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CAB Curtain Walling Installers CSCS card

Since 2017 glass, glazing or fenestration CSCS cards have only been available via GQA Qualifications. CAB has partnered with GQA and CSCS to develop a route to obtain a newly created CAB Curtain Walling Installers CSCS Card.

The route involves a number of new steps whether the installer is a new entrant or renewing a CSCS card with or without a relevant NVQ. These are laid out below but will include the ‘CAB 1-day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge’ course. This generic training course has been developed by the CAB Training Committee as a mandatory element in achieving a CAB Curtain Walling Installers CSCS card.

Candidates will attend the training at ‘GQA Approved Training Providers’ who will deliver the CAB course and who will guide candidates through the various steps to achieve the CAB Curtain Walling Installers CSCS Card. In order to allow time for those Installers needing to undertake further CPD, training or qualifications to pass through the new route, a one-year temporary card will be available. Within this one-year period the appropriate qualification will need to be achieved as the temporary card will expire after this period has passed and will not be able to be renewed. Installers can get on site with their temporary card as long as they have passed the Health & Safety test and are registered for and working towards a qualification.

Those candidates, who are new to the Industry and are undergoing training such as apprenticeships, can apply for a trainee card which lasts for a period of 2 years.

To ensure the whole process is kept up to date and continues to meet best practice, the Approved Training Providers will take part in regular formal review meetings with CAB, GQA and systems house experts.

Applying for the CAB Curtain Wall Installers CSCS Card
There are different processes to follow depending on the type of card you are applying for, the following outlines the process for each type:

  1. Apprentice / New to the industry

Individuals who are new to the industry, will need to apply for a Trainee Card. The route to apply for this card is as follows:

  • Must have passed the GQA H&S Assessment test or have achieved the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last 2 years
  • Must have attended the CAB 1-day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge’ course and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must have attended a 1-day ‘Independently Assessed’ System House Product Training Day and successfully completed the end of course test
  • Must be registered for the relevant Curtain Wall Installer NVQ / SVQ qualification or Fenestration Installation qualification in the context of Curtain Wall installation
  1. Experienced worker who does not have the relevant NVQ / SVQ qualification

Individuals who are applying for the Curtain Wall Installer CSCS card who have experience in the industry, but no qualification will need to apply for a temporary card. The route to apply for this card is as follows:

  1. Installer has the relevant NVQ/SVQ qualification – applying for 1st CSCS card

For those people who have already achieved their Level 2 Curtain Wall Installers qualification and want to apply for a Full CSCS Card. The route to apply for this card is as follows:

  • Must have passed the GQA H&S Assessment test or have achieved the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last 2 years
  • Must have attended the ‘CAB 1-day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge’ course within the past 12 months and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must have attended a 1-day ‘Independently Assessed’ System House Product Training Day within the past 2 years and successfully completed the end of course test
  • Auditable and verifiable proof of achievement of relevant qualification either the Level 2 Curtain Wall Installer or the Level 3 Fenestration Qualification with the Curtain Walling Endorsement
  1. Installer has the NVQ/SVQ Curtain Wall Installer qualification – applying for renewal CSCS card

For those people who have already achieved their Level 2 Curtain Wall Installers qualification and want to apply for a renewal CSCS Card. The route to apply for this card is as follows:

  • Must have passed the GQA H&S Assessment test or have achieved the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last 2 years
  • Must have attended the ‘CAB 1-day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge’ course within the past 12 months and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must have attended a 1-day ‘Independently Assessed’ System House Product Training Day within the past 2 years and successfully completed the end of course test
  • Must have achieved the Curtain Wall Installer Competency Update Qualification
  1. Industry Accreditation

CSCS have taken the decision that for all CSCS card renewals, industry accreditation (grandfather rights) will no longer be a recognised route for card renewal. Anyone who currently has a CSCS card achieved through industry accreditation will need to follow the process below:

  • Must have passed the GQA H&S Assessment test or have achieved the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last 2 years
  • Must have attended the ‘CAB 1-day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge’ course within the past 12 months and successfully completed the end of course assessment
  • Must have attended a 1-day ‘Independently Assessed’ System House Product Training Day within the past 2 years and successfully completed the end of course test
  • Must be registered for the NVQ / SVQ Curtain Wall Installer qualification or the Level 3 Fenestration Qualification with the Curtain Walling Endorsement