The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) will be increasing the cost of a card to £36 this September, a rise of 20% from the current £30.
CSCS skills certification scheme provides proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out.
The last price increase occurred in 2010, but since then costs associated with running the scheme have increased significantly, says the organisation.
Graham Wren, CSCS Chief Executive said: “We have managed to maintain the current card price for the last eight years however inflationary pressure, together with increased costs associated with combatting fraudulent activity, have pushed our costs up to the point where the current price is not sustainable. In addition, with our current contact centre provider CITB having served notice to exit the service contract the CSCS Board have agreed to invest in new technology and systems to ensure the application process is modernised.”
The price rise follows news that Construction Site Visitor cards will no longer be issued after 2020. The card was originally introduced for workers who often did not perform a construction-related role, but visited sites regularly. Withdrawal of the card reflects CSCS’s desire to concentrate its effort on accrediting only construction-related workers on site.
CSCS is a not-for-profit organisation owned by three employer and two union organisations representing the construction industry.