Construction Leadership Council announces drive to promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo

Monitor Contractor Attendance and Worked Hours using a CSCS card and a Tensor system

As part of an action within the Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025 aimed at promoting safety and high workmanship standards on construction sites, the industry, including trade associations, contractors, clients and government should only specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo with no equivalents accepted, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has recently suggested.

The objective of this action within Construction 2025 is to provide clients, employers and contractors with a consistent means of recognising that an individual has achieved the agreed standard of qualification and skill in the occupation they are working in and to give the industry confidence in that brand.

Card schemes carrying the CSCS logo will have to meet the following requirements:

a. The appropriate qualification(s) for each occupation will be agreed between the sector

representative organisation and its recognised standard setting body

b. The minimum standard for skilled occupations is a NVQ Level 2 qualification relevant to

the occupation plus a separate health and safety element

c. Where an NVQ level 2 qualification is not available the sector representative organisation

and the relevant standard setting body will specify the recognised equivalent qualification

for the occupation

d. Cards for new entrants, apprentices, trainees, labourers or workers in the process of

obtaining formal qualifications will be clearly and easily identifiable

e. A transition process to bring all existing cardholders up to the minimum standard by 2020

will be agreed and implemented

f. Schemes that cover occupations covered by Competent Person Schemes specifying

MTCs or other Government specified standards will issue an appropriate card specifically

for these occupations and relevant only to the domestic sector.

g. The scheme logos and the logo of the relevant standard setting body will feature on their

cards or within any smart technology solution used.

h. A transition process to introduce smart technology by 2020 will be agreed and


i. Additional scheme rules that do not compromise these requirements can be determined in

conjunction with the relevant sector representative organisation.

2. Any new requirements related to qualifications within the construction industry will meet the

minimum standards

3. There will be clear industry agreed guidance on card requirements for different groups of workers

including new entrants, non-construction personnel such as site visitors, machine maintenance

personnel, delivery drivers etc.

Tensor enables the use of CSCS cards for Time and Attendance recording

Construction workers and other people who hold a CSCS card can use their existing card to clock onto a Tensor Time & Attendance system and/or gain access to a construction site or similar, or use the CSCS card to gain access through turnstiles or car park barriers.

Within Tensor.NET there is a CSCS card wizard. This allows system users to quickly grant contractors access to their clocks and access control system.

One feature most companies will certainly appreciate is the possibility to fully customize badge creation, since the system allows templates for badges to be previewed by the user to see how their badge will appear, populating it with their personal details. Previewed badges can then be printed to any windows supported card printer.

The templates can be single or double sided, in landscape or portrait format and can include a variety of content types, including here text, images and barcodes.

If you’d like to find out more about Tensor’s CSCS Wizard, just contact our dedicated product team or Book a Demo, our representatives will be more than happy to answer every and all of your queries.

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