The National Working Group (NWG) for Occupational Work Supervision (OWS) has confirmed the removal of the endorsement list and redefined the pre-entry requirements for the OWS N/SVQ.

This means that CSCS no longer requires applicants applying for the Supervisory Gold card with an OWS N/SVQ to submit additional evidence demonstrating competence in their occupation.

Applicants need only to provide evidence of their OWS N/SVQ and to have passed the Specialist Supervisor level CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last two years.

The announcement from the National Working Group also means that CSCS will stop printing the occupational endorsement on the reverse of the card for any new card applications received from 1st October 2021.

Garry Mortimer, Operations Manager at CSCS said: “CSCS supports the findings of the National Working Group. The removal of the endorsement will simplify the card application process for our applicants.

“To ensure safety on site, it is vital that the Awarding Organisations verify candidates’ evidence before approving their entry onto the N/SVQ. Similarly, employers have a duty to not only check the CSCS card thoroughly to ensure the holder has achieved the OWS NVQ, but to ensure that their supervisors are competent to carry out their duties.”


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