How to get your CSCS Card

A CSCS card is a necessity for many people to be able to carry out their job on and around sites, and there are different cards for different occupations. Applicants for CSCS cards need to demonstrate they have been appropriately trained and have the right qualifications before they are issued with one. You can have a look at the cardfinder on the CSCS website to identify which type of card is relevant to you, and the appropriate CITB Health, Safety, and Environment test which needs to be taken and passed prior to any card applications.

To successfully gain a CSCS card an applicant needs to be able to prove that they have achieved a nationally recognised qualification in a construction related skill. ESS offer a variety of qualifications to support your application, please contact us for information and advice on how to apply for the correct card.

Labourer

Launched in July 2014 this new entry-level card is available for those working within the construction industry as a labourer.

Apprentice

This card is available to people who have commenced on a recognised apprenticeship framework.

Experienced Technical, Supervisor or Manager

This card is available to Supervisors and Managers with on the job experience (normally at least one year in the last three) who have not achieved a construction related NVQ and are not a member of an approved Professional Body.

Experienced Worker

This card is available to workers with on the job experience (normally at least one year in the last three).

Trainee Card

This card is available if you are a trainee and are registered for a qualification that leads to a skilled CSCS card (in the majority of cases an NVQ/SVQ).

Skilled Worker

You can apply for this card if you have either achieved a construction related NVQ or SVQ level 2 or completed an employer sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate.

Advanced Craft

This card is available if you have either achieved a Construction Related NVQ or SVQ level 3, completed an approved indentured apprenticeship (e.g.with NJCBI, BATJIC etc.) or completed an employer sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City and Guilds of London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate.

Supervisory

This card is available for supervisor occupations subject to the achievement of a Construction Related Supervisory NVQ or SVQ level 3 or 4.

Manager

This card is available for manager occupations on the achievement of a Construction related NVQ/SVQ levels 5, 6 or 7 in the relevant construction management level qualification.

Academically Qualified Person

This card is available to people who have completed certain construction related degrees, HNDs, HNCs, CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH diplomas.

Construction Site Vistor

This card is available to people who frequently visit a construction site, but have no construction specific skill.

All Construction Site Visitor cards issued from 3rd September 2018 will expire on 31st August 2020 and CSCS will stop issuing the card from 28th February 2020. Cards issued before 3rd September 2018 will remain valid until their expiry date.

Professionally Qualified Person

This card is available to competence assessed members of CSCS approved Professional Bodies.

Provisional

This card is for people who are working through probationary periods while employers assess their suitability for employment undergoing supervised work experience (aged 16+).

How do I renew my CSCS Card?

There are a few simple steps to take to renew your CSCS card. You will need to demonstrate you have the correct training and qualifications needed for your particular job role, and you need to pass the CITB Health Safety and Environment Test.

The type of test you do and the qualifications you need to demonstrate will depend on which CSCS card you are applying for. This, in turn, will depend on your qualifications, job role, and any professional body membership you might have. If, therefore, you change job role, you will need to seek advice as you might need to change your CSCS card. Use the CSCS cardfinder to check which card and test are right for you.

You can order your card directly with the CSCS Contact Centre on 0344 994 4777.  Please ensure you have a credit or debit card to pay £30 for the CSCS card and any details of your current or previous employer’s.

Please note that CSCS cards can only be renewed 6 months prior to the expiry date and up to 6 months after the expiry date and that the expiry date of the new card will be as if the card was renewed on time.