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How to get a Blue CSCS card without an NVQ

The process of acquiring some types CSCS cards can be confusing and you may find yourself lost in what you actually need in order to apply. Blue CSCS Skilled Worker cards are the best option for construction workers who are looking to take the next steps in their construction career, while also seeking to gain more responsibility when handling more technical tasks. 

What is a CSCS card? 

A CSCS card is a form of evidence that shows employers and contractors that you are proficient in health and safety knowledge when working on a construction site. Construction site safety is always at the forefront of any construction project, so having workers who are aware of the protocols can improve site safety across the sector drastically. 

The Blue CSCS Skilled Worker card is a card that is specialised for skilled workers who have experience in a role but may not have the qualifications yet to hold supervisor or managerial positions. 

Can I get a CSCS blue card without an NVQ? 

In short, yes you can. In order to successfully apply for a blue CSCS card, you usually have two options: 


  • Complete a construction related apprenticeship, an employer sponsored apprenticeship, a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate or a Trailblazer qualification that is approved by CSCS. 

So technically you can still get a blue CSCS card without an NVQ. However, regardless of what form of apprenticeship you may have, it is paramount that you complete a CITB Health, Safety & Environment test within the last 2 years of your blue CSCS card application


Getting a Blue CSCS card without an NVQ is possible but having a valid passed CITB test in the past 2 years is essential. 


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