In June this year, the CSCS introduced the CSCS 'Link' card. This is designed to allow any experienced workers who missed out on the 'grandfather rights' route to gaining a CSCS card, which has now closed for most trades. The Link card is a temporary route into the Scheme, and will close on November 30, 1999.
Individuals registering under CSCS Link will need an endorsement from an employer that confirms first-hand knowledge of his or her competence together with evidence of having attended an approved one-day health and safety course.
CSCS Link cardholders must then go on to achieve an appropriate National or Scottish Vocational Qualification for all trades applied for within three years of obtaining the Link card. Failure to do so will mean the Link card will be withdrawn.
If the individual already has an NVQ Level 2 or 3 in the occupation being applied for, he or she can apply for a full CSCS registration card, provided they have evidence of having undergone a CSCS-approved health and safety course. It follows that they do not need the Link card.