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Gold card approval from CSCS for Past Graduates of TSA Surveying Course





Gold card approval from CSCS for Past Graduates of TSA Surveying Course

Past graduates of The Survey Association’s (TSA) Surveying Course can now obtain a Gold Card from The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

Following an application by TSA, CSCS, the UK’s leading skills certification scheme within the construction industry, has agreed the waiver for the 381 Survey School graduates who started the Course before April 2018.

Director of Operations at CSCS, Gordon Jenkins said, “CSCS is pleased to be able to work alongside TSA to reach an agreement that benefits the Construction industry and aligns with the objectives of the Construction Leadership Council.”

“Working with the standard setting body we have concluded that the TSA Surveying Courses in Surveying, which started before the Level 3 Diploma, meet the required standards for this occupation.”

Students who started the TSA Surveying Course after April 2018 will not be able to use it to get a CSCS card. They must instead complete the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying.

TSA Council Member and Survey School Governor, Nathan Spencer said, “This recognition by CSCS, is testament, both to the quality of our graduates and the survey training provided on the TSA Course.”

“The Course has been the foundation for the Level 3 Diploma and Level 3 Apprenticeship, ensuring the next generation have the skills required to support the construction industry.  It is very positive news for the surveying industry that CSCS recognises TSA’s contribution.”

How to Apply

To apply for the Gold Card, with endorsement as Engineering Surveyor, candidates will need to present their graduation certificate and a letter of authentication to CSCS.

To obtain these documents email The Survey School at  The cost for this is £80 + VAT.  The Survey School can provide a duplicate certificate, if needed.


Notes to Editors

The Survey Association was formed in 1979 and now has private survey company members in all areas of geomatics. TSA represents members on a wide variety of initiatives including the Survey Liaison Group, the GEO Business Show, Defra Flood Forum, BSI drafting panels, the UK BIM Alliance and continual Government lobbying. TSA is governed by a Council of 12, elected from the Full Member companies. A full-time Secretariat, based in Newark-on-Trent, runs the operational side of the Association.

The Survey School: In May 2014, TSA took over the running of the Survey School in Worcester. The TSA Surveying Course, written by TSA in 2001 to address the chronic shortage of survey training in the UK, continues to go from strength to strength. TSA is committed to training the next generation of surveyors and is expanding the number of short courses available at the School. TSA has also offered a Student Bursary to students in their second year at Newcastle University since 2011.

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

CSCS is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry. CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out. The Scheme keeps a database of people working in construction who have achieved or are committed to achieving a recognised construction related qualification. Holding a CSCS card is not a legislative requirement. It is entirely up to the principal contractor or client whether workers are required to hold a card before they are allowed on site. However, most principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid CSCS card. CSCS is a not-for-profit limited company.  Its directors are from employer organisations and unions representing the breadth of the industry. The Scheme’s application processing and contact centre is delivered under contract by CITB.