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How to renew a black CSCS card in London

How to renew a black CSCS card in London

CSCS card renewal is an essential part of any construction workers career with most CSCS cards only being valid for no more than 5 years, the same case applies to the black CSCS card. If you attempt to gain access on-site with an expired CSCS card, regardless of the qualifications and experience you possess, you will be denied access. This article will discuss how to renew a black CSCS card, detailing what a black CSCS card is, as well as the different ways you can renew the card. 

What is a CSCS card? 

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) was put in place to provide construction workers a means to prove that they are aware of the health and safety regulations when working on a construction site. Holding a CSCS card means you have gone through the proper channels to achieve the relevant qualifications and training for the specific job you have on a construction project, helping improve the standards of the UK construction industry.  

As of now, CSCS cards are not a legislative requirement, so it is possible to still gain access without one; it all depends on the principal contractor involved. However, most contractors require workers to hold a CSCS card. 

What is a black CSCS card? 

The black CSCS card is one of the highest-level cards available to both workers in managerial roles and technical occupations. As an advanced level card, it shows that the holder has the experience and knowledge to be a manager in construction, who can operate in line with the health and safety information. Even if you have held a management role or have years of experience and work at a senior level, you still will have to prove you are competent on-site. 

How can I renew a black CSCS card? 

Before your CSCS card renewal, it is important to have an up-to-date managers and professionals (MAP) CITB Health, Safety and Environment test. This test proves you are aware of the safety precautions that ensure worker safety on-site. The MAP test requires a passing mark of 46/50, with a test duration of 45 minutes. Once having a valid MAP test, you can renew via 2 options:  

By Phone: 

You can renew your black CSCS card by phone, calling us at 020 7199 9800. From here, you will be met with one of our experienced administrators at Construction Helpline who will suggest the appropriate course of action for you to renew your black CSCS card. 

Via Online: 

One of our values as a leading construction training company in the UK is to help digitise construction, ushering in the next generation of construction workers. Therefore, we provide you with the option to renew your black CSCS card online, from any device, anywhere and anytime. 


With options being available by phone and via online, renewing a black CSCS card is not just limited to London but can be done across the UK. Adapting to modern technology and moving away from ‘traditional’ methods increases the reach for construction workers anywhere to be able to get the CSCS card they need. 


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