CSCS Cards – Get them out of your tenders

CSCS Cards

CSCS Cards – Get them out of your tenders

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cscs cardsThe CSCS scheme has been around for some time; they are used as a tool to represent a level of understanding for safety on construction sites. In this article, we hope to explain why CSCS cards should be removed from any current or future security contracts.

Construction Related Occupation CSCS Cards

Although security officers are not directly connected with the construction industry; it was decided that they would be liable for the Construction Related Occupation cards (white). Once this decision had been made; it soon became a common aspect of construction industry security tenders to request that all officers were cardholders.

Many security providers moved away from providing officers to construction contracts to avoid the cost from running multiple officers through the accreditation path. However, this has changed over recent months.

Review of the CRO card

The CSCS scheme has undergone some review and change processes recently and as a result, a number of former ‘CRO’ occupations have been removed from the scheme as they are no longer seen as related to construction. A full article can be viewed HERE and a list of the occupations that have been removed is HERE.

It is with great pleasure and also some annoyance that I can state that ‘Security Guard’ is one of the occupations that has been removed and as a result, Security Officer no longer require OR are able to gain CSCS cards.

So I am sure that you can see why I have stated it is a good thing; but why an annoyance?

nutshell photoThe security industry in a nutshell

PGS is a small evolving company and can not compare to many of the larger security providers in the market… Or can we?

Over the last few weeks, PGS has been completing some tenders with the view of increasing our current portfolio. It was during this time that we reviewed 2 construction based tenders and was shocked to see two things:

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The second surprise was from the tender query section; first a question from one of the proposed providers and then the reply from the tendering company:

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[panel panel_heading=”Tendering Company” panel_text=”CSCS cards are mandatory as per industry regulation. This is not optional and is a condition of the contract being rewarded.” panel_color=”enigma_panel-red”/]

(This was the same in both tender packs, nearly exactly word for word)

So what am I going on about; and how does this mean that PGS is just as good, if not a little better when servicing clients?

The tendering company of which one was a large housing association and the other a national construction company really should know better. Let’s be honest; if they are going to build tenders and stipulate that some requirements are mandatory; then they surely need to ensure that they are up to date with industry changes.

To the security providers who are tendering for these contracts…

If you are aware of CSCS cards or even if you are not; surely due diligence should lead to you finding out the information. It took 3 minutes from start to finish to check the facts and find that the scheme had changed. Instead, we have another example of several companies that have tendered across 2 separate contracts and entered into an initial agreement that they will provide something that is physically IMPOSSIBLE.

This ladies and gentlemen is the security industry in a nutshell!

Moving forward

For any security provider who may be unsure what to do next please see the following for guidance…

Do you have existing contracts that require CSCS cards?

Yes – Print out THIS page and arrange a meeting with your current clients that may be affected. Once you have explained to the clients; ensure that contracts, assignment instructions and service level agreements are adjusted to show the changes.
No – Do nothing and relax!


Are you currently tendering for a contract requesting CSCS cards?

Yes – Email or raise at query stage and include THIS page in your communication. Advise the company that this is now an impossible task and ask them to clarify or remove this aspect from the tender requirements.
No – Do nothing and relax!


Come on folks; surely you can all see how this situation should not arise. We should all be constantly reviewing any form of regulation, scheme or advisor rules that affect our professions. With current technology, there really isn’t any excuse to fall behind and if I am honest; I will admit I feel sorry for those service providers who are still contractually obliged to provided CSCS covered officers when they no longer exist.

Sorry to have a little rant in this article; but when PGS is keeping on top of changes such as this, surely all the ‘bigger’ fish should also be keeping up with it.

PGS . . . because our clients get more

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Philip Green

Phil Green is a security specialist who makes your security needs his personal mission. Utilising knowledge, equipment and a very strong work ethic; Phil does not settle for anything but the best for his clients. Phil can often be found on the front line with his staff carrying out assignments including security, investigation and surveillance roles.

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