- 1 What is a CSCS Card?
- 2 How to get a CSCS Card?
- 3 CSCS Card Cost?
- 4 How long is the card valid for?
- 5 How long will it take to receive it?
- 6 Card Renewals
- 7 CITB Card Checker Online
- 8 Test Booking Centres – Find a centre near you
- 9 CSCS Mock Test
- 10 What do I do if I lose my card or if its stolen?
- 11 CSCS Card Types
What is a CSCS Card?
CSCS Cards was created to reduce accidents in UK’s construction workplace. The schemes aim was to have create a single system of skill and saftey certification, so employers in the industry can reliably know their employers are Health and Safety trained.
Why do you need a CSCS card?
- To work on construction sites
- Show employers you have a good understanding of Health and Safetey in the working environment
How to get a CSCS Card?
Step 1 – All applicants apply need to have passed the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test.
The test is a 1 day course and you need to pass this in order to take the CSCS test.
Step 2 – Attend a card test with a course provider. The test is multiple choice and lasts 45 minutes. Find your nearest CSCS test centres.
CSCS Card Cost?
CSCS Card How Much? – The standard fee for a CSCS card is £36 and the Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) test costs £21
*PLEASE NOTE – Some companies card a administration fee to manage your test and course.
How long is the card valid for?
Expiry lengths depend on what card you have, ranging from 1 year to 5 years.
How long will it take to receive it?
Once you have paid for your card it will be posted out to you the next day – The average turn around after application is 20 days.
If it has not arrived call CITB help desk on 0344 994 4777.
For card renewals please visit our CSCS card renewal page with all the details.
CITB Card Checker Online
CITB has an CSCS card checker, click that link and check if your card is valid and what qualifications you have.
Test Booking Centres – Find a centre near you
When you have selected the correct card for you head over to our CSCS test centres page which has a list of test centres across the UK including the top 2 centres with contact number, card prices and location.
CSCS Mock Test
Try our 50 question cscs mock test to test your knowledge before you take your test.
What do I do if I lose my card or if its stolen?
If lost or stolen please contact CITB on 0344 994 4777 to get a replacement card. You will have to pay £30 for a new card.
CSCS Card Types
The scheme has 15 card types to cover different occupations within the construction industry. Below is a list with short description and a link to more information.
Green Card – Labourer
The CSCS Green Card for labourers was launched in 2014 allowing operatives to work on construction sites in lower level job positions. Read More
Red – Apprentice
The Red Apprentice card is for operatives who are on their first steps towards a career in the construction industry. They must have registered on an apprenticeship scheme.. Read more.
Red – Experienced Technical, Supervisor or Manager
If you are looking to gaining a construction qualification and have one year plus experience on site as a supervisor, manager or a technician this tempory card is for you.
Red – Experienced Worker
This temporary card will shows prospective employers you can perform skilled tasks. You must have one year’s experience on site, and hold no industry-recognised qualifications. This card leads to blue or gold skilled worker card.
Red – Trainee (craft and operative)
CSCS no longer issues this card as of the 1st August 2016. CSCS now only issues one Trainee card – which requires you to be registered for a CSCS recognised construction qualification.
Red – Trainee (technical, supervisory and management)
The purpose of this card is to help card holders secure roles within construction by showing that they have an understanding of health and safety and also have the skills needed to manage trades and carry out duties in the correctly.
Blue – Skilled Worker
Obtaining this card shows prospective employers that you have the health and safety knowledge and is fully trained for onsite duties. It shows you have met the legal requirements to practice your trade.
Gold – Advanced Craft
This is an advanced card is for highly skilled workers in the construction industry. The holder either has completed an apprenticeship or holds an advanced NVQ/SVQ certification.
Gold – Supervisory
This card is for construction supervisors at advanced level. They need to have obtained an advanced NVQ/SVQ certification to obtain the card.
Black – Manager
The black card is the highest level CSCS offers and is for top management professionals. holders have achieved a SVQ or NVQ level 5 in management.
White – Academically Qualified Person
AQP – Has a graduation degree from CIOB certificate, NEBOSH Diploma, HNCS’s or HNDS.
White – Construction Related Occupation (CRO)
CRO Card is for holders who need access to construction sites but do not have a relevant CSCs card. It can be very difficult to get access on site so this card enables holders to be on site.
White – Professionally Qualified Person
PQP – Professional Qualified Person shows the holder is a member of an approved professional body such as ICE or CIOB.
Yellow – Site Visitor
The Yellow card is for site visitors who have no construction skills, but they need to visit construction sites as part of their job role.
Red – Provisional
This card is for those who are new to the construction industry working in roles such as labouring. This card demonstrates you have a good awareness of health & saftey in the work place.