Health, Safety & Environment Test (HS&E)

For those looking to book the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test (HS&E Test), this page will provide some useful information for revision through to booking and on the day advice. There are various ways you can book including online, by telephone or through an Internet Test Centre (ITC).

About the HS&E Test Structure

The HS&E Operatives test contains 50 questions that cover five different core knowledge areas:

  • Legal and management
  • Health and welfare
  • General safety
  • High risk activities
  • Environment

Candidates have 45 minutes to answer the 50 questions. The test now includes new question styles. Behavioural case studies are also used in the test to check a candidate's understanding of health, safety and environmental issues, and how to behave safely on-site.

CITB is continually reviewing the test to ensure that it continues to help construction workers and employers get the right knowledge, skills and training to be able to work safely in the industry. There are further forthcoming improvements to the test over the next 12 to 18 months.

There are three types of HS&E test:

  • Operatives
  • Specialists
  • Managers and Professionals.

All HS&E tests cost £22 each.

Please note: from 1 April 2022 the price of the CITB HS&E test will be changing. The price of the test will be £22.50 and candidates who book their test on or after 1 April 2022 will pay the new price of £22.50.

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Individual Booking for HS&E Test

Book online

  1. You first need to register on the Pearson VUE CITB booking site (External link - Opens in a new tab or window)
  2. Once you have registered, you can then log onto the CITB booking site (External link - Opens in a new tab or window) to make your booking

Book by telephone

To book by phone, call 0344 994 4488. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm (Monday to Friday), and from 8am to 12pm (Saturday).

Ensure you have the following information before you call:

  • The type of HS&E test you require (e.g. Operatives, Supervisor, Manager or Specialist)
  • The location of your preferred test centre(s)
  • Your full home address
  • Your CITB registration number (if applicable)
  • Credit/Debit card details
  • Any further special assistance such as Voice Over (14 languages available), BSL, Wheelchair Access, Translator, Signer or Reader

Book via an Internet Test Centre (ITC)

Please contact your local ITC centre that facilitates the HS&E Test.

Changing your test date

If you need to rebook your test, you must reschedule it at least 72 hours before the test date:

  • It is free to change to an alternative test date online if you do this at least 72 hours before the test date
  • You cannot reschedule your test less than 72 hours before the test date; you will lose your test fee completely in this instance.

Group Booking for HS&E Test

(1-3 candidates) – Contact the CITB directly on 0344 994 4488.

Larger group bookings for 4 or more candidates can be made online using our Scheduler Group Booking system.

Prepare for the HS&E Test

There is a range of revision materials to help you prepare for the Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test from printed booklets that you can purchase in a bookshop, to smartphone apps that help you revise on the go.

To increase your chances of passing the test, we recommend that you take a relevant training course, and work through all the sample questions in the revision materials. Make sure that you are confident with the topics and questions before you book your test.

Before you take your Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test, we recommend you watch the video below, which is available in two formats:

Recommended video to watch as part of your preparation.


Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

There are many card schemes now available to ensure construction workers are safe and competent to work in their chosen career. CSCS is a widely popular card scheme that provides proof that workers on construction sites have the correct qualifications for the type of job they are carrying out. We offer a wide range of construction NVQs to help you gain your required CSCS card, including the blue CSCS skilled worker card, CSCS supervisor card and CSCS manager card.

You can find more information on the types of CSCS cards available here and the level of HS&E test you require, along with any exemptions where applicable.

Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS)

Now owned by the NOCN Group, the CPCS scheme provides skill cards specifically for the plant centre of the construction and allied industries. Before applying for the CPCS Red or blue CPCS card you must have achieved the relevant CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test within the last 2 years.

You can find out more about the CPCS scheme here, along with our handy CPCS downloads page which provides links to CPCS support materials.

You can find further information on other card schemes here, to find out which HS&E test you require or any exemptions that may apply.

Contact us for further help and guidance