Which is the Best CSCS Card for Me?
12th May 2016
CSCS cards are absolutely essential if you want to work on a construction site, whether that be as a Labourer, Apprentice, Site Manager or even a Site Visitor. Working on a construction site can be dangerous at times, so having the correct CSCS card works towards reducing any possible risks.
What is a CSCS card?
CSCS stands for Construction Skills Certification Scheme and is the leading scheme that validates skills within the UK construction industry. CSCS cards provide proof that each individual working on a construction site definitely has the appropriate qualifications and training in order to carry out the work they are required to do. There are various different cards available, each one suited to a specific job role. So which card is best suited for you?
The CSCS green card is suited towards for site Labourers. For this, you’re required to have completed the SCQF Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, which you can undergo by contacting your local college, job centre or training centre. An up to date Site Safety Plus Health and Safety Awareness course certificate is also required for this card, although alternatively you can complete the IOSH Working Safely course. All applicants must be able to pass the Operatives CITB Health Safety & Environment test. Once the tests are completed your card will be valid for up to five years.
An apprentice CSCS card is designed for individuals who are undergoing an identified apprenticeship scheme. Applicants for this card are not required to take the CITB Health, Safety & Environment test, as long as they have met their Apprenticeship Managing Agency’s health and safety requirements prior to applying for the CSCS card. This card is valid for up to four years and cannot be refreshed.
The CSCS black card is available to managerial occupations that are subject to the achievement of a construction related NVQ/SVQ levels 4 or 5 (or construction related QCF Level 6 or 7) in the relevant occupation. All applicants for this card are required to pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test. The Manager CSCS card is valid for up to five years and can be refreshed.
Skilled Worker (Blue)
You can apply for a Skilled Worker CSCS card if you have either achieved a construction related NVQ/SVQ level 2 or have completed an employer sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate. A CSCS Blue Card – Craft Unit Level is available to individuals working in an occupation where a full construction related NVQ/SVQ does not exist, but you have passed trade specific units. Both of these cards are valid for up to five years and all applicants are required to pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment test.
Site Visitor (Yellow)
The Site Visitor CSCS card is suited towards people who are required to regularly visit a construction site, but have no sort of construction related skill. All applicants for this must pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment Test. Having this card issued does not exempt the site managers from their obligation ensure the health, safety and welfare of all individuals entering their sites.
This type of CSCS card is available in a number of situations. People who are working through their probation period while their employer assesses their suitability are able to apply for a Provisional CSCS card. Individuals who are undergoing supervised work experience are also able to apply for this card, given that they are 16 years old or older. The final situation in which this card is available is when someone is working as a Labourer but has not yet completed a recognised qualification for a labourer card and has not previously applied for a CSCS card. Applicants must have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the past two years. The card lasts for 6 months and Provisional CSCS card holders must achieve or be registered for a recognised construction related qualification and apply for the appropriate CSCS card for their job, as a Provisional card is not renewable.
Understanding and deciding which CSCS card is most appropriate for you will definitely help towards getting you to where you want to be in your career. Once you have decided which card is best suited for you, you can visit the 3B Training website in order to organise your test.