CSCS Test

CSCS TEST (Health Safety and Environment Test)

The CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) test is a fundamental test which provides core knowledge of health and safety on a construction site. The test not only enhances your knowledge in health and safety, but also gives you the right to have a CSCS card which shows you have the knowledge to practice your occupation on site both safely and efficiently. There are a few different types of CSCS tests which can be taken depending upon your occupation and job role in construction.

The test duration is 45 minutes in which 50 multiple choice questions have to be completed.

All tests are split into the following components:

  • 38 questions on general knowledge of health and safety issues
  • 12 case study questions about how to behave safely on site

Types of Health safety and Environment Tests

  • Operative test which focuses on health, safety, environment, high risk activities, legal aspects and management.
  • Specialist Test which along with multiple choice questions and case studies will need to choose need to answer specialist knowledge questions on their appropriate subject. These are:
    • Supervisory
    • Plumbing or gas
    • Tunneling
    • Highway works
    • HVACR - Pipefitting and welding
    • HVACR - Heating and plumbing services
    • HVACR - Refrigeration and air conditioning
    • HVACR - Ductwork
    • HVACR - Services and facilities maintenance
    • Demolition
    • Specialist work at height
    • Lifts and escalators
  • Managers and Professionals Test along with multiple choice questions and case studies will need to answer specialist knowledge questions on their appropriate subject. These are:
    • Highway works
    • Demolition
    • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
    • Plumbing or gas

# Card Type Test Name
Red trainee card Red trainee card Operatives test
Red Experienced worker (Temporary card) Red Experienced worker (Temporary card) Operatives test
Red Experienced technician, supervisor or manager Red Experienced technician, supervisor or manager Specialist test OR Managers & Professional test
Red trainee (technical,supervisory or management) Red trainee (technical,supervisory or management) Operatives test
Blue Skilled worker Blue Skilled worker Operatives test
Black Manager Card Black Manager Card Managers & professional test
Yellow Construction Site Visitor Card Yellow Construction Site Visitor Card Operatives test
Gold Advanced Craft supervisory Gold Advanced Craft supervisory Operatives OR Specialist test
Grey Professionally qualified person Grey Professionally qualified person Managers & Professional test
Grey Construction related occupation Grey Construction related occupation Operative OR Specialist test
Green Construction Site Operative Green Construction Site Operative Operative test
(Please note if one or more tests are listed for a particular card you need to choose the test which matches your occupation e.g. for Supervisory role candidates need to do a Specialist test for Supervisors.)