Types of CSCS Cards

CSCS Card Types

A CSCS card is becoming increasingly mandatory in order for an individual to potentially 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 an industry recognised qualification.

There are many different CSCS card types so it is important to remember that failure to have the correct card for your skill level or trade could result in you being unable to get work on a safe, professionally run construction site.  Please be aware that spot checks are often carried out on sites using handheld scanners to ensure the authenticity of the card. An invalid card or a card that does not cover the job that you are doing could see you being asked to leave the site immediately.

Below is a summary of all the available CSCS cards

GREEN CSCS Card – Basic Skills for general labourer

For CSCS card applicants who are not trainees and do not have any specific trade skill…read more

BLUE CSCS Card –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…read more

GOLD CSCS Card – 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…read more

BLACK CSCS Card- 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…read more

YELLOW/WHITE CSCS Card– 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…read more

WHITE  CSCS Card– Construction Related Occupation (CRO)

Applicants who do not fit into any other type of CSCS card would be eligiblefor this card which covers construction related occupations not covered by the other categories of card…read more

RED CSCS Card– Provisional

Applicants who are working through probationary periods whilst employers assess their suitability for employment…read more

For you to be eligible for a CSCS card, individuals must first of all pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test with a score of at least 45/50 correct answers. Prospective candidates should check the requirements of the CSCS cards that they are applying for as certain CSCS courses and NVQs are required. The knowledgeable team here at Construction Helpline can advise you on everything you need to know, just call us on 020 7199 9800 (lines are open from Mon to Fri: 8am to 6:30pm and Sat: 9am to 4pm).


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