The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) have announced they’ll be withdrawing 100,000 Construction Site Visitor Cards from circulation and from 2020, will stop issuing the card completely.

The card is in place to allow workers who do not perform construction based tasks but still visited sites frequently. However, CSCS has decided it no longer meets their strategic direction, saying that those with site visitor cards who work in construction-related occupations should develop plans to work towards the appropriate skilled card. Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS said the following:

Following the closure of the Construction Related Occupation card in 2017, the Site Visitor card is now the only card issued without the need for the applicant to achieve a recognised qualification. The Construction Site Visitor card does not support industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce and as such it will be withdrawn.

Many of the people holding the Construction Site Visitor card will not be required to obtain another CSCS card such as those in non-construction related roles, such as site cleaning and catering staff.

All Construction Site Visitor cards issued from 3rd September 2018 will expire on 31st August 2020 and CSCS will stop issuing the card from 28thFebruary 2020. For the avoidance of doubt, all Construction Site Visitor cards issued before 3rd September 2018 will remain valid until their expiry date.