CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) is a certification scheme within the UK construction industry. CSCS cards give validation that the individuals working on a construction sites have completed the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out on site.
The Scheme links in with a nationwide database of people working in the construction sector or on building sites who have achieved, or are committed to achieving a recognised construction related qualification.
Most site managers and contractor supervisors require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid CITB CSCS Labourers Card.
The Scheme’s application processing and contact centre is delivered under contract by the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).
Changes in obtaining your CITB CSCS Labourers Card as from July 2014
The Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) introduced new changes as from July 2014 on how to obtain your CSCS Green Card (Labourer Card). These changes outlined that in order to obtain your CSCS green card you would need to complete your CITB Health, Safety and Environment touch screen test (HS & E) and complete the relevant qualification (In the case of the Labourers Card, this would be the CITB Health and Safety Awareness training course).
How do you get the new CITB Labourers Card?
The CITB Site Safety Plus – Health & Safety Awareness – 1 day course
Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (QCF)
Pass the Health Safety & Environmental Operative Test.
Once achieved complete a CSCS Card Application form or call the CITB direct for your card application.
APPLYING FOR YOUR CITB CSCS LABOURERS CARD
The first step in the process is to prove that you have the correct training and qualification to carry out your job role. The type of work you do and your qualifications or membership of professional bodies will determine which type of CSCS card you should apply for.
To apply for your own CITB CSCS Labourers card you need to check which card is the right one for you and the job that you do by using the online cardfinder. This will also tell you which type of CITB Health, Safety and Environment test you need to take.
HOW CAN I BOOK AN ENVIRONMENTAL TOUCH SCREEN TEST?
You can book your HS&E test online once you have registered your details.
Bookings can also be taken over the telephone by calling 0344 994 4488. Lines are open between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to midday on Saturdays.
You will be given the date and time of your test when you book, with the details then sent out to you by email or through the post. You can also choose to receive a SMS text message or email reminder 24 hours before your test.
Alternatively, if you are unable to book the HS&E test online or by telephone, please complete a postal application form (PDF, 168 KB) for the HS&E test and send it by post.
What information do I need to have at hand to book a test?
You will need to have the following before you can book a HS&E test:
- Which test you need to take – Operative, Labourer, Specialist, or Managers and Professionals
- Whether you require any special assistance – see below for a full list of available services
- Your chosen method of payment – debit/credit card
- Your address details
- Your CITB registration number – You will have one of these if you have taken the test before, or applied for certain card schemes (CSCS, CPCS, CISRS, etc).
Once you have passed the correct test, please call the CSCS Contact Centre on 0344 994 4777.
Before you ring please ensure you have:
- A credit or debit card to pay £30 for the card
- Your current or previous employer’s details including contact name, company name and telephone number
- Checked the requirements for the type of card you are applying for. For example, you may need to email us copies of your qualifications. If you do not have this information when you call, it may delay your application.
Your card will usually be dispatched on the next working day.
Alternatively you can download an application form, complete it and return it with the required documentation and payment.
Please note that postal applications can take up to 15 working days.
If you require a CITB Health and Safety Training course and you are based in North Wales then please visit our CITB Health and Safety Training page.
Alternatively, please call us on 01978 359 441 for more information or to book your place on the course.