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Change to recognition of qualifications in Republic of Ireland

There has been a change to the recognition of qualifications process in the Republic of Ireland following the end of the Brexit transition period.

From the 1 January 2021 individuals seeking recognition of UK qualifications in order to acquire Solas CSCS or QSCS cards will be subject to the same conditions as all other third country applications. Therefore, applicants seeking recognition of their UK qualification are required to submit a detailed CV, including reference(s) from previous employers confirming the applicant's work experience, a copy of their valid operator’s card and associated certification to SOLAS, as the Competent Authority, to: RPQ@solas.ie 

Note: Please be advised as the Competent Authority, SOLAS will review all UK qualification recognition applications on an individual basis. Subsequent review decisions will be determined by the standard of training, certification and work experience of an applicant. Review decisions may vary with some applicants required to successfully undertake and complete a CSCS or QSCS theoretical and or practical assessment(s), while other applicants may need to participate and successfully complete a CSCS or QSCS programme. As SOLAS does not currently have agreement with awarding bodies in the UK, SOLAS is unable to offer a comparable qualification exchange process. In this regard SOLAS has contacted NOCON (previously CITB) to explore the potential for an agreed comparable qualification exchange process. SOLAS will update this statement when the discussion between NOCON and SOLAS have been agreed and finalised.

This change will impact CSR card holders working in the Republic of Ireland in any of the prescribed occupations listed in Schedule 5 of the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013. CSR is engaging with Solas to determine if a qualification exchange process can be put in place for CSR card holders and updates will be issued when available.

For the avoidance of doubt the mutual recognition agreement between CSR and Solas that deems the CSR one day course for operatives equivalent to the Safepass one day course remains in place. This means that a CSR card issued on the basis of the CSR one day course for operatives will be accepted in RoI in place of a Safepass card.