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CSCS Skilled Worker Cards

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The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) operates within the UK construction industry and issues cards to construction workers with the appropriate qualifications for their roles.

A CSCS card proves that the card holder is fully qualified in their construction trade and has passed the mandatory health and safety test.

Most major construction companies will require their employees or contractors to own a CSCS card before they can work on site.

There are a variety of CSCS Cards, please read below the requirements needed to obtain each card.

Skilled Worker Card

Card: CSCS Skilled Worker Card
Colour: Blue
Valid For: Five Years

The CSCS Skilled Worker card is blue in colour and for skilled construction workers who have achieved a trade-specific NVQ or SVQ Level 2 and passed the CITB Health, Safety & Environment test.

CSCS Skilled Worker Card

Labourer Card

Card: CSCS Labourer Card
Colour: Green
Valid For: Five Years

The CSCS Labourer card is red in colour and for all construction operatives who do not have a specialised trade. An NVQ is not required for this card but you do need to pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment test. Additionally one of the following courses is required:

CSCS Labourer Card

Experienced Worker Card

Card: CSCS Experienced Worker Card
Colour: Red
Valid For: 1 Year

The CSCS Experienced Worker card is red in colour and temporary for experienced construction workers who are working towards their NVQ or SVQ qualification.

CSCS Experienced Worker Card

Apprentice Card

Card: CSCS Apprentice Card
Colour: Red
Valid For: 4.5 Years

The CSCS Apprentice card is red in colour and for construction industry trainees who are enrolled as an apprentice and working towards their NVQ or SVQ. To apply for this card you must also pass either the CITB Health, Safety & Environment test or attend the Health & Safety Awareness one day course.

CSCS Apprentice Card

Advanced Craft Card

Card: CSCS Advanced Craft Card
Colour: Gold
Valid For: 5 Years

The CSCS Advanced Craft card is gold in colour and a step up from the blue skilled worker card. This is designed for workers who have gained a Level 3 NVQ or SVQ. Applicants also need to pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment test.

CSCS Advanced Craft Card

Supervisory Card

Card: CSCS Supervisory Card
Colour: Gold
Valid For: 5 Years

The CSCS Supervisory card is gold in colour and for construction site supervisors who have completed a supervisory NVQ or SVQ at level 3 or 4 and have passed the Supervisory CITB Health, Safety & Environment test.

CSCS Supervisory Card

Manager Card

Card: CSCS Manager Card
Colour: Gold
Valid For: 5 Years

The CSCS Manager card is black in colour and for construction site managers who have achieved an NVQ level 4 to 7 management qualification and have passed the Managers & Professionals CITB Health, Safety & Environment test.

CSCS Manager Card
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