EUSR cards to go virtual - Energy & Utility Skills

EUSR cards to go virtual

From February 2022, virtual cards will begin to replace current Energy & Utility Skills Register (EUSR) Cards

EUSR cards to go virtual

From February, individuals gaining a new EUSR registration will be issued with a virtual card. A physical smart card can also be requested if needed.

To access their virtual card, a newly registered individual will be sent a text with a link to download an app on their mobile phone (either Android or Apple). The app will contain their virtual EUSR card, including details of all active registrations.

When asked to produce the card, the individual will open the app and show the virtual card. The card checker will validate this using a free app called Checarda, which can be used with or without internet access. Alternatively, the individual’s details can still be checked by entering them on the EUSR register search (available 24/7 at www.eusr.co.uk). Virtual cards will all display a card expiry date.

Carole Bishop, Head of Registrations at Energy & Utility Skills, commented: “We’re pleased to announce the introduction of virtual cards, the next step in our ongoing programme of investment into EUSR. Firstly, virtual cards are more convenient; no more carrying around lots of different plastic cards and no more lost cards. Secondly, it significantly reduces the plastic we, and our employers, are using in line with our sector-wide drive toward greater sustainability.”

If a plastic EUSR registration card is also required, then a new smart card will be available.  This smart card will look and feel the same as the current card (including all of the EUSR registration details on the reverse) but users will notice a new card expiry date and a contactless symbol which means the card contains a chip that is also readable by the Checarda app.

The plastic smart card will be available on request for a small additional charge.

Virtual and smart cards will be launched in February 2022 for all new EUSR registrations.

For existing registrations, a virtual card will be available later in 2022. The EUSR team will not be able to issue a virtual card without a mobile number. From November 2021, training providers will be able to submit mobile numbers with individual registrations. It is recommended they begin to do this for all individuals as this will ensure a smooth transition to virtual cards during 2022. The mobile can be either a company or a private number. Nearer to the launch of virtual cards, individuals will also be able to login to our QuartzWeb system from the EUSR website and input their mobile phone details directly.

CSCS registrations (SHEA, Network Construction Operations (NCO) and Utilities Network Construction Supervisor):

We are introducing virtual and smart cards for all schemes. From 1 April 2022, individuals using their EUSR registration to gain access to a CSCS controlled site will need to produce either a virtual or smart card.

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has mandated that all CSCS and CSCS Partner cards must be capable of being read by a new app they are currently developing.

We will be sending out more detailed communications over the coming months. Before virtual cards launch, we will also be providing individual cardholders with a login to add their mobile number using our QuartzWeb system.

If you have any queries, please visit our virtual and smart cards FAQ page or contact the EUSR Support team. We are available Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 5.00pm via email: eusr@euskills.co.uk or tel: 0121 745 1310.