What is FISS / CSCS

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Fencing Organisations are responsible for the installation of different types of fences, gates and barriers, across a broad cross-section of different environments from domestic and agricultural, through to commercial, industrial, high security and infrastructure (e.g. highways, rail and utilities).

The areas within fencing are:

  • General fencing
  • Perimeter security systems
  • Vehicle restraint systems
  • Gates, doors and barriers

With the diversity of the industry, there are a wide range of career opportunities. All involved work to detailed specifications and standards to ensure correct and safe installation. Dependent on their role they must have the ability to work as directed under supervision and/or be able to read and understand specifications and plans, prepare sites and select relevant materials to carry out installation, maintenance or repairs to meet the relevant contract requirements. The work will include using a wide variety of materials, tools and machinery.

In recognition of this the fencing industry came together to develop a skills card scheme Fencing Industry Skills Card (FISS) supported by qualifications and health and safety training at different levels dependent on your role.

The Fencing Industry Skills Scheme (FISS) is supported by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme Ltd (CSCS) as required by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) under the Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025 as contracted with CSCS.

The Construction 2025 strategy identified the need for a single logo across the construction industry for skills cards and agreed that the common card scheme logo would be CSCS. This provides clients, employers and contractors with a consistent means of recognising that an individual has achieved the agreed standard of qualification and skill in the occupation they are working in and to give the industry confidence in that brand. For more information on the CLC strategy click here.

For more information on the background to the Scheme click here

Know what you are doing – download the FISS/CSCS application form here.

Free Card Checkers

Check a FISS/CSCS issued by Lantra click here.

Check a FISS/CSCS issued by CITB click here.

Read the Smart Card App

In order to read a smart card, you will need to use a card reader, mobile phone or tablet device with the ‘Go Smart’ software installed. Download the free app from the following link here.