CSCS cards achieve a record number of checks

According to figures released this month, there has been a significant increase in the number of scans on the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Smart Check app since the start of 2024.

2022 & 2023 results

Since April 2022, there have been more than 800,000 scans using the app. A scan equates to a CSCS card being checked on site. In 2022, this took place on average around 10,000 times each month, rising to roughly 19,000 per month in 2023 – a significant 90% increase.

Where are we now?

In January and February 2024 combined, the app has been used 60,000 times. Looking at March 2024, the numbers are even more surprising, reaching a staggering 400,000 scans. The continued increase is likely due to a combination of factors, the main one being the uptake of the API following Go Smart’s withdrawal, which means Smart Check has been built into more sites’ systems by their IT partners. Testing of the new API will also have played a factor, alongside a small contribution from the desktop checking website.

What about the SICCS card?

The NAS’ own CSCS scheme, SICCS, has experienced similar increases – being scanned more than twice the average number of times since the turn of the year.

Final thoughts

While not the sole measure of competency, CSCS cards are increasingly seen as the standard when it comes to demonstrating occupational knowledge and site safety. The NAS believes this will continue because of the competency work arising from the tragedy at Grenfell and subsequent legislation, including the Building Safety Act.

In June of this year, we are running a member exclusive, free workshop in collaboration with Citation, – Health & Safety and HR & Employment Law specialists. The workshop will address concerns raised NAS Members around CDM regulations and the Building Safety Act.

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