CSCS Cards

CSCS Cards

CSCS cards are issued by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme as proof that you have the relevant qualifications and training for your role. CSCS cards work towards building better standards and improve health and safety on UK construction sites.

The majority of principal contractors and major building companies will require a CSCS card and this will increase, although at present it is not mandatory for you to have a CSCS card. Cards will be checked against the CSCS database to ensure they are valid.

Why You Need the Right CSCS Card!

Employers are increasingly making the holding of a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards a mandatory practise for their sites. This helps the company and the clients to feel assured that all health and safety practices are understood and adhered to.

CSCS Cards

You Should Be Aware of Two Things with CSCS Cards:

  • Regular checks will be carried out on CSCS card holders either by a handheld scanner or checking a central database to ensure the card is valid.
  • If you are holding the wrong type of card for the type of job you are doing, for example having a CSCS Green card when you’re in fact a painter, plasterer or supervisor, then you may find that you are asked to leave the site with immediate effect.

How to Get a CSCS Card

First of all, you need to find the right CSCS Card for your trade. If you’re not sure which CSCS card to choose, just give us a call on 0333 4440018 or check with the CSCS here.

For most CSCS cards, other than a green card, you will need to undertake an NVQ, which we offer from level 2 through to level 7.

How Do I Renew A CSCS Card?

Once you have a CSCS card, it is valid for 5 years. Trainee cards however will only be valid for 1 to 3 years. You will need to renew your card prior to the expiry date to avoid complications. Before re-applying, you will also have to re-sit the Health, Safety & Environmental test at either Operative, Specialist or Managers & Professionals level, you can book here.

Different Types of CSCS Cards

 

Main Types of CSCS Cards

Green CSCS Card

Labourer

This card is valid for five years. It is currently not possible to renew a Labourer card. However, you can apply for a new Labourer card when the first one expires. Find out more on the CSCS website here.

To qualify for this card, you need to:

  • Pass the CITB Health & Safety Awareness either online or in a classroom
  • Pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment touch screen test at Operative level

Gold CSCS Card

Supervisory

The gold CSCS card is for supervisor and technician occupations and is valid for 5 years, after this you can renew the card or apply for a site management NVQ.

To qualify for this card, you need to:

  • Successfully achieve a Level 3 Occupational Work Supervision NVQ or a Level 4 Site Supervisor NVQ
  • Pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment touch screen test at Supervisor level

We also recommend undertaking the CITB Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme course.

For those who have completed the working at heights health and safety test, this can be endorsed on the card.

 

Skilled Worker CSCS Cards

 

Black CSCS Card

Manager

The black CSCS card is available for managers and senior managers and is valid for 5 years.

To qualify for this card, you need to:

  • Successfully achieve a Level 6 Site Manager NVQ or a Level 7 Senior Manager NVQ
  • Pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment touch screen test at Managers and Professional level

We also recommend undertaking the CITB Site Managers Safety Training Scheme course.

Do you have any questions about the CSCS Cards?

Contact us now for more information on 0333 444018.