Prove your Competency with CSCS Cards – Successful Application Guidance

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards prove that the holder has the necessary training and qualifications to carry out the job they perform on site. Having a CSCS card acts as a reassurance that the holder can safely undertake the work that they have been assigned on a construction site.

The scheme raises safety standards across UK sites, and most principal contractors require workers to hold a card before they are admitted to the site.

This makes it hugely important that your employees are cardholders for their specific role – there are various cards which we’ll explore later in more detail.

What types of CSCS cards are available?

The CSCS issue a number of cards which relate to skill level, occupation and qualifications in construction.

These include:

  • Experienced worker – Red
  • Trainee/apprentice – Red
  • Experienced technical, supervisor, manager – Red
  • Labourer – Green
  • Skilled Worker – Blue
  • Advanced Craft – Gold
  • Supervisory – Gold
  • Manager – Black
  • Academically Qualified Person – White
  • Professionally Qualified Person – White

There are various types of cards available within the CSCS framework:

  • The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)
  • The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS)
  • The Engineering Services SKILLcard
  • JIB Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services (JIB PMES)

Card Application process

  1. Determine which card is suitable using the CSCS online Card finder
  2. Complete the appropriate level CITB Health, Safety and Environment test
  3. Complete the RQF Level 1 or similar training course (Labourer Applications only)
  4. Obtain copies of your qualifications appropriate to the application
  5. Option 1 – Proceed to your online CSCS account and complete the application

Option 2 – Contact CSCS on 0344 99 44 777

Step by step application process

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The latest news from CSCS

CSCS have recently launched an app which allows contractors to hold an electronic version of competency cards. Access to an electronic CSCS card will give you peace of mind that your team always have access to their card when visiting a site. This is because they can access it on their mobile phone using the CSCS app, rather than needing to remember a physical card, which, if forgotten or lost, could cause delays at work.

Site visitor cards were discontinued from 28th Feb 2020. Any cards issued before September 2018 still remain valid until their expiry date. Learn more about withdrawn cards.

A new academic placement card has been launched in line with the new year.

How much does a CSCS card cost?

All CSCS cards cost £36. The cheapest and quickest way to apply for a card is to use the CSCS online application service.

The CITB Health, Safety and Environment test costs £22 incl. VAT, after prices rose £1 from 1st April 2021.

CSCS labourer card applications require that applicants also complete the Site Safety Plus  (CITB) Health and Safety Awareness 1 day course or equivalent approved qualification.

There are a number of organisations that offer card application services. If you are being charged more than £36 for a CSCS card or £22 for a CITB Health, Safety and Environment test, make sure you check that you understand any additional services you will receive.

Let’s discuss your health and safety requirements

If you are looking to apply for a CSCS card or would like to complete the Site Safety Plus  (CITB) Health and Safety Awareness 1 day course.

You can contact us via email at, or give us a call on 01634 353677.


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