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CEFNI Respond to the CSCS Card Fraud findings

The CEFNI has released the following statement in light of the recent CSCS Card fraud scandal to hit the media.

We would like to remind people however that the Health, Safety and Environment Test is not part of the One Day Health and Safety course required to get construction operatives a CSR Card occupational card. The fraud has come about by centres in England fraudulently completing the Heath Safety and Environment Test for course delegates and issuing them with a CSCS card fraudulently. This practice cannot happen with the CSR scheme as the computer based test is not  a requirement of the scheme.

 

"As you may be aware, BBC Newsnight last week reported on issues relating to training and test centre fraud in respect of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) in England.

The types of fraud uncovered by the programme included test centres facilitating applicants to pass the touch screen test, training centres handing out SSSTS and SSMTS certificates for cash and a training centre completing the Level 1 Award assessments for candidates.

It is vitally important to note that these issues arose as a result of a small number of unscrupulous organisations based in England.  However, the issues raised did generate a number of media enquiries locally.

Given that the Construction Skills Register (CSR) Scheme operates entirely differently to the CSCS Scheme in Great Britain, and to eliminate any reputational risk to the CSR Scheme, a number of media interviews were undertaken to highlight the difference.  In addition, we undertook to explain that the CSR Scheme requires a minimum of one day health and safety training and that the network of training providers is subject to audit of both their training delivery and their administration processes.

The local construction industry is very proud of the achievements and success of the CSR Scheme to date.  However, in order to maintain its integrity, we will be increasing the frequency of unannounced audits of CSR training and assessment with immediate effect.

We believe that this is a necessary step to ensure that the Scheme continues to be held in high regard by all those involved in the industry, including employers, clients and government.

If you would like any further clarification on the above, or have any other queries then please contact Catriona Murray, CSR Scheme Manager via csr@cefni.co.uk or 028 9087 7150."