CSCS Card Applications

 

The CSCS card scheme was set up to help the construction industry improve quality and reduce accidents. CSCS cards are increasingly demanded as proof of occupational competence by contractors, public and private clients and others. Many sites and contractors will now only use fitters with CSCS cards for safety and quality purposes. To get a CSCS card, the minimum requirement is completion of a health & safety test and to be registered for an NVQ. If you have already completed your Health & Safety Test in the last 2 years you will not need to do this again.

Which CSCS Card do I need?

To find out which CSCS card you should have according to your job role.

 

Labourer

You can apply for this card if you have either:

Passed the QCF Level One or SCQF Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. To find out how to take this award contact your local college of further education, training centre or Jobcentre Plus. They will advise you about training and assessment availability, pricing and whether funding is available.

or Hold a valid Site Safety Plus Health and Safety Awareness Course certificate

or Complete the IOSH Working Safely course which must have been acheived within three years prior to making an application

All applicants must also pass the Operatives CITB Health Safety & Environment test.

Here is a short video that describes how to apply for a Labourer card in three easy steps.

This card is valid for five years.

 

Apprentice

This card is available to people who are registered on a recognised apprenticeship framework.

Applicants for this card do not need to take the CITB Health, Safety & Environment test if they have met their Apprenticeship Managing Agency’s health and safety requirements before applying for the card.

This card is valid for four years and cannot be renewed.

 

Experienced Worker

This card is available to workers with on the job experience (normally at least one year in the last three).

The Experienced Worker Card is issued on a temporary basis, while a Construction Related QCF qualification is being achieved. It is expected to be replaced by a skilled five year card on achievement of a Construction Related NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or higher.

An Experienced Worker Card cannot be replaced by a Labourer or Provisional card.

All applicants must have passed the relevant CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test within the past two years and be registered for the relevant Construction Related NVQ or SVQ.

The card is valid for one year and cannot be renewed.

 

Skilled Worker

You can apply for this card if you have either:

Achieved a construction related NVQ or SVQ level 2

or Completed an employer sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City and Guilds Certificate.

If you do not have these qualifications, but you are experienced in your job and have registered for a qualification applicable to your occupation, you may apply for an Experienced Worker Card.

All applicants must pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test

This card is valid for five years.

 

Supervisor

The gold card is available for supervisor and technician occupations.

Achievement of an NVQ or SVQ level 3 in a relevant occupation is required to apply for this CSCS card.

This card is valid for five years.

 

Manager

The black card is available for manager occupations.

Achievement of an NVQ or SVQ level 6 or 7 in a relevant occupation is required to apply for this CSCS card.

This card is valid for five years.

 

Site Visitor

This card is available to people who frequently visit a construction site, but have no construction specific skill.

This card is valid for five years.