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 and also by post.
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
Supervisors, Specialist and Managers Tests, include the core topics above as well as relevant questions in the chosen specialist areas.
Candidates will have 45 minutes to answer all 50 questions. The test now includes new question styles, along with behavioural case studies to check the candidates understanding of health, safety and environmental issues, ensuring they know how to behave safely on-site.
All HS&E tests cost £21 each.
Individual Booking for HS&E Test
Register and book your test though the Pearson Vue Website, ensuring you have all the information required to enter onto their online booking system. You will be able to pay the test fee of £21 by credit/debit card, when you have finished entering your details and selected your required test.
Ensure you have read and understood the CITB Terms and Conditions for their testing services prior to booking.
Book by telephone
To book by phone you can contact the CITB directly on 0344 944 4488. Welsh booking number: 0344 994 4490.
Lines are open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 12pm on Saturdays. Booking lines are not open on Bank Holidays.
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 by Post
You can fill in the CITB Postal Application form and return it by post to:
PO Box 1286
Group Booking for HS&E Test
(1-3 candidates) – Contact the CITB directly on 0344 994 4488.
(4 or more candidates) – If you have a larger group of 4 or more candidates, you can use the CITB Scheduler Group Booking Tool system. You will need to contact the CITB to set you up with an account – email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access.
On the Day of the Test
Follow these instructions to ensure you are fully prepared on the day of your test:
- Arrive at the test centre at least 15 minutes before your test is due to start
- Bring confirmation of your test (either your confirmation email or letter)
- Bring ID that includes your photo and signature such as your Passport or Diving Licence. You can find a full list of acceptable ID documents here. If you cannot provide a suitable form of ID from this list, then you will need to fill out the Identification Waiver Form. Full instructions on how to complete the form and documents to bring with you are detailed on the second page.
PLEASE NOTE: Your documents will be checked on arrival at the test centre, and you will not be able to take your test if you don’t have the correct documentation with you, and you will have to book and pay for your test again.
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 further information on other card schemes here, to find out which HS&E test you require or any exemptions that may apply.