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What Are The Different Cscs Cards In Uk Construction Industry?

By Author: Graeme Hick
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There are different CSCS Cards in UK construction industry to cater to all major trades and construction hierarchy. Whether you are a labourer or a project manager, a beginner or a veteran, a low-skilled worker or a high-skilled tradesman, there is a suitable CSCS Card for all.

Here is the list of all CSCS Cards in construction and who each one is meant for:

Yellow CSCS Visitor Card:

Meant for: People who just want to visit construction sites. The card doesn’t allow the holder to pick up any construction tool or indulge in any work – physical or mental – on sites
How to get: Passing the 45-minute CSCS Test for Operatives is the only requirement for it.
Validity: It’s valid for 5 years and then you need to renew it.


Green CSCS Labourer Card:

Meant for: Labourers, people with no construction related skills, and skilled tradesmen lacking qualifications required for relevant CSCS Cards
How to get: You need to take a 1-day Health & Safety Awareness Course and then pass the CSCS Test for Operatives.
Validity: It’s valid for 5 years and then you need to renew it.
Note: In case you don’t want to attend the 1-day course, you can opt for Red CSCS Provisional Card. The downside however is that this card is only valid for 6 months and you must have to go for Green Card, and the 1-day course, after that. Take your pick!


Blue CSCS Skilled Worker Card:

Meant for: People working in trades that require certain level of skills such as: carpenter, plumber, electrician, bricklayer, plasterer, mason, etc.
How to get: You must have NVQ level 2 or equivalent qualification in addition to passing the CSCS Test for Operatives.
Validity: It’s valid for 5 years and then you need to renew it.


Gold CSCS Card (Advanced Craft):

Meant for: Highly skilled tradesmen, and skilled tradesmen who have grown in skills and experience
How to get: You must have NVQ level 3 or equivalent qualification in addition to passing the CSCS Test for Operatives.
Validity: It’s valid for 5 years and then you need to renew it.


Gold CSCS Card (Supervisor):

Meant for: Tradesmen working, or want to work, as supervisor on construction sites
How to get: You must have NVQ level 4 or equivalent qualification in addition to passing the CSCS Test for Supervisors.
Validity: It’s valid for 5 years and then you need to renew it.


Black CSCS Manager Card:

Meant for: Tradesmen working, or want to work, as managers on construction sites
How to get: You must have at least NVQ level 5 or equivalent qualification in addition to passing the CSCS Test for Managers and Professionals.
Validity: It’s valid for 5 years and then you need to renew it.


White CSCS Academically Qualified Person Card:

Meant for: Individuals who have completed certain construction related degrees, HND’s, HNC’s CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH Diplomas
How to get: You need to provide evidence of your qualifications in addition to passing the CSCS Test for Managers and Professionals.
Validity: It’s valid for 5 years and then you need to renew it.


White CSCS Professionally Qualified Person Card:

Meant for: Members of CSCS-approved organizations like ICE, CIOB or the likes
How to get: You need to provide evidence of your membership (member card, certificate or official mail) in addition to passing the CSCS Test for Managers and Professionals.
Validity: It’s valid for 5 years and then you need to renew it.


Red CSCS Trainee Card:

Meant for: Individuals pursuing a construction related qualification that leads to a skilled CSCS Card. The card allows them access to site and thus some hands-on training.
How to get: You only need to pass the CSCS Test for Operatives for this card.
Validity: It’s valid for 5 years and non-renewable.


Red CSCS Apprentice Card:

Meant for: Individuals pursuing a recognized apprenticeship framework
How to get: First you need to provide evidence that you are registered for apprenticeship.
Passing the CSCS Test for Operatives is the final requirement to get this card.
Validity: It’s valid for 4 years and you can’t renew it.

Graeme Hick life revolves around two “C’s”: Cricket and Construction. When his mind space is not occupied by cricket, you can find him reading and writing about construction. It comes with years spent in Construction Helpline. Looking for CSCS Cards in the Uk, kindly visit Construction Helpline.

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