Why should I register for a SKILLcard?

Many construction and site managers request that their workers hold a SKILLcard before coming on site. Engineering Services SKILLcard aims to provide you with the following benefits:      

  • access to many construction sites
  • industry-wide recognition of your skills, competence and qualifications  
  • improving your knowledge and awareness of workplace health and safety
  • enhancing your employment prospects
  • identifying your training needs, and the chance to develop and add to existing skills
  • confirmation of your professionalism - and differentiation from the industry 'cowboys'


What SKILLcards are available?

Click here to see the different types of SKILLcards.


Who can apply for a SKILLcard?

Anybody working in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, including ductwork and other specialisms associated with the building engineering services industry - such as service and facilities, domestic heating and plumbing, and refrigeration and air conditioning. The scope of SKILLcard also covers those with supervisory and managerial responsibilities in the building engineering servicesindustry.

You do not have to be employed in order to register. You could be self-employed, an agency worker or unemployed.

Membership of the scheme is confirmed through the issue of an Engineering Services SKILLcard. Engineering Services SKILLcard is affiliated to the pan-industry Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). The terms of affiliation ensure that Engineering Services SKILLcard complies with the requirements of CSCS. There is no need, therefore, for separate registration with CSCS.


How much does a SKILLcard cost?

Click here to see the current pricing.


Why has the cost of a SKILLcard changed?

SKILLcards have gone smart, bringing with it a whole host of benefits to cardholders and employers, including saving time on site administration.

How do I know which SKILLcard to apply for?

You can use our card finder to help work out which card is right for you.


Can I apply online or over the phone?

We are hoping to offer online applications soon, but at the moment you will need to complete and return an application form via post or email.


My card is due to expire soon. How do I renew it?

Renewing your SKILLcard is quick and easy. We will send out a renewal pack when your card is around 8 weeks from expiry, containing all the information you need.

Read more on the renew / replace your card page.


Why should I renew my SKILLcard?

Your SKILLcard is your licence to work. You can use it to prove to employers that you have the skills, qualifications and experience to do your job well, and  safely. So it’s more important than ever to keep it up to date.


My card is lost or stolen. How do I replace it?

All you need to do is complete a replacement SKILLcard form, which you can download here. The fee to replace your SKILLcard is £40.00. 


I’ve recently been awarded a new qualification. How do I add that to my SKILLcard?

If you would like to update your card with a newly completed qualification or course, you will need to send us a copy of your certificate by email or post. We will update your SKILLcard electronically at no cost. The new information will then be added to the information held by the card's chip when it is next read.

If you wish to replace your SKILLcard and have the updated qualification or course appear in writing on the back of your card, you will need to complete an upgrade/update application form (download one here), then return it to us with the appropriate fee.


How do I know which type of photograph to include with my application?

If you are sending a photograph with your application please make sure that it meets the following criteria.

Photographs must be:

  • in colour
  • printed on plain white photographic paper
  • taken against a plain cream or light grey background
  • clear and in focus
  • no more than two years old
  • without any tears or creases
  • unaltered by computer software

The image must:

  • show a close-up of full head and shoulders without any other objects or people
  • be between 29mm and 34mm high from the crown to the chin

The photograph must show the applicant:

  • facing forward and looking straight at the camera
  • with a neutral expression and mouth closed
  • without anything covering the face
  • in clear contrast to the background
  • without a head covering (unless worn for religious or medical reasons)
  • with eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • with your eyes not covered by sunglasses, tinted glasses, glasses frames or hair
  • without any 'red eye'

Most passport photograph booths will adhere to these guidelines.


How long will it take to receive my SKILLcard?

Providing you meet the criteria, we aim to have your card with you within 10-15 days.


How do I report a suspected fraudulent card?

    1. Retain the card if possible
    2. Make photocopies of front and back
    3. Record cardholder’s name and address
    4. Ask cardholder where the card was obtained from
    5. Call the local police and report the matter
    6. Refuse access to site (subject to company rules)
    7. Forward copies of all evidence to Engineering Services SKILLcard, Old Mansion House, Eamont Bridge, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2BX marked “SUSPECTED FRAUDULENT CARD” with details of the crime number given by local police.

SKILLcard will fully support any prosecution with technical and factual evidence.


What do I do if I change occupation?

You may need to change the type of SKILLcard you hold. Use our card finder to check, or if you have any questions just get in touch with our helpdesk: +91 9438096255,