CSCS cards come in a variety of different types, each one reflecting a different level of skill, knowledge and training related to working within the construction industry.
When starting in a career in the construction industry, it can seem a bit confusing to know which CSCS card you should be applying for. For those new to construction without any relevant qualifications, it is normal procedure to access the entry-level CSCS card, known as a Labourer Card. You don’t need to have any specific academic qualifications to apply for this card or have had any prior experience of working in the construction industry.
To qualify for the entry-level CSCS card or any of the other available CSCS cards, you will first need to have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test (CSCS Test) within the last 2 years. This is a standard test that assesses an individuals awareness of important safety features on a construction site, as well as what goes into making a productive and effective construction site.
CSCS training courses and tests are not expensive and they can be self-funded if you want to gain the CSCS card as an individual, or your employer can cover the cost of training for you.
For an employer applying on behalf of your employees, you will need to book them onto the CITB Health, Safety Environment Test which can be done on the CSCS website.