CSCS Card

CSCS Cards and You: Why you need the right CSCS card!

Employers are increasingly making the holding of CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards a mandatory practise for their sites. This helps them and their clients be reassured that health and safety practises are not only understood but also adhered to.

You should also be aware of two things:

  • Firstly, regular checks are carried out on CSCS card holders either by using a hand held scanner or checking a central database to ensure the card is valid.
  • Secondly, if you are hold the wrong type of card for the type of job you are doing, for example, if you have a CSCS Green card and are in fact a painter, plasterer or supervisor you may find that you are asked to leave the site.

Remember, to qualify for a FREE CSCS card from Construction Helpline you need to:


How to get a CSCS card:

Find out the CSCS Card suitable to your qualification/expertise and apply for a CSCS Card. If you are scratching your head on how to secure a CSCS Card, help is at hand. Just give us a call on 0207 199 9800 or you can even book online after choosing among 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 get CSCS Card.

Check the requirements for CSCS Card you are applying for. CSCS Courses or NVQs are required in certain cards.

How do I renew CSCS Card?

Once you have a CSCS card, it is valid for 5 years; however trainee cards may be valid for 1 or 3 years. You have a one year window to renew your CSCS card; from 6 months prior to expiry to 6 months after that. Make sure you do it within this window or this will just make things extremely difficult for you later on.

Once your card expires you will have to resit for 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

Any queries? Contact us now for more information on 0207 199 9800 (Lines are open from Mon to Fri: 8am to 6:30pm pm and Sat: 9am to 4pm)

Types of CSCS Cards

Having a CSCS card is now a mandatory requirement for all on-site workers, meaning that having the card gives the holder access to all construction sites.
Failure to have a card could result in you being unlikely to get work on a properly run construction site. If you need to apply for CSCS card urgently 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.)

CSCS Cards

  • RED CSCS CARD - EXPERIENCED
  • GREEN CSCS CARD
  • GOLD CSCS CARD
  • BLACK CSCS CARD - MANAGER
  • RED CSCS CARD - TRAINEE
  • BLUE CSCS CARD
  • WHITE/YELLOW CSCS CARD
  • WHITE/YELLOW CSCS CARD - Academically Qualified Person
  • WHITE/GREY CSCS CARD
  • YELLOW CSCS CARD
  • Provisional CSCS Red Card