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Got your phone?  You’ve got your Skill Card…

Over the next few weeks, we will be launching Virtual Skill Cards, in addition to physical Skill Cards. Virtual Skill Cards are a more secure option for you as they are almost impossible to copy, reducing the number of fraudulent Skill Cards/CSCS Cards that are currently in circulation.

The Virtual Skill Card is stored on the Vircarda app, which is available to download FREE of charge from Google Play, the Windows Store, The App Store.

When we issue your Virtual Skill Card will securely send you an individual registration code and PIN number. You will then need to install the free Vircarda app and enter your details and view your Virtual Skill Card.

Your virtual Skill Card will have the following information shown on the exterior and stored electronically on your device:

Registration Number
Date of Issue
Date of Expiry
Health and Safety Test Results
Industry Endorsements
Type of Card

Having a virtual Skill Card makes it quick and easy to take all your industry information with you onto site and from job to job.

Using the system

Your card can be checked using software called Go Smart. Go Smart is available for the following platforms:

• PCs and laptops running Windows – the PC/laptop needs to have a camera or QR reader connected to it. This version of Go Smart is available as a free download from
• Android devices. This is available as a free app from Google Play.
• Windows smartphones. This is available as a free app in the Windows store.
• IPhones from iPhone 5 onwards. This is available as a free app from the App Store.

To enable someone to check your card using Go Smart, touch the Read Card option in Vircarda. This will generate a secure QR code that can be read only by Go Smart.
Go Smart can check cards both offline and online.

When your card is checked online, Go Smart will connect to Vircarda’s database and download your card data, before displaying your details on screen. When your card is checked offline, Go Smart will confirm that your card is genuine and the person checking your card will then carry out a visual check of the card on your device. When online connectivity becomes available, Go Smart will connect to the Vircarda database and download your card data.

Provided you have not switched off notifications on your smartphone or tablet, you will receive a notification confirming your card has been read. From time to time you may receive other notifications from Vircarda as well – to warn you that your card is about to expire for example.

Vircarda keep a log of all online card checks and any changes made to your card. This log is used for support and security purposes.  The log file is maintained by Reference Point Ltd, the provider of Vircarda’s smartcard ecosystem, acting as a data processor on their behalf.

When your card is read electronically, a copy of your card is recorded by Go Smart along with the time and location, where available. This provides a log of the cards that have been checked for the person checking your card. Go Smart enables the person who has checked your card to forward a copy of your data to someone else – someone at head-office for example. Before doing this, the card checker must inform you who the data will be sent to and what it will be used for.

Your card can also be checked electronically by some other software systems.

Data protection laws require that, before reading your card, the users of these systems must tell you if they are going to keep a copy of your data and what it will be used for.

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TICA Head Office: TICA House, 34 Allington Way,
Darlington, DL1 4QB