All information of the trainee CSCS card is correct as of 26th May 2016
The Trainee Card is a CSCS card for trainee workers who are registered onto an accepted construction related qualification.
To apply for a Trainee CSCS card you must also complete and pass the Health Safety and Environment Test.
You must be able to provide proof of enrollment onto your qualification to satisfy CSCS. Your proof must include your full name, the full title and level of your qualification and the date of registration. You must have registered for your qualification in the last 2 years. The card is valid for five years and cannot be renewed.
Trainees who are enrolled on an NVQ or SVQ but have not yet achieved the qualification can access the CSCS Red card. Trainee cards are not renewable and are valid for three years.
If you are able to provide evidence of being currently enrolled in higher education for a recognised qualification in construction you can apply for this card. The card isn’t renewable and is valid for three years.
The changes have caused some confusion in the industry. They have allowed those attending to be accepted to apply for a CSCS trainee card if they have qualification on a course that is not based on a National Occupational Standard.
The SSSTS, SMSTS and NEBOSH are being mistaken as a qualification that meets the criteria. Therefore this is causing frustration from those who are trying to apply for a card.
To avoid any more confusion the majority of the construction industry would like non-National Occupational Standard qualifications to not be accepted.
As of 1st August 2016, the below changes to Trainee CSCS Card will be implemented.
For more information on which card will be the most relevant to you on completion take a look at “Which CSCS Card Do I Need?”
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