Types of CSCS Cards

If you are working on a building site, CSCS cards are a way to quickly and easily identify people performing different functions and their level of competence. Once issued, most cards are valid for five years.

The Black CSCS Card indicates that the holder is a manager. The person holding it has has passed the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test. In addition the manager must have achieved the NVQ/SVQ levels 4, 5,(or QCF Level 6 or 7) in his (or her) occupation.

An Advanced Craft/Supervisory Card is issued to a person who has successfully completed an approved indentured apprenticeship (BTAJIC, (NJCBI), or NVQ or SVQ Level 3. This card may also be issued to a person who has completed an employer-sponsored apprenticeship.

In the latter case, the apprenticeship must include the completion of a City and Guilds of London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate. Applicants who wish to apply for an Advanced Craft/Supervisory card must also pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environmental Test.

A White CSCS Card is issued to people working in construction who are not covered by any other category. To qualify for this card, a person would need to successfully pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety & Environmental Test.

The Green CSCS Card is called the “Construction Site Operative” Card and is issued to people who perform basic functions on the site, such as labourers. To qualify for this designation, a worker would need to complete a NVQ or SVQ Level 1 or be recommended by an employer (industry accreditation). (Read here for latest changes to the Green CSCS Cards)

A Yellow CSCS Card is issued to a construction site visitor. This person would be someone who is frequently on the job site, but does not necessarily have a construction-related skill. Someone who wishes to apply for this card would have to pass the requirements for the CITB Operations Health, Safety and Environment Test.

The Blue CSCS Card is issued to Skilled Workers. To meet the requirements for this designation, a person would need to achieve an NVQ or SVQ Level 1 or complete an employer-sponsored apprenticeship. An applicant who completes the employer-sponsored apprenticeship would need to ensure that it included a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate.

Trainee Cards may be issued for students who are registered in college or university programs for nationally recognised construction-related qualifications. These cards are valid for three years. Applicants must pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environmental Test.

The Experienced Worker Card may be given to someone who has at least 12 months of practical experience within the past three years. It is issued on a temporary basis while the NVQ or SVQ qualification is being achieved. Unlike other cards, this one is only valid for one year and it cannot be renewed.

A special card is available to supervisors and managers who have at least 12 months of work experience over the past three years, and do not hold an NVQ or an SVQ Level 3, 4 or 5. The Experienced Technician, Supervisor or Manager Card is available to people who do not belong to an approved professional association. Anyone who wishes to apply for it must pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environmental Test.

Graduates from nationally-recognized programs at colleges and universities can apply for a card indicating that they have completed their studies. It is valid for three years.

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  1. gordon mclaughlin says:

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