How Do I Get a CSCS Card?
For each card, you need a specific qualification depending on what you are doing onsite. If you are working as a general labourer, for example, you will need to undertake, as a minimum, the Level 1 Health and Safety Awareness Course (CSCS).
This is usually a one day course that covers issues such as health and safety in the workplace, awareness of typical hazards in construction and has units on operating at height and occupational health.
For many other construction site jobs, you will require further qualifications, most notably NVQs that relate to the area you work in.
For example, a CSCS gold card is aimed at skilled workers or supervisors who have a craft level NVQ or NVQ level 3 respectively. Courses for these can vary but usually last between 8 and 12 weeks.