Everything You Need to Know About CSCS Cards

Oct 3, 2022

Working within construction, whether that be as a builder, roofer or after building cleaner, it is vital you have evidence to prove your competency on site. If this proof can not be shown, then you will be unable to get on site to complete your job. CSCS cards help workers prove their capabilities and range in types for different roles. CSCS cards are an industry wide proof of qualification to proof workers are qualified for their job role.

What does CSCS stand for?

CSCS stands for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. CSCS are vital in establishing safe working practise on building sites across the UK. The scheme is recognised across all the major construction contractors in the country. The card showcases that the individual through a combination of training and experience, has proven to perform the job role safely and effectively.

What is a CSCS card?

CSCS cards are a vital tool to ensure those working on any construction sites are fully qualified and trained for their job role. These cards validate a construction worker as they prove they are safe to work within their role on a construction site. However, holding a CSCS card is not a legal requirement.

How do I get a CSCS card?

Firstly, workers must have completed the necessary training and have the right qualifications for the job they are undertaking. This will vary depending on the card they are applying for, but most CSCS cards require workers to have completed, or at least enrolled, on a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). To check if CSCS accepts your qualification, you can use the CSCS Card Finder. Select ‘Search by qualification’, type in your qualification and see if your qualification appears.

Secondly, the CITB Health Safety and Environment test will need to be completed. This ensures that workers are aware of the basics in protecting themselves and others on construction sites. Once complete you will need the test ID number.

Once completed all the necessary training, you can apply to get your card from CSCS.

What are the different types of CSCS card?

CSCS cards come in a range of different colours which show the experience, qualifications, and seniority level of the worker. The type of card you can access depends upon your qualifications. The more advanced the job, the higher level of card that is required.

How much does a CSCS card cost?

The standard fee for a CSCS card is £36. This is the same if a replacement card is needed or when you renew the card after 5 years. However, this price does not include the cost of achieving your NVQ qualification. Additionally, applicants will also need to have completed a CITB Health Safety and Environment within the past two years. This test costs £22.50.

How Do I Renew A CSCS Card?

Once you have a CSCS card, it is valid for 5 years. Trainee cards however will only be valid for 1 to 3 years. You will need to renew your card prior to the expiry date to avoid complications.