Construction Industry qualifications
Having a CSCS card makes you more employable; it gives proof of your well-earned skills and most contractors and house builders require their workers to hold a valid card.
It shows contractors that you are a competent person, have the right Health and Safety knowledge, appropriate training and are qualified for the job without you needing to carry all of those certificates around with you.
It lasts for 5 years and can be a steppingstone into all sorts of careers in the industry.
What happens on the course
There are two stages to getting any CSCS card:
Health and Safety in a Construction Environment Level 1 (H&SL1) qualification
You’ll get training, help and support from your tutor during the course and revision material to pass this online multiple-choice test.
The test will be taken during the course, once you’re ready. You need to pass the H&SL1 to go on to the second stage: CSCS card learning and test.
Green, Labourer’s CSCS card Test
The multiple choice, touch screen CITB test can only be sat in a registered test centre.
Content is very similar to the H&SL1, with a few extra points that will be taught to you on this part of the course. If English is not your first language, there is audio translation support for a range of languages that can be arranged.
Your multiple-choice test will be booked by the training provider but you’ll need to travel to the test centre in order to take it. The training provider will give you help and support including mock tests in order to prepare you for the test.
After passing your CSCS card test, some courses offer additional learning, experience and ‘tickets’ to make you even more employable, including either:
- traffic Marshal qualification
- introduction to Modern Methods of Construction
- working at heights, harness awareness, cable avoidance
- abrasive wheels and safe use of cut off saws.