The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

CSCS cards are not a legislative requirement. However, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) place a legal requirement on the construction team to ensure those appointed to work on projects have the skills, knowledge, training and experience, and (if an organisation) the organisational capability to carry out their specific roles and responsibilities.

CDM 2015 (Para. 15.163) recommends nationally recognised qualifications such as National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) to provide contractors with assurance that the holder has the skills, knowledge, training and experience to carry out the task(s) for which they are appointed (HSE Publications: 2015, Managing health and safety in construction, London, page 45, 46).

To apply for a CSCS card you must have the appropriate qualification to support your application and Health, Safety and Environment Test pass.

 


CSCS Green Labourer Card

Green CSCS card

CSCS Green Card Requirements:

You will need to have passed the CITB Health, safety and environment test within the last 2 years.

You can apply for this card if you have completed the CITB Site Safety Plus one day course (valid for 5 Years).


CSCS Blue Skill Card

blue cscs card

CSCS Blue Card Requirements:

You will need to have passed the CITB Health, safety and environment test within the last 2 years.

You can apply for this card if you must achieve a level 2 NVQ.


CSCS Gold Card

gold cscs card

Gold Card Requirements:

You will need to have passed the CITB Health, safety and environment test within the last 2 years.

You can apply for this card if you have achieved a construction related NVQ level 3.


CSCS Gold Card: Supervisory

gold cscs card

CSCS Gold Card Requirements:

You will need to have passed the CITB Health, safety and environment test within the last 2 years.

You can apply for this card if you have achieved NVQ level 3 Occupational Work Supervision.


CSCS Black Card: /NVQ level 6 or 7

black cscs card

CSCS Gold Card Requirements:

You will need to have passed the CITB Health, safety and environment test within the last 2 years.

 

You can apply for this card if you have achieved NVQ level 7:

Construction Senior Management

 

You can apply for this card if you have achieved NVQ level 6:

Construction Site Management

Construction Contracting Operations Management – General

Construction Contracting Operations Management – Quantity Surveying

Construction Contracting Operations Management – Estimating

Construction Contracting Operations Management – Buyer

Construction Contracting Operations Management – Planner

 

You can apply for this card if you have achieved NVQ level 3:

Construction Contracting Operations - Quantity Surveying

Construction Contracting Operations – Estimating

Construction Contracting Operations – Buyer

Construction Contracting Operations – Site Technical Support

Construction Contracting Operations – Design Coordinator


CSCS White Card: /NVQ level 7 & MCIOB

white cscs card

CSCS White Card Requirements:

You will need to have passed the CITB Health, safety and environment test within the last 2 years.

 

You can apply for this card if you have achieved NVQ level 7:

Construction Senior Management and successfully complete the shortened professional review to achieve MCIOB status.