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What is a Red CSCS card?

What is a Red CSCS card?

The red provisional CSCS card is essentially a temporary card, for those who work on construction sites. It is a way to show evidence to employers that red provisional CSCS cardholders are indeed working towards qualifications that are relevant to the job which requires them to work on-site. Red provisional CSCS cardholders are usually trainee/junior members of the team, who are often working in their probationary period where employers typically assess their suitability for full-time employment in construction. 

Who is the red provisional CSCS card for? 

The red provisional CSCS card is only open to those who have never held a provisional card before.  

  • The red provisional CSCS card lasts from six months to five years and is not renewable.  
  • Applicants to the red provisional CSCS card scheme must have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last two years before making an application. When you do get your red provisional CSCS card, it’ll show an expiry date. 

Is the CTIB test hard? 

Thousands of candidates pass the CITB test every year at the Construction Helpline. Proper planning and preparation will increase your chances of success. 

What happens when my red provisional CSCS card expires? 

It is important for holders of the red provisional CSCS card to have achieved or be registered for a recognised construction-related qualification before it expires. You must also apply for the most appropriate CSCS card that’s relevant to your role before your red CSCS card expires. 

What is the highest level of CSCS card? 

The PQP card is the highest level of CSCS certification – mainly reserved for managerial and leadership position holders who are also qualified members of an approved professional body. Typically, PQP cardholders have the necessary skills and knowledge to work on construction site without special supervision. 

Can I get a CSCS card with no qualifications? 

The only formal requirement is to have passed the CITB Health Safety and Environment test within the last two years before you can make an application for a red CSCS card. 

How do I get a CSCS provisional card? 

Simply give us a call on 0333 344 7657, visit our CSCS card page on our website or email us at [email protected]. We’re happy to assist you with any matters concerning CSCS cards. 

Are CSCS cards mandatory? 

It is not a legal requirement to hold a valid and in date CSCS card. However, many employers in the UK will ask for a valid and in date CSCS card before granting any personnel access to the site, and the permission to work at a busy construction site. Having a valid and up to date CSCS card also provides employers reassurance that those who are working on a construction site have the appropriate qualifications, training, health and safety knowledge to do the job safely (CSCS).  

How do I book a CSCS test? 

Booking a CSCS test can be done online through our website or by calling us on 0333 344 7657. You should be able to get an appointment for your CSCS test within two weeks. When you do make a booking, available test dates and times at your chosen CSCS test centre will be made available to you where you can then book a CSCS test immediately. 


Applying and working towards a red provisional CSCS card marks the start of a promising career in construction. Although holding a valid and in date red CSCS is not a mandatory requirement, many UK employers will ask for one as evidence that you’re serious in learning the ropes at a busy construction site. The Construction Helpline is the UK’s No. 1 platform for CSCS cards and tests. We offer the CITB test which is a core requirement before you can apply to the red provisional CSCS card scheme. An array of CSCS cards is also available on our website once you’re ready to progress in your career or make an application – call 0333 344 7657 to discuss how we can help. 


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