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There are four types of fraud and CSCS Alliance Members are tackling them all.

Qualification Fraud

Where organised criminals assist candidates to obtain a genuine qualification. While most centres delivering qualifications uphold the standards required, there are instances when a centre’s integrity becomes compromised. To find out more, click the link below:

 Centre Malpractice

Examples of centre malpractice include examiners passing candidates that did not meet the required standard and deliberately falsifying records to claim certificates. To find out more, click the link below:

Advance Fee Fraud

Often criminals utilise online and social media platforms to assist candidates in obtaining a CSCS card without having to complete the required exams. When an individual is duped into believing they will receive a card only for it not to arrive, this is known as advanced fee fraud. To find out more, click the link below:

Fake Cards and Certificate Fraud

Fraudsters may create fake CSCS cards and qualification certificates. However, cards can be electronically verified using CSCS Smart Check, which alerts site management to fake cards and those cancelled due to fraudulent activity. CSCS works with Awarding Bodies to identify forged documents during the application process.

What to do if you suspect or uncover fraud

  • Deny access to the site.
  • Retain the card whenever possible.
  • Create photocopies or capture image of both sides of the card.
  • Record the cardholder’s name and address.
  • Report the suspected card to or send via post to CSCS Limited 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT.

If the suspected card is a GQA CSCS Q-card, then please email with the information as indicated above.

For the protection of whistleblowers and the integrity of investigations, it is recommended to send these reports via the email address noted above.

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