With effect from 1 April 2019, the Subcontractor Registration Scheme (SRS) has been renamed as the Registered Specialist Trade Contractors Scheme (RSTCS) together with a couple of enhancements. All subcontractors who are registered under the seven trades namely Concreting, Concreting Formwork, Curtain Wall, Demolition, Erection of Concrete Precast Component, Reinforcement Bar Fixing and Scaffolding of the SRS have automatically become Registered Specialist Trade Contractors under the RSTCS and no application is required. All subcontractors who are registered under the remaining trades of the SRS have been retained as Registered Subcontractors under RSTCS and no application is required. All reference to the SRS shall be substituted by the RSTCS with effect from 1 April 2019. For existing construction contracts where subcontractors are required to register under the relevant trades available in the SRS, such subcontractors shall be deemed to have fulfilled that requirement if they are registered under the relevant trades in the RSTCS.
The upgrade of plastering trade as the eighth designated trade under the RSTCS takes effect from 1 January 2021. By then, all Registered Subcontractors of plastering trade automatically become Group 1 Plastering Trade Registered Specialist Trade Contractor and no application is required.