Currently, there are 13 different CSCS card types, although this may change in the future as previous CSCS cards have been phased out, such as the yellow visitor card, or have been replaced by new cards.
The current cards come in seven different colours which is a simple way to reflect the skill level, qualifications, and occupation of a cardholder. The colours start with the lower-skilled occupations with the Green and Red CSCS cards, which are the cards used by entry-level workers who have a qualification in construction and have passed the required CSCS Test.
As each construction worker increases their skill and knowledge level, and gain more qualifications, the colour of their CSCS card will change to reflect this. So, for example, the card colour will change in the following order:
- Green and Red entry-level CSCS cards
- Blue, Gold and then Black cards for manager level
- White cards are for an academically or professionally qualified person
Up until Feb 2020, there were also yellow CSCS cards for construction site visitors to a construction site who are not qualified construction workers. For example property owners or company directors visiting the site. As these cards have now been phased out, it is the responsibility of the site manager or supervisor to ensure site visitors are inducted and kept safe while on site.
Let’s take a deeper look at each card and who they are best suited to: