CSCS Card Types and Requirements

Applying for a CSCS Card

CSCS – the Construction Skills Certification Scheme – is a nationally-renowned health and safety qualification for those who work on construction sites. Holding this card is not only proof that you have the training needed to work safely on a site – it’s also an essential in many cases for you to gain work.

PASS LTD is a CITB test centre and is the perfect place to attend your health and safety training course and gain the right CSCS card for your working application.  The health and safety training you need will vary depending on the card you wish to apply for, so please call us for more information, or see below for recommended course routes.

Interested in applying for a card? See below for more information on the available cards and if you wish to apply, please follow these guidelines:

  • Candidates must prove they have taken a relevant health and safety course within the last 2 years. Please call us for advice on accepted qualifications
  • If you have not already sat a health and safety course, please call us for advice on the qualifications you need
  • If you have already passed a relevant health and safety course within the last 2 years, you can apply to take the CITB Health and Safety Test (£19.50+VAT = £23.40) and there will also be a charge of £30.00+VAT (£36) for the CSCS card
  • You will be issued with your relevant CSCS card after successfully taking the test
  • You must phone us to book your test – we can accomodate walk-ins but only if there are no other exams booked at that time. We will not turn you away, but you may have to wait for the examination room to become available
  • Candidates must arrive one hour before the test time as we have a booking-in process to go through
  • Each test lasts 45 minutes, with 50 multiple-choice questions
  • Candidates must bring 2 valid forms of photographic ID (passport and driving license)
  • If you are unsure about which card you require, please call us and we can advise on which is applicable

If you would like to apply for a CSCS card, or have any enquiries about which card is right for you, please call the training team directly on 01642 987 978 for more information and to book your place on a health and safety course.

Why are CSCS Cards Different Colours?

CSCS Cards

You may notice that the CSCS cards available are all different colours; the colour scheme actually refers to the level of skill that the person holding the card currently has.

  • Red CSCS Cards – these are for trainees, graduates or experienced workers with no current formal qualifications. To receive one of these cards, you will be likely completing a construction NVQ or equivalent training
  • Green CSCS Cards – these are for unskilled workers with an existing Construction NVQ Level One qualification
  • Blue CSCS Cards – identical to the green cards, but made for skilled/craft workers with a Construction NVQ Level Two qualification
  • Gold CSCS Cards – these cards are made for those with a construction level 3 NVQ (regularly held by skilled workers or supervisors)
  • Black CSCS Cards – for senior management (those who hold a construction NVQ level 4 or higher)

There are also several cards which don’t require qualifications or construction NVQs to be issued.

  • White/Yellow CSCS Cards – issued for professional qualified people with some health and safety knowledge
  • White/Grey CSCS Cards – for those involved with construction-related activities, but not neccesarilly construction work itself
  • Yellow CSCS Cards – for site visitors

Types of CSCS Card Available

Remember that the type of card you will need will depend entirely on your occuptation and/or the type of work you want to underake.

CSCS cards are available in a wide variety of types; this section outlines exactly what’s available, and how you can apply for each.


CSCS Labourer Card

CSCS Labourer Card

How to Apply: You must have done any of the following:

  • Passed the QCF Level One or SCQF Level 4 Aware in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment course
  • OR hold a valid Site Safety Plus Health and Safety Awareness Course certificate
  • OR complete the IOSH Working Safely course (must be achieved within three years prior to application)

All applicants MUST also pass the Operatives CITB Health Safety and Environment test.

Duration: this card is valid for five years


 CSCS Basic Skills Card

CSCS Basic Skills Card

How to Apply: You must have done any of the following:

  • Achieved a construction-related NVQ or SVQ Level 1
  • OR completed a regulated constriction-related award, certificate or diploma which is recognised by the CSCS

All applications must also pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test. You should take either the Operative or Specialist test depending on what your occupation is.

Duration: this card is valid for five years and can be renewed by applying for a new card


CSCS Apprentice Card

CSCS Apprentice Card

How to Apply: available to anyone who is registed on a recognised construction apprenticeship framework.

Note: this card is only valid for four years and cannot be renewed after expiry. You will not have to take the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test if you have met the Apprenticeship Managing Agency’s health and safety requirements before applying for the card.


CSCS Experienced Technical, Supervisor or Manager Card

Experienced Technical CSCS Card

How to Apply: you must be a technical professional, supervisor or manager who has on-the-job experience (at least one year of experience in the last three years), but you do not currently hold a construction-related NVQ qualification or SVQ qualification at level 3, 4 or 5 (also applies to construction-related QCF qualifications at level 6 or 7).

You should also not currently be a member of any approved Professional Body.

All candidates must have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test within the past two years. For supervisor roles you should take the Supervisors test, while Managers should take the Manager/Professionals Test.

Note: card is valid for a period of three years and cannot be renewed. This card is designed to be issued on a temporary basis while you work towards a related NVQ or SVQ. You will be expected to pass your qualification and replace this with a skilled five year card.


Experienced Worker CSCS Card

Experienced Worker CSCS Card

How to Apply: as this is a red card, it is only available to those without a formal qualification but with relevant on-the-job work experience.

All applicants must also pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test within the past two years and be registered for the relevant construction-related NVQ or SVQ.

Note: this card is only valid one one year and cannot be renewed. You are expected to be working towards a construction-related QCF qualification while holding this card, with the aim of replacing this card with a Skilled five year card after completion.

This card cannot be replaced by a Labourer or Professional card.


Trainee CSCS Card

Trainee Craft and Operative CSCS Card

How to Apply: this card is only available to those who are trainee within the construction sector and are currently registed for an NVQ or SVQ. It’s also possible to be registered or have achieved a construction award, but you are not currently a holder of the full NVQ or SVQ qualification.

The card is valid of three years and cannot be renewed.

Those applying for this card are expected to achieve the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test qualification at the relevant level for their occupation or have attended a 1-day Health and Safety Awareness course (copy of certificate required when applying).

Note: The rules on Trainee (craft and operative) cards will change on 1st August 2016. For more information click here.


Skilled Worker

Skilled Worker CSCS Card

How to Apply: This card is available to you if the meet either of the following requirements:

  • You currently own a construction-related NVQ or SVQ at Level 2
  • OR you have completed an employer-sponsored apprenticeship which included a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate

Note: you will also be expected to have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test before applying for this card.

The card is valid for five years.


Advanced Craft CSCS Card

Advanced Craft CSCS Card

How to Apply: this card is available if you meet ANY of these requirements.

  • You have achieved a construction-related NVQ or SVQ at level 3
  • You have completed an approved indentured apprenticeship (e.g. with NJCBI, BATJIC etc)
  • You have completed an employer-sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City and Guilds London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate

Note: all applicants for this card must also pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environent Test.


Supervisory CSCS Card

Supervisory CSCS Card

How to Apply: you must work as a supervisor within the construction industry and have either of these:

  • Construction-related supervisory qualification (NVQ or SVQ) at Level 4
  • Hold a pre-existing construction-related supervisory NVQ qualification at level 3

Note: applicants must also pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test


Manager CSCS Card

manager CSCS Card

How to Apply: this card is specifically available for managers who meet the following requirements:

  • Construction-related NVQ or SVQ at levels 5, 6 or 7 in a relevant construction management level qualification
  • You already hold a pre-existing NVQ level 4 in construction managements

Note: applicants must also pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test


Academically Qualified Person CSCS Card

Academically Qualified CSCS Card

How to Apply: available to those who have completed certain construction related degrees such as HNDs, HNCs, CIOB certificates and NEBOSH diplomas.

The full list of qualifications accepted can be found here.

Note: applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test to be eligible for this card.


Construction-Related Occupation (CRO) CSCS Card

CRO CSCS Card

How to Apply: the CRO card is for those working on construction who are not covered by any other cards.

This card is temporary and will expire on 30th September 2017.

  • From 1st October 2015 you will be expected to register for a nationally recognised construction related qualification before the card expires
  • Only one occupation will be displayed on the CRO card
  • CSCS will stop issuing CRO cards from 31st March 2017

Note: all applicants must also pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test.


Professionally Qualified Person CSCS Card

Professionally Qualified CSCS Card

How to Apply: this card is made for competence-assessed members of CSCS-approved Professional Bodies and is valid for five years.

You’ll also be expected to pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test.

Note: this card will require you to present a copy of your current professional body membership certificate or card, or for you to supply a letter/email from the professional body confirming that you are a current, competence-assessed member.


Site Visitor CSCS Card

Site Visitor CSCS Card

How to Apply: this card has no specific requirements apart from passing the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment Test. The card is made for visitors who frequently are on-site, but don’t have specific construction-related qualifications.

Note: it is the site manager’s responsibility to ensure the health, safety and wellfare of all site visitors in line with all legal requirements.


Provisional CSCS Card

Provisional CSCS Card

How to Apply: the provisional CSCS card is made for those who fit into the following criteria:

  • You are working through a probationary period while employers assess your suitability for full-time work
  • You are underoing supervised work experience (aged 16+)
  • You are working as a labourer but have not yet completed a recognised qualification for a labourer card and haven’t applied for other CSCS cards

Note: this card lasts for six months and cannot be renewed. Before it expires you will be expected to achieve or be registered for a recongised construction qualification and apply for an appropriate CSCS card for the work you are completing.