Which CSCS Card Should I Apply For?
Are you looking to apply for a CSCS Card?
Please take a look below at the different types of CSCS card available, who they are for and how to get them.
Labourer (Green CSCS Card)
The Green Labourer Card is the basic CSCS card you will need to get on a construction site. To obtain the card, you must pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test in the last 2 years and complete one of the below level 1 classroom courses.
The Green Labourer CSCS card is valid for 5 years, and once it has expired must be renewed.
If you enrol on a recognised apprenticeship, this card applies to you. You cannot renew the card afters the lifespan of 4 years and 6 months. To apply for the card, you must provide CSCS with proof of your apprenticeship and complete the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test. You may be exempt from taking the test if you have already completed the CITB Health and Safety Awareness.
Experienced Technical, Supervisor or Manager Card
To obtain this card, you need to fall under the following criteria:
- Must not have achieved an NVQ Level 3, 4 or 5
- Must not have achieved an NVQ Level 6 or 7
- On the job experience as a Supervisor or Manager
- Not a member of a Professional Body
- Enrolled on to a Construction NVQ
After 3 years, the card expires and is then unrenewable. You will only hold the card temporarily whilst you complete your NVQ. Depending on the level of your occupation, you should take the relevant test. Find out which test you should take here.
Experienced Worker Card
To gain this card, you need to be enrolled on a Construction NVQ Level 2 or above and have job experience. After one year, the card will expire and cannot be renewed. You must also complete the relevant CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test depending on your occupation level.
If you are a trainee and are enrolled on a qualification that will lead to a skilled CSCS card (most commonly NVQ), the Trainee Card is for you. CSCS WILL NOT BE ACCEPT the below qualifications:
You also must complete the relevant CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test. After 5 years of you obtaining your card, you cannot renew it.
Skilled Worker (Blue CSCS Card)
The Skilled Worker card expires after 5 years.
Advanced Craft CSCS Card
To obtain the Advanced Craft CSCS card, you must have achieved a Level 3 NVQ or higher in your job role. You must have also completed the relevant CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test for your occupation level. Advanced Card applicants would, in most cases, take the Operative or the Specialist test.
Supervisory (Gold CSCS Card)
You need to renew your Supervisory card after 5 years.
Manager (Black CSCS Card)
If you are in a management role in the construction industry, this is the relevant CSCS card. You will obtain the card upon completion of a Level 5, 6 or 7 Construction Management NVQ. The card is also applicable if you currently hold a pre-existing Level 4 Construction Management NVQ. You must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test to get this card.
You need to renew your Manager card after 5 years.
Academically Qualified Person (White CSCS Card)
To apply for this card, you need to provide CSCS with a copy of the relevant construction degree/certificate. To find out more, take a look here.
You also need to complete the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test, which is valid for 5 years.
Construction Site Visitor Card
Newly issued visitor cards have a fixed expiry date of 31st August 2020. CSCS will stop issuing the card from 28th February 2020.
If you regularly visit a construction site and don’t hold a specific construction-related skill, you need a Site Visitors Card. To get this card, you are still required to complete the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment Test.
The card’s lifespan is 5 years and once it expires needs to be renewed.
Professionally Qualified Person Card
Your card will last 5 years and can be renewed by supplying CSCS with a letter from your professional body confirming your membership.
You are only suitable to apply for a provisional card if you have never held a CSCS card before. Typical candidates for this card would be working through a probationary period in their occupation or undergoing work experience on-site.
To gain the card, you need to complete the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test. You cannot renew the card after its 6-month expiry. If you hold this card, you must also ensure that you are enrolled on a relevant construction qualification and have applied for the relevant CSCS card.
CSCS NO LONGER ISSUE THE BELOW CARDS
Trainee (craft and operative) Card / Trainee (technical, supervisory and management) Card
Both cards stopped being issued by CSCS in August 2016. If you are a Trainee, you will need to apply for the Trainee Card (see above).
Construction Site Operative Card (CSO)
The old CSCS Green Card stopped being issued in July 2014. If you are a previous holder of this card and need to renew, you will now need to apply for the Green Labourer Card. Find out how here.
Construction Related Occupation Card (CRO)
The CRO card stopped being issued in April 2017. CSCS designed the card for those who don’t fall under any other CSCS Card category. If your CRO card is set to expire, you will need to use the CSCS card finder to see which card you need to apply for is. Find out more here.
What is a EUSR Card?
The EUSR Card is the CPCS, CSCS equivalent for utility workers. Find out more about the card here.Back to News View Our Courses