Video: Is your Worker Using A Fake CSCS Card?

CSCS Feature from GoContractor on Vimeo.


With the help of GoContractor, hopefully this is a question you will be able to answer. This video goes into more detail on how GoContractor makes a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card check possible and reliable.

Companies should all be aware of why this is such an important process.

Set featured imageGained after carrying out an appropriate test about health and safety in construction, CSCS cards are required by contractor companies in the UK, aimed to prove that any training and qualifications mentioned are all genuine. However, the details included on a CSCS card may not be genuine if an effort is not taken to prevent the use of fake cards.

With unskilled performance being one of the main causes of fatal injury in construction:

No one wants an unqualified or unsafe operative on site and it is important for us all to ensure that the system is effective in tackling those who commit fraudulent and criminal acts.  

Some of the easier and more obvious ways which may not be considered but can be used to immediately notice if a card is fake are:

  • A dissimilar photo on the card given.
  • First and middle names should be in initials, surname written in full.
  • Inappropriate expiry date (cards usually last for 5 years).
  • Not containing a microchip.

The number of fatal injuries occurring in the construction industry is approximately 4 times higher than the national average, but the UK is still seen as one of the safest countries in Europe regarding on-site accidents and injuries. This has been associated with the introduction of CSCS card in 1995 and this video provides a short description of how GoContractor can be used to make sure that workers are verified and their skills are genuine, before they even set foot on-site.

Jenny Snook

Jenny Snook is content executive at GoContractor with the job of researching the latest health and safety trends in the heavy industry. Her past-experience includes the research of large museum collections such as the Louth County Museum, many from the industrial age.