Friday 6 May 2022

DHF provides clarity on CSCS card scheme

In clarifying how one can obtain a relevant CSCS card, and the steps required in order to do so, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has reiterated that the best and most appropriate CSCS card comes from the industry.

In 2019, the Tamworth-based trade association launched its CSCS-approved card partner scheme in collaboration with the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA). The DHF CSCS (Blue Skilled) card provision is for those who work with industrial doors, domestic garage doors, automated gates & traffic barriers and metal or timber doors, and although not a legislative requirement, CSCS cards are supported by the government and provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job that they are doing.

“DHF remains the only trade association offering this card for the industry and in order to obtain a Blue Skilled worker card, individuals also need the relevant NVQ for the industry they work in,” explains DHF’s Head of Commercial Operations, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens.
“We are aware that there are some providers that will give an associated discipline card that is not specific to our industry. To Site Managers, we would say this: the best way to know that the person working on your site has the Blue Skilled worker card from the industry and for the industry is by their obtaining the NVQ level 2 in automated gates and door systems, the qualification that demonstrates their proficiency and that they have achieved the correct level of training.

“The NVQ is a vocational qualification that assesses the learner over a period of time to ensure that they have the right vocational experience and can do the job,” continues Patricia.
“It is important that they know the specific standards and legislation involved in installing a gate or door system. Detailed knowledge of the safety requirements for gate installations for instance, is a must; evidence suggests that many historic incidents occurred on automated gates due to mechanical failure or design fault, not electrical issues. It is therefore important for the person working on the gate to understand what a safe gate looks like.
“The NVQ process not only involves a comprehensive assessment on-site, but learners are also questioned about the legislation and standards relating to the industry. It is a holistic approach that reassures the industry, and Site Managers that the person presenting the CSCS card offered through DHF is qualified in their field.
“DHF continues to drive standards in ensuring that construction site workers are appropriately trained, and as such, created a joint venture, Entrance Systems Alliance (ESA), with the ADSA to offer the industry specific NVQ. In this way, we are playing our part in improving safety on UK construction sites.”

For further information, or to apply for a CSCS card, please visit the DHF website:

To find out more information about gaining the industry specific NVQ, visit the ESA website

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