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What is CSCS?

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What is a CSCS card?

What is it?

CSCS is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry.

CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out.

Who needs it?

This is suitable for people working in construction who have achieved or are committed to achieving a recognised construction related qualification.

Holding a CSCS card is not a legislative requirement. However, it is entirely up to the principal contractor or client whether workers are required to hold a card before they are allowed on site: most principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid CSCS card.

How to get a CSCS card?

First, you need to find out what type of CSCS card you need. You can check card types on the CSCS website. Once you’ve selected your occupation and level of training, the system will tell you which kind of card you need to apply for.

Next, you’ll need to complete a Health, Safety and Environment test. The type of test you need to take depends on your trade and what training you already have.

The Health, Safety and Environment test, which you need to take to get your CSCS card, is 45 minutes long, and during this time you’ll have to answer 50 multiple choice questions including case study and knowledge questions. 

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