Information about renewing competency cards during the COVID-19 outbreak
Qualification awarding bodies have made arrangements so people can continue to work during the pandemic.
You will need to carry your cards with you, even if they have expired.
CSCS has asked all sites to use their discretion for workers whose CSCS cards expire from March 2020 onwards, and who cannot do the CITB HSE tests for renewal.
They have also extended the period you can renew after your card expires, to up to a year from the expiry date.
You can apply for an emergency COVID-19 CPCS card, which is valid for a year. It will cost £15.
For more information, see www.cscs.uk.com/covid19
LU has extended all safety on the track certification for work in traffic hours, depots, engineering hours and possession.
All qualifications that expire after 21 March 2020 are extended until 30 September 2020.
London Underground ICI can only be booked at the training centre in Stratford.
SMSTS / SSSTS
If your SMSTS / SSSTS expires after 15 March 2020, you will be allowed to take a refresher course rather than the full resit course.
The courses are now available online.
Network Rail extended all Sentinel competencies and medical certificates for four months on 24 March. They have now extended for a further two months.
That will give time for everyone to start getting the training and recertification they need, while training centres deliver training with reduced class sizes (for social distancing).
VGC will be in touch to arrange your re-certification.
Express Medicals will have all their clinics open by 4 August.
- Birmingham, Rotherhithe, Manchester and Doncaster are open now.
- Maidstone will reopen on 29 June
- Newcastle – 30 June
- Liverpool – 1 July
- Cardiff – 8 July
- Milton Keynes – 9 July
- Glasgow – 14 July
- Southampton and Leeds – 4 August.
If you need a qualification not listed here, ask your labour manager to contact the HR team.