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.
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 out the suitable CSCS Card for your qualification/expertise and then you can apply for the correct category. If you’re not sure which CSCS card to choose, just give us a call on 0333 4440018 or book online after choosing amongst the locations nationwide.
Find out the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test required getting the card you want. You need to score 42 passing marks in the HS&E Test to be accepted for a CSCS Card.
Check the requirements for CSCS Card you are applying for. CSCS Courses or NVQs are required for certain cards.
How Do I Renew A CSCS Card?
Once you have a CSCS card, it is then valid for 5 years. Trainee cards however may be valid for 1 or 3 years. You will need to renew your card prior to the expiry date to avoid complications at a later date. All renewals will need to resit a refresher course.
Once your CSCS card has expired, you will have to resit the Health, Safety & Environmental test because new standards may have been introduced since your CSCS card was issued. You will also need to gain an NVQ qualification to qualify for one.
The Different Types of CSCS Cards
It is now a mandatory requirement for all on-site workers to have a CSCS card on them as the card gives the holder access to all construction sites. Failure to carry a card could result in the user being unable to work on a properly run construction site. If you need to apply for a CSCS card urgently, please click here.
(Please note: spot checks are often carried out on sites using hand held scanners to ensure the authenticity of the card. An invalid card or a card that doesn’t cover appropriately the job you are doing could see you being asked to leave the site.)
RED CSCS Card
Experienced Technician, Supervisor or Manager (Technical, Supervisor and Management)
The Red CSCS card is available to Supervisors and Managers with on the job experience – normally at least one year in the last three – but do not hold an NVQ or SVQ level 3, 4 or 5 and are not a member of an approved professional body.
To apply or renew the red CSCS card, please click here.
To Qualify for This Card, You Need To:
- Check to see if your job role is covered by CSCS occupations
- Pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment test
- Register for an NVQ or SVQ
- For supervisors: take the supervisors test
- For managers: take the managers and professionals test
If you need any further information, please feel free to contact us. The card is valid for three years and is non-renewable.
The card is issued on a temporary basis, whilst an NVQ or SVQ is being achieved. It is expected to be replaced by a skilled five-year card on achievement of NVQ or SVQ Level 3 or higher.
RED CSCS Card
You may be able to qualify for this card if you have achieved an NVQ or SQV level 3, or if you have completed an approved indentured apprenticeship (e.g. with NJCBI, BATJIC etc.) or an employer sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City and Guilds of London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate.
If you do not have these qualifications, you may apply for a skilled card if you are experienced in your job (see Experienced Worker Card for more information).
All applicants must pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test. For Advanced Craft occupations you should take the operative or the Specialist test depending on your occupation. To book the test please click here.
Gold CSCS Card
The gold CSCS 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. For those who do not have an NVQ or SVQ level 3, application is by the experienced manager card. CSCS has recently introduced the Profiled Route which is for highly competent supervisors.
Black CSCS Card
The black card is available for managerial occupations and is a replacement of the previously known ‘Platinum card’.
Achievement of an NVQ 6 is required to apply for this CSCS card.
Please note that there are specific revision materials for this test. To buy revision material please click here. All applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety & Environment Test. To book the test please click here.
Blue CSCS Card
You may be able to qualify for a blue skilled card if you have achieved an NVQ or SVQ level 2, or if you have completed an employer sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate.
If you do not have these qualifications, you may apply for a skilled card if you are experienced in your job (see Experienced Worker Card for more information). All applicants must pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test. To book the test, please click here.
All applicants must pass the construction health and safety test. For those who have completed the working at heights health and safety test, this can be endorsed on the card.
White / Yellow CSCS Card
Professionally Qualified Person
The white/yellow Professionally Qualified Person (PQP) card is for competence assessed members of CSCS approved Professional Bodies, such as ICE, CIOB, RICS and others.
In order to apply for a PQP card the applicant must:
- Pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test.
- Be able to provide the professional body membership number and level of membership along with a copy of a professional body membership certificate or card.
Alternatively, if the applicant does not possess a copy of the membership certificate or card, they can provide the name, membership number and correct number of someone of the same level or higher who is prepared to recommend them or supply a letter or email from the professional body confirming that they are a current, competence assessed member.
White / Yellow CSCS Card
Academically Qualified Person
This route is for those who have completed certain construction related degrees, HND’s, HNC’s, CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH diplomas. Users must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test. To book the test please click here.
NEBOSH qualification allows access to this card. This card is valid for five years.
To apply for this WHITE / YELLOW CSCS CARD please click here.
Yellow CSCS Card
Escorted Site Visitor
This card is for those who frequently visit a construction site but have no construction specific skill. This card is issued on a personal basis via the application form; users will need to take and pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety And Environment Test.
To apply for the YELLOW CSCS CARD please click here.
Please note: the issue of this card does not relieve the site managers from their legal obligations to ensure the health, safety and welfare of people entering their sites.
Do You Have Any Questions About the CSCS Cards?
Contact us now for more information on 0333 444018