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What is a CSCS/CPCS card?

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry. Having a CSCS card provides proof to employers that you have gained the required qualification for the type of work you carry out onsite.

What are the CSCS/CPCS card changes?

All employers, contractors and major site operators may require, that all on-site workers have a valid CSCS / CPCS card appropriate to their profession and which is relevant to their qualifications.

Skilled trades and management on-site are no longer able to use the green Labourer CSCS Card.

If you do not have the correct card you may be refused access to site.

In order to obtain or renew the correct CSCS / CPCS card it may be necessary to enroll on an NVQ course relevant to your area of work.

In addition, once you are enrolled to your NVQ, you will be able to apply for a red experienced worker CSCS card* whilst working towards the qualification. This will allow you access on site during your NVQ process. Upon completion you will be able to apply for the card appropriate for your profession.

*Experienced worker CSCS card is valid for 1 year and non-renewable.

Understanding the NEW CSCS Cards

Labourer Card - Green

For manual on site work. You will need to have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last 2 years. This only needs to be completed once and will be accepted in 5 years time when renewing your Labourer card.

Skilled Worker Card - blue

A requirement for any skilled profession on site such as Bricklayer, Plumber, Plasterer. Must have achieved a Construction related NVQ level 2.

Experienced Worker Card - red

Available to workers with on the job experience. The card is valid for one year and cannot be renewed. It is issued on a temporary basis, while a Construction related NVQ qualification is being achieved. It is expected to be replaced by a skilled card on achievement of an NVQ Level 2 or higher.

Advanced Craft Card - gold

Available if you have achieved either a Construction related NVQ level 3, completed an approved apprenticeship (e.g.with NJCBI, BATJIC) or completed an employer sponsored apprenticeship.

Supervisory Card - gold

Available for supervisor occupations once you have achieved a Construction related supervisory NVQ level 3 or 4.

Manager Card - black

This card is available for manager occupations who have either achieved a Construction related NVQ Level 5, 6 or 7 in the relevant area of your work or is holding a pre-existing NVQ level 4 in construction management.

Explaining CPCS Cards

Trained Operator Card - red

This card confirms a level of core skills, knowledge and understanding that can be applied in the workplace and measured as competent against national standards.

Competent Operator Card - blue

This card confirms you have demonstrated a level of knowledge in health, safety and environment awareness through the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test, CPCS theory test, CPCS practical test and operating competence on the type of plant through achievement of an NVQ.

Tester Card - full or provisional

This card confirms you have demonstrated suitable experience within the industry, with plant related health and safety knowledge, first aid knowledge, health and safety awareness and operating ability/work-based ability as a Tester.

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