CSCS cards provide the construction industry with a means of identity and proof of competence for individuals working on site. There are nearly 1.8 million cardholders in the UK and most major contractors, homebuilders and local authorities require employees and sub-contractors to hold a valid CSCS card before allowing them access to site. There are a range of CSCS cards available which reflect the variety of occupations in the industry.
Labourer Card (Green)
The green CSCS Construction Labourer Card is available to labourers or workers who carry out basic site skills only; it should not be used as an alternative to the Experienced Worker Card to gain access to site. (The green card was re-launched as the Labourer’s card in July 2014).
Apprentice Card (Red)
New entrants who have been registered onto an appropriate training course to achieve the S/NVQ can obtain the red CSCS Trainee Card.
Experienced Worker Card (Red)
Experienced operatives working towards the S/NVQ can obtain the red CSCS Experienced Worker Card. This is valid for one year from the date of issue and cannot be renewed. By the time the card expires, the operative must have achieved the S/NVQ level in order to obtain a Skilled Worker Card.
Trainee Card – Craft, Operative (Red) & Technical, Supervisor, Management (Red)
This card is available if you are a trainee and are registered for an NVQ or SVQ (or if you are registered for or have achieved a Construction Award) but have not yet achieved an NVQ or SVQ. The trainee card is valid for three years and cannot be renewed. Prior to applying for the card applicants are required to have achieved either the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test at the relevant level for their occupation or have attended a 1-day Health and Safety Awareness Course (a copy of the certificate will be required with the application).
Skilled Worker Card (Blue)
Qualified operatives in the Roofing sector should hold the Level 2 S/NVQ and obtain the blue CSCS Skilled Worker Card in the at least one of the roofing dicsiplines.
Advanced Craft/Supervisory Card (Gold)
This card is available if you have either achieved a Construction Related NVQ or SVQ level 3 or you have completed an approved Level 3 apprenticeship. This card is valid for five years. All applicants must pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test. For Advanced Craft occupations you should take the Operative or the Specialist test depending what your occupation is. For Supervisory occupations you should take the Supervisors test.
Manager Card (Black)
This card is available for manager occupations subject to achievement of a Construction related NVQ/SVQ Levels 4, 5, (or Construction related QCF Level 6 or 7) in the relevant occupation. This card is valid for five years. All applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test.
Professionally Qualified Person Card (White) & Academically Qualified Person Card (White)
This card is available to competence assessed members of CSCS approved Professional Bodies. This card is valid for five years. All applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test. When you apply for this card you will need to provide your professional body membership number, level of membership (i.e. Institute of Roofing) along with a copy of your professional body membership certificate or card. If you don’t have a copy of your membership certificate or membership card you can alternatively provide the name, membership number and contact number of someone of the same level or higher in the same professional body as yours, and who is prepared to recommend you, or supply a letter or email from the professional body confirming that you are a current, competent assessed member.