The CSCS or Construction Skills Certification Scheme was setup in 1995 by the UK Government to both reduce accidents and to better on site efficiency on construction sites. It covers a total of 220 occupations and it is the largest scheme in the construction industry.
How to get a CSCS Card
To get your card there is a few things you will need to do first. You will need to first fill out the application form, then sit and pass a Heath, Safety and Environment test, once these have been complete you will be able to sit the CSCS test itself.
Once you have completed these steps you will be added to the database that contains the details of the all the tradesmen that have completed the necessary competence that is required for working in the construction industry. It is mandatory to have a CSCS card if you have chosen a career in the construction industry.
About the test
Basically the test is to assess the skill and knowledge of the worker in the construction industry, along with testing the individuals on different safety standards. Knowledge of these safety standards is essential to ensure the safety of the employees as well as any other people that may be present on construction sites.
The Types of CSCS Cards
There are many different types of cards you can apply for and it all depends on the occupation you will be applying for and the qualifications you have in the construction industry, there are around 13 different types of cards you can apply for, do not fear though you will be given guidance on which card is right for you when you go through the application.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme is designed to improve competency among workers and at the same time, equip them with basic health and safety knowledge in order to carry out a safe working environment. Once the worker passed the relevant Health, Safety and Environment Test, a corresponding colour-coded card will be issued depending on the skills and occupation.
The different CSCS Card Types are the following:
- Yellow, Site Visitor – This card is for those who frequently visit the site but have no construction skills.
- Green, Construction Site Operative – This is for those who have basic site skills and achieved N/SVQ Level 1 or employer’s recommendation.
- White/Yellow, Professionally Qualified Person – This card for those who are members of CSCS-approved professional bodies.
- White/Grey, Construction-Related Occupation – This card is for workers who perform construction-related occupations but are not covered by any of the card categories available.
- Gold, Advanced Craft / Supervisory – This is for workers who achieved a Level 3 S/NVQ or have completed an indentured apprenticeship or employer-approved apprenticeship with City and Guilds of London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate.
- Blue, Skilled Worker – If you achieved a Level 2 S/NVQ or has completed an employer-sponsored apprenticeship with City and Guilds of London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate, then you can apply for this type of card.
- Black, Manager – This is for managerial employees who have Level 4 or 5 S/NVQ or Level 6 or 7 QCF in the relevant occupation.
- Red, Trainee (Craft and Operative) – This card is for trainees who are registered but has not yet completed S/NVQ.
- Red, Experienced Worker – This card is available for those with at least one year on-the-job experience.
Except for the Red CSCS Cards, all cards are valid for three (3) years and are renewable.
For more information about the different types of cards click here.
CSCS Mock Test
Before sitting your CSCS test it is very important that you study for it, only applicants that pass the test will be granted their card. It is also very good practice to take as many cscs mock exams as you can, we have a load to help you practice, so take as many CSCS Mock Test questions as you can. To help you there is a wide range materials to help you study in many languages as well to benefit anyone who works in construction in the UK. Once you have yourself registered to take the test you study material will be delivered straight to your door. Once you feel ready to take you test you can choose one of the many test centres around the UK to sit your test. Wherever you are in the UK you will not be to fair away from a centre as they are dotted all across the country.
What are the behavioural case study questions?
From April 2012 the CITB health, safety and environment test has added another way for you to be test on how you would react and behave on a construction site. There are 12 case study questions that will test how you react to a certain situation, some basic common sense in most cases.
How much does the card cost?
The CSCS card is only £30 which is inclusive of vat, while you will find that some companies out there will stand the cost of the training for their staff it is generally the your responsibility to pay for their own card cost. Please bare in mind that this does not include the cost for the Health, Safety and Environment Test, that’s a separate £17.50.
Who needs a card?
Everyone that is thinking or currently working in the construction industry should hold a valid cscs card. This doesn’t just mean the operatives, this also includes the managers and the supervisors. Depending on the card you hold with depend on the privileges you have, just for an example, a site operative will not have the same access to machinery that a supervisor would have. Pretty much all worksites in the UK will need all of their sub contractors to have a valid card or that cards equivalent, no matter what work they are carrying out. Even if you are just a regular visitor to a construction site who does not even have any construction skills or and training should at the least have a yellow card before they are able to enter the work site.
For a list of the CSCS test centres in the UK click here.
Or if you would like to site some mock test questions then click this link.