Which CSCS Card Do I Need?

CSCS Card Types

FOR AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS INFORMATION WITH ALL THE MOST RECENT CSCS CARD CHANGES CLICK HERE.

If you are wondering which CSCS Card you should be applying for please read this information provided by CSCS.

This information is accurate from 19/07/2017

LABOURER

labourer cscs cardYou can apply for this CSCS Card if you have either: 

Succeed in completing the SCQF Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. To discover how to partake in this award contact a local college, training centre or job. They will recommend the relevant training availability. Funding and pricing are available.  You will need to contact your local Training Centre which is approved by Cskills Awards City & Guilds and Pearson.

The applicant will have an up to date Site Safety Plus Health and Safety Awareness Course or a Health and Safety in a Construction Environment certificate. Another option is to complete the IOSH Working Safely course. All applicants must also pass the operatives CITB Health Safety & Environment test.

This card is valid for five years.
3B Training provides both of the above courses for £129+VAT.

APPRENTICE

Apprentice CSCS CardsThis CSCS Card is designed for people who are assigned to an identified apprenticeship scheme.

This card is valid for four years and six months.

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. Please note they must be registered with a qualification.

EXPERIENCED TECHNICAL, SUPERVISOR OR MANAGER

Experienced Supervisor Manager CSCS CardThis CSCS Card is available to Supervisors and Managers. They will need to have an occupational work experience. The person will need to not have achieved a construction related NVQ or SVQ level 3, 4 or 5 (or construction related QCF Level 6 or 7). They can not a member of an approved Professional Body.

The card is valid for three years and cannot be renewed.  It is issued as a temporary card. The card will stay temporary whilst a Construction related NVQ or SVQ is being achieved. It is expected to be replaced by a skilled five-year card on the achievement of a Construction related NVQ or SVQ Level 3 or higher.

All applicants must be registered for the relevant Construction related NVQ or SVQ and have passed the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test. This needs to be done within the past two years. For Supervisor job roles you should take the Supervisors test and for Manager job role you should take the Managers and Professionals test.

EXPERIENCED WORKER

Experienced Worker CSCS cardThis CSCS Card is available to workers with on the job experience.

The card is valid for one year and cannot be renewed. The Experienced Worker card is issued on a temporary basis. This card is temporary while a Construction Related NVQ or SVQ is being achieved. It is expected to be replaced by a skilled five-year card on the achievement of a Construction Related NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or higher.

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

All applicants must have passed the CITB Operatives Health, Safety & Environment Test within the past two years. They must be registered for the relevant Construction Related NVQ or SVQ. Applicants must be able to show evidence of registration onto a qualification.

TRAINEE

Trainee CSCS cardThis CSCS Card is available if you are a trainee and are registered for a qualification that leads to a registered qualification, e.g. NVQ or SVQ  The trainee must have not yet achieved an NVQ or SVQ. The SSSTS, SMSTS or NEBOSH General do not fall under this category.

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

Prior to applying for the card applicants are required to have achieved the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.

SKILLED WORKER

skilled worker cscs cardYou can apply for this CSCS 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 of London Institute Craft 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. Click here for further details on the Experienced Workers card.

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

This card is valid for five years.

BLUE CARD – CRAFT UNIT LEVEL

This card is for occupations where a full construction related NVQ or SVQ does not exist, but you have passed trade specific units.

This card is valid for five years.

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

ADVANCED CRAFT

gold cscs cardThis CSCS Card is available if you have either

Achieved a Construction Related NVQ or SVQ level 3 or

You have completed an approved indentured apprenticeship (e.g.with NJCBI, BATJIC etc.) or

Completed an employer-sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City and Guilds of London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate.

This card is valid for five years.

All applicants must pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test.  For Advanced Craft occupations, you should take the Operative or the Specialist test depending what your occupation is.  For Supervisory occupations, you should take the Supervisors test.

MANAGER

black cscs cardThis CSCS Card is available for manager occupations subject to:

Achievement of a Construction related NVQ/SVQ levels 4, 5, (or Construction related QCF Level 6 or 7) in the relevant occupation.

This card is valid for five years

All applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test.

ACADEMICALLY QUALIFIED PERSON

silver cscs cardThis CSCS Card is available to people who have completed certain construction-related degrees, HND’s, HNC’s, CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH diplomas. 

This card is valid for five years.

All applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test

PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED PERSON

silver cscs card in LiverpoolThis card is available to competence assessed members of CSCS approved Professional Bodies.

This card is valid for five years.

All applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test.

When you apply for this card you will need to provide your professional body membership number,  level of membership along with a copy of your professional body membership certificate or card.

CONSTRUCTION SITE VISITOR

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

This card is valid for five years.

All applicants must pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment Test.

The issue of this card does not relieve the site managers from their legal obligation to ensure the health, safety and welfare of people entering their sites.

PROVISIONAL

provisional cscs cardThis card is for people who are:

Delegates who are working through probationary periods while employers assess their suitability for employment.

Undergoing supervised work experience (aged 16+)

Working as a labourer but not yet completed a recognised qualification for a labourer card and not previously applied for a CSCS card

Applicants must have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the past two years.

This card lasts for six months and is not renewable.  Before it expires Provisional cardholders must achieve or be registered for a recognised construction related qualification and apply for the appropriate CSCS card for their job.

CONSTRUCTION SITE OPERATIVE (CSO)

CSO cscs cardPlease note that the Construction Site Operative (CSO) green card is no longer available. 

If you are a labourer you should apply for this card.  If you are not a labourer please use the cardfinder to find out which card you should apply for.

CONSTRUCTION RELATED OCCUPATION (CRO)

construction related occupation cscs card

Please note this card is no longer being issued. If your card is due to expire; you will need to look for a different card type.

This CSCS Card is available to people working in construction-related occupations not covered by other CSCS cards.  To check whether your occupation is covered visit our cardfinder or check the list of construction-related occupations not covered by the other card categories.

This card is valid for five years.

All applicants must pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test.

TRAINEE (TECHNICAL, SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT)

CSCS Card in Wigan

Please note that this card is no longer being issued. If you are a trainee you will need to apply for the regular “Trainee Card”.

This CSCS Card is available if you can provide evidence of current registration with a further/higher education college or university for a nationally recognized construction related qualification.

The card is valid for three years and can be renewed for a further three years on application. All applicants must pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment test.

TRAINEE (CRAFT AND OPERATIVE)

Please note that this card is no longer being issued. If you are a trainee you will need to apply for the regular “Trainee Card”.

Trainee CSCS cardThis CSCS Card is available if you are a trainee and are registered for an NVQ or SVQ (or if you are registered for or have achieved a Construction Award). The trainee must have not yet achieved an NVQ or SVQ.

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

Prior to applying for the card applicants are required to have achieved either the CITB Health, safety and environment test at the relevant level for their occupation or have attended a 1-day Health and Safety Awareness Course (a copy of the certificate will be required with the application).

 

 

 

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