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What is a CSCS card and why do you need one

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme, CSCS, is the UK construction industry’s number one skills certification scheme. Many principal contractors require individuals to carry a CSCS card in order for them to access and operate within a building construction site environment. It acts as proof that the card holder has been officially trained in the health and safety of their respective trade and that they hold industry recognised qualifications.

There are many benefits to passing a CSCS test and obtaining your CSCS card. These include:

  • Open up new opportunities
  • Some construction companies will be looking to only use contractors with CSCS cards as it proves they have the right health and safety knowledge and are qualified to do the job.

  • Your proof of identification and qualifications
  • Your CSCS card not only shows proof of your identity but it also proves that you are a competent individual in your area of expertise based on your cards colour.

Accidents and mishaps on construction sites cost firms billions of pounds every year, so individuals need to be able to prove that they have a solid understanding of health and safety. Although it is currently not mandatory for workers to obtain a CSCS card the message from more and more construction firms is very clear: No CSCS card? No access on-site.

How to apply for a CSCS card

Before applying for a CSCS card you will need to decide which colour of card you specifically need for your occupation and level of training. Below is a summary of all the available cards:

GREEN - Basic Skills for general labourer
For CSCS card applicants who are not trainees and do not have any specific trade skill…
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BLUE – Semi Skilled Worker
In order to gain the CSCS Blue card for Skilled Worker you will need to have achieved an NVQ or SVQ level 2...
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GOLD - Skilled Worker and Supervisors
Applicants for the CSCS Gold Skilled Worker card must have achieved an NVQ or SVQ level 3, or have completed an approved indentured apprenticeship such as with NJCBI, BATJIC…
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BLACK - Senior Manager
Previously known as the Platinum Card this is for applicants who are managers on a construction site. You will need to have achieved an NVQ or SVQ level 4 or 5 in a relevant occupation…
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YELLOW/WHITE – Professionally Qualified Person (PQP)
This route is for those who have completed certain construction related degrees, HND’s, HNC’s, CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH diplomas…
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WHITE – Construction Related Occupation (CRO)
Applicants who do not fit into any other type of CSCS card would be legible for this card which covers construction related occupations not covered by the other categories of card…
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RED – Provisional
Applicants who are working through probationary periods whilst employers assess their suitability for employment…
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Next you will need to book a test at a CSCS card centre close to you. With CSCS card centres situated the length and breadth of the UK, you will be sure to find one that is nearby - see below for an extensive list of locations or callus on 020 7199 9800 today!

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