CSCS provides construction workers with a portable identification of their skills, qualifications and abilities. Your card will tell your contractor or clients that you are trained in health and safety to industry standard and that you are capable of working safely on a construction site.
There are twelve types of cards, colour coded according to level from trainee to managerial and there are differing tests for each level.
The CSCS card is administered under the authority of CITB. CITB stands for Construction Industry Training Boards, the official industry training board for the UK construction industry.
Red for trainees: This card is for individuals who are in training and require a CSCS card for working on site.
Green for operatives: This card can be attained by individuals operating within a number of fields and is aimed at workers with basic site skills who work as general labourers.
Blue for craftsmen: This card can be attained by those who hold an NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or above or those who have achieved a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate.
Gold for supervisors: This card is suitable for those who have achieved an NVQ or SVQ level 3 or relevant City and Guilds apprenticeship.
Black for Managers: This card is aimed at individuals who hold a minimum NVQ or SVQ level 4/5 and relevant experience in site management.
You should be aware of your level and which card you need before booking your test. To apply for most CSCS cards you will need to be in training for or have already acquired an NVQ in construction. It can be confusing, If in doubt, call a Construction Awards team member.