ECS reminds card holders to download MyECS virtual card ready for CSCS Smart Check app

ECS reminds card holders to download MyECS virtual card ready for CSCS Smart Check app

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) is reminding ECS card holders to download the MyECS virtual card app, which will allow cards to be checked through the new CSCS Smart Check app.

CSCS Smart Check is the biggest change to site entry processes in decades and represents a remarkable achievement of collaborative working between the 38 CSCS Partner Schemes.

Launched in April, the CSCS Smart Check app is already improving site safety and card checking procedures on UK construction sites. Developed by the 38 schemes displaying the CSCS logo, CSCS Smart Check allows those responsible for checking cards to verify all 2.1 million cards using one app on their smartphone or tablet.

For ECS card holders, CSCS Smart Check works by checking your virtual card in the MyECS app. This app has been around since 2015 and gives a virtual, real-time record of your latest certifications, qualifications and assessments. The MyECS virtual card app allows you to view an image of your ECS card on your smartphone and, by generating a QR code from within the app, can be checked through CSCS Smart Check app just by scanning this QR code – no manual entry needed.

The MyECS app stores your card details so you can view them at all times, even when you have no mobile signal and if you have more than one ECS card you can see the different cards by swiping to either side of your screen. The app is also being updated to allow applications and renewals.

The QR code is accessed in the MyECS App by touching the “Show your QR code” button located just below the image of your card.

Since its launch, CSCS Smart Check has been downloaded over 15,000 times and is primarily used by project managers and gatekeepers to ensure people are qualified and have the right training, as well as ensuring they are who they say they are.

The app was designed and implemented to meet Construction Leadership Council requirements, which demand the development of a solution that uses smart technology to validate all cards displaying the CSCS logo.

Andy Reakes, Chair of the app’s working group, said: “Having one app to check all physical and virtual cards at site gates, or on project entry, will continue to ensure greater efficiencies for employers and those checking cards.”

The MyECS app is available to download from the App Store and Google Play.

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