CSCS loophole closed
The CSCS skills card scheme is ending an exemption to the CITB health, safety and environment test from September.
CSCS card applicants are usually required to gain a recognised construction related qualification (usually an NVQ or SVQ) as well as pass the CITB safety test within the last two years. However currently, if the applicant has achieved an SVQ or NVQ in the last two years they do not have to sit the CITB health, safety and environment test. From September 2nd 2019, this exemption will be removed.
Discussing the change, CSCS’ Director of Operations Gordon Jenkins said: “Accepting the recent completion of an SVQ or NVQ as an exemption to taking the CITB Health, safety and environment test is no longer in step with the wishes of the industry and as such the exemption will be withdrawn.”