CONFERENCE: CCDO – Could you spot a fake?

NDTG’s Group Training Officer, Iain Kirk, and CITB’s Fraud Manager, Ian Sidney, join forces for this Demo Expo 2021 conference session sharing insights on practical steps to take in spotting fraudulent CCDO cards on site. Join them in the NFDC theatre on 15th September to find out more.

CCDO – Could you spot a fake? 

As you know, safety for everyone working on a demolition site is paramount. In any industry where there is an element of danger in the workplace, employers have a responsibility to ensure that Operatives, at every level, receive the right training to perform a duty safely and efficiently. The CCDO (Certificate of Competence for Demolition Operatives) card scheme is designed to ensure demolition operatives have demonstrated the skills and knowledge required to carry out their role on a demolition site.

Both NDTG and CITB have experienced reports of unregistered, expired and fraudulent CCDO cards – presenting a danger to individuals working on demolition sites and potential liability to their employers. It is critical to ensure that CCDO cards are checked, daily, for validity and authenticity.

In this session, Iain and Ian will highlight the key elements to look for when checking CCDO cards and the steps to take if in any doubt as to whether an Operative’s CCDO card is the genuine article. They’ll also walk through the CCDO Go Smart app and CPCS Smart Checker – the simplest, quickest and most accurate way to find out, for sure, whether the CCDO card you’re being presented with is a fake.


Iain has performed the role of Group Training Officer for the National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) since 2011. In his capacity as GTO, Iain supports NDTG’s membership of over 200 demolition employers with their training needs, CCDO and NVQ enquiries, card issues, grants and funding. In addition, Iain is an Approved Trainer, delivering CCDO and demolition skills training courses from NDTG’s purpose-built training centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Prior to joining NDTG, Iain was a HSEQ Manager for Clifford Devlin and formerly performed the same role for Town and Country Land Management. He has a wealth of experience predominantly within the demolition, construction and rail sectors.


Ian has worked with CITB since 2012 and was previously a senior police officer for over 33 years. His current role is Fraud Manager for CITB and he is a member of the Quality & Standards department, which involves having investigative responsibility for the CITB – Health, safety and environment test (HS&E test) and the Site Safety Plus (SSP) suite of qualifications.

A comprehensive system of assessments and qualifications exists in the UK construction industry to show that workers are qualified, competent and safe to work. It’s vital that these assessments and tests, that are carried out in order to issue individuals with cards and qualifications, are not subject to fraud.

CITB work with Awarding Organisations delivering construction related qualifications and with various card schemes to help maintain the integrity of various competence cards issued to construction workers.

The Quality & Standards department at CITB is responsible for delivery of these services and establishing processes to identify patterns of fraud, undertaking counter-fraud activities at testing events, developing new policies to counter fraud and liaising closely with law enforcement agencies including the Police, HMRC, DWP, Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Home Office Border Force/Immigration Enforcement Teams.