S requirement…

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SKILLcard applications go online

Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:41 PM

Applying for Engineering Services SKILLcards has been made easier and quicker following the launch of a new online service.

The Engineering Services SKILLcard is operated by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and is held by more than 60,000 people working in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration sectors. It provides evidence that they have the required tra…

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SKILLcard swoops to clear up registration fraud

Friday, July 20, 2018 2:26 PM

The operators of one of the construction industry’s largest skills certification registers have moved swiftly to close a loophole that had left the scheme open to abuse.

Managers of the Engineering Services SKILLcard were alerted to the fact that a number of people working in the thermal insulation industry had managed to secure Heating and Ventilating (H&V) Installer cards in order to gain a…

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SKILLcard's Construction Site Visitor card remains valid

Thursday, June 14, 2018 3:35 PM

As the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) prepares to stop issuing Construction Site Visitor cards from 28 February 2020, we would like to assure all current SKILLcard Construction Site Visitor cardholders that their card remains valid until its stated expiry date.

SKILLcard is discussing the future of this card with CSCS and further announcements will follow. Until then, SKILLcard w…

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The phased withdrawal of Construction Related Occupation (CRO) SKILLcards has begun

Monday, April 16, 2018 9:08 AM

Work has commenced by SKILLcard to develop a framework to close the CRO application route and identify paths for those affected occupations to be signposted to an agreed industry qualification for that occupation. In cases where occupations are deemed non-construction related, the current SKILLcard route will be withdrawn. 

SKILLcard would like to reassure all CRO cardholders that their current c…

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SKILLcard’s CRO card remains valid

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:03 PM

As the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) prepares to stop issuing Construction Related Occupation (CRO) cards from 31st March 2017, we would like to assure all current SKILLcard CRO cardholders that their card is not affected by the recent CSCS announcement and remains valid until its stated expiry date.

SKILLcard will continue to accept applications and issue CRO cards relevant to …

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Card checks planned on 8th February 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017 2:31 PM

It has been reported this week that construction workers across the UK should be prepared to show their cards, with news of an industry-wide card audit planned for Wednesday 8th February 2017.

With member companies of Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association being instructed to check all cards on that day, to ensure that they are up to date and of the smart card variety.

The au…

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CSCS announces withdrawal of CRO cards

Friday, January 20, 2017 2:17 PM

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has confirmed plans to stop issuing Construction Related Occupation (CRO) cards, which will come into effect from 31st March 2017.

As a partner of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, we are working with CSCS to provide alternative solutions for current CRO cardholders.

SKILLcard will contact all CRO cardholders with further informatio…

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Skills shortage, or lack of experience?

Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:01 AM

The Building Engineering Services Association recently sponsored a RAC/H&V round table debate attended by representatives from across the industry including M&S, Sainsbury’s and the Institute of Refrigeration. The debate discussed the well documented skills shortage within the industry, and considered the importance of evidencing an operative’s competence.

Many industry experts have calle…

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Further action taken to tackle card fraud

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 3:17 PM

Yesterday Construction News reported on the latest incident of fraudulent skill certification cards within the industry following a CITB investigation, with the individual in question receiving an 18 month jail term and facing deportation.

The news follows after the BBC Fake Britain expose last December, which highlighted the use of fraudulent cards within the industry.

As an affiliate of the Co…

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SkillSight - new service now available

Monday, October 24, 2016 10:56 AM

Do you have sight of your skills and training in an instant?

Working with Reference Point, SKILLcard is now able to provide card holders and employers even more benefits, with access to SkillSight the free Training Management Solution.

SkillSight enables you or a nominated representative to transform your smart SKILLcard into a fully accessible skills passport.

Click here for further informatio…

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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: Read our Business Continuity statement and updates here.

 

 

YOU NOW ONLY HAVE 12 MONTHS FROM EXPIRY TO SUBMIT A RENEWAL, FOLLOWING THAT CUT OFF, YOU WILL HAVE TO SUBMIT A NEW APPLICATION.

SO DON'T DELAY AND RENEW TODAY!

 

In Scotland, centres are recommencing 22nd July (majority of Pearson Professional Centres).

 In Wales. centres are recommencing 20th July (all Pearson Professional Centres).

As of 18 May 2020, CITB has re-opened the HS&E testing operations in England through the Pearson Performance Centres only. However, due to social distancing measures, availability may be limited. Leicester Pearson VUE Centre is currently affected by localised lock-down.

 

You can keep up to date with the latest CITB messaging here

 

Because of limited access to CITB courses, we continue to ask those responsible for site access to use their discretion towards expired SKILLcards. Read more

Watch our short video about expired SKILLcards here.

Our telephone lines are open and applications can still be made via the online service here.

Our team are still here to support you.