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Electronic card checks are the most secure way to ensure a CSCS card is valid and that every card holder is qualified for the job they do on site. An electronic scan enables you to confirm the holder’s identity, training and qualifications while helping the industry to root out fake and fraudulent cards

Ways to check a card

There are a number of ways to check whether a CSCS card is valid.

Use Go Smart

It couldn’t be easier. All CSCS cards are Smart – they contain a chip which allows the card to be scanned using a phone, tablet or PC. Employers can read the information stored on the card using a smartphone or tablet device with the free Go Smart app installed.

Important note: Go Smart is available on iPhone and Android devices.

A quick scan using Go Smart enables you to:

  • Confirm the holder’s identity, qualifications and training
  • Check that the card is valid
  • Identify fake and expired cards
  • For further information on installing and using Go Smart click here.

Access your CSCS Online account

The most convenient way for employers (or individuals) to check the validity of a card is via their CSCS Online account. If you already have an account, please login to view the status of your cards. Here you will be able to verify the card holder’s qualifications and training as well as checking if the card is valid or “expired.”

For further information on how to set up and use a CSCS Online account click here.

Online card checks

A quick and easy way to check if a card is valid is via one of the free online card checkers. Simply enter the required data to view the status of a card.

Go Smart card checker: Check cards from CSCS and several Partner Card Schemes by entering a registration number and surname.

CITB card checker: Follow the steps on the screen view the status of a card.

Call the contact centre

The quickest way to check a card is online via one of the options detailed above.

If you do not have access to any of these, then please call 0344 994 4777 (8am to 6pm Monday to Friday) and a member of the team will be able to verify the status of a card.


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