Are you paying too much for your CSCS card?
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is urging employers and construction workers to be vigilant when dealing with third party companies that offer CSCS card application services. This comes after feedback from cardholders has revealed wide discrepancies in the prices charged for card application services.
The official price of a CSCS card is £30. In the majority of cases applicants must also pass the separate CITB health, safety and environment test which costs £19.50.
However, CSCS has received reports that some organisations are charging more than £150 to book the CITB HSE test and apply for a CSCS card.
CSCS’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager Alan O’Neile said: “There is only one official CSCS website. No other websites offering CSCS card services are operating on behalf of CSCS. The official CSCS website is easily identifiable by ensuring you go to www.cscs.uk.com.
“If you are charged more than £30 for a card or £19.50 for the separate CITB Health, Safety & Environment test you should ask why?
“For some workers and employers, third party organisations provide additional services which make it worth paying the extra charges. But if you are paying more please check that you understand what additional services you will receive and that you are happy to pay for them.”