The Green Labourer's CSCS Card: Everything you need to know
If you are a construction worker or are looking to work in construction you will certainly have heard of a CSCS card. These are intended to keep both construction workers and construction sites in the UK safe as well as assisting with the effective running of such sites.
What is a CSCS card?
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card is available for construction workers in the UK and is a means of showing employers running construction sites that an individual has the correct qualifications and training in order to undertake the job. The card is a means of ensuring that construction sites in the UK are safe places to work and that a high standard is maintained.
Who provides the CSCS card?
The CSCS card is provided by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), a not-for-profit company that was set up by the government with the intention of reducing accidents on construction sites, improving the skills of construction workers and ensure they have adequate training for the job, and overall, building the reputation of the UK’s construction industry as a world leader in the field.
Do I need a CSCS Card?
While CSCS cards are not a legal requirement and employers and contractors are not legally bound to insist on an employee to have one to access the site, they are becoming a commonplace requirement among major contractors.
It is, therefore, in your interests to have a CSCS card if you want to work in construction as it will open up more employment opportunities. A CSCS card is evidence of your competence as a construction worker to potential employers and you will notice that the majority of job advertisements state that being in possession of a CSCS card is a key requirement
How long does a CSCS card last?
A CSCS card lasts for five years, after which time it will need to be renewed. If, after five years, you are at the same level as the card you have then the renewal process is straightforward and you will just need a replacement card. If your occupation or skill level has changed since applying for your last card you will be required to provide the appropriate evidence of your qualifications in order to qualify for a different CSCS card.
What are the different types of CSCS cards??
There are different types of CSCS cards which cover the various occupations in the construction industry and the skill levels within those occupations. The entry-level green card is known as the Labourer card which, while requiring minimal qualifications, still requires evidence that a worker meets a certain set of standards.
How long does it take for the CSCS card to be processed?
You should receive your CSCS card in the post within 20 days of submitting your application. During this time, the CSCS may contact you if they require further information or clarification regarding your application. If you have not received your card within 5 weeks of submitting your application you should contact CSCS directly to enquire about the delay.
The CITB Levy and Grant System?
If you are already employed by a construction firm, and they pay the construction industry training levy, you may be eligible to claim a grant for your training from The CITB Levy and Grant System that can assist with obtaining the necessary qualifications to obtain a CSCS card.
CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test?
For all CSCS cards, you will be required to complete the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test which assesses an individual’s awareness of important safety features on a construction site, as well as aiming to improve knowledge of what makes a productive and effective construction site. The test you need to take is dependent on which CSCS card you are applying for, so make sure you know which test you will be given so that you can prepare accordingly.