Which CSCS Card Do I Need?

Whether you are a skilled construction worker or simply require access to a construction site, a CSCS card provides essential proof that you have the training and qualifications for the job. Reflecting the skill level and occupation of each individual, there are a number of different Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards available to qualify for. Although having a CSCS card is not technically a legal requirement, the vast majority of employers require everyone working on site to hold the valid and relevant card for their role. If you are unsure which CSCS card you need to gain access to sites, read our helpful guide here.

Trainee & Skilled Worker CSCS Cards

Specifically aimed at individuals carrying out labouring duties, the basic green CSCS card is for is for entry-level workers on a construction site. For those registered on a recognised construction apprenticeship, the red CSCS apprentice card is issued free of charge. The temporary red experienced worker CSCS card is available for workers with on the job experience, who are registered to complete an approved construction related NVQ. If you have completed an apprenticeship, or achieved an equivalent construction related NVQ (at level 2 or 3), the blue and gold skilled worker CSCS cards are available upon passing of the relevant CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.

Supervisory & Managerial CSCS Cards

For those with elevated responsibilities on site, there are a number of supervisory CSCS cards that can be obtained, depending on your qualifications. The gold supervisory CSCS card is available for individuals within supervisor and technical roles, where an industry-approved construction related supervisory qualification has been obtained. Additionally, the black CSCS manager card is designed for managerial individuals who have obtained an approved construction related managerial qualification. For those with construction related degrees, including HNDs, HNCs, CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH diplomas, the AQP card is available.

To obtain any of these supervisory CSCS cards, a HS&E test for managers and professionals should be completed.

Enquire Today

For more information about which CSCS card is right for you, or to book your CITB Health, Safety and Environment test, contact Acadame today. Email us at hello@acadame.co.uk, or call our advisors on 0330 1242165.

Benefits of CITB Leadership & Management Training

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Within the construction industry, there has been a growing demand for leadership and management training. As essential skills for all frontline construction sites, these skills are highly sought after by employers, with many wishing to improve leadership and management across their organisation. In response to this, training board CITB has developed a range of short courses which aim to give construction supervisors & managers the proficiency and confidence needed to carry out their roles effectively. At Acadame, we’re working alongside CITB to provide construction leadership & management training that can support all employers.

Accessible for Any Construction Professional

Whether site based or office based, any construction professional looking to improve leadership skills can access these accredited training courses. The courses we offer can be used as personal development for anybody who is eventually aiming for a move into management as part of long term career goals.

Improved Productivity & Retention for Employers

Those who have implemented leadership and management training for their organisation’s staff have seen a reduction in the number of man hours on site, productivity increases, and improved employee retention due to the offering of career development.

Flexibility of Delivery

Leadership & management training with Acadame can be tailored to suit the specific needs of the learner or business, with the choice of taking one short course, or several of the framework courses. Delivery of these courses is completely flexible – either by attending one of our training centres, our team delivering training at your workplace, or completing your course via an online virtual live class.

Wide Range of Courses

From Handling Difficult Situations, and Developing Yourself as a Team Leader, to the Delivery of Site Operations and Logistics, these construction leadership and management courses cover an extensive range of different skills that supervisors are required to have.

CITB Grant Support

Additionally, short duration grant support is available for employers, for the achievement of these approved short courses, via CITB grant payments.

Book Your Course

To find out more about our CITB Leadership & Management Training courses, don’t hesitate to contact our helpful Acadame advisors today. Call us on 0330 1242165 or email us at hello@acadame.co.uk.

Gain Your CSCS Gold Supervisor Card

Across all construction and building sites, site supervisors are arguably the key component to a successful project. With their role of ensuring site safety, and effectively overseeing the work of others, supervisors must have undertaken the relevant qualifications to be able to hold this position. If you’re looking to prove your competency and become a site supervisor, having possession of a CSCS Gold Supervisor Card is imperative. To help prospective supervisors to gain this, Acadame provides our supervisory NVQs, as well as the CITB Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (or SSSTS).

CSCS Gold Card Requirements

For those working with supervisory responsibilities, getting a supervisor qualification is the next step to gaining your CSCS Gold Card. Our Supervision & Management NVQs are designed to allow construction professionals to prove their knowledge and skills within their specific job role, and demonstrate their management competency. Site supervisors must have completed either our Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision, or Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision to be able to look at getting their CSCS Gold Card.

Additionally, applicants must have completed the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test within the past 2 years. The aim of the test is to examine supervisors’ knowledge across numerous topics in order to maintain construction site safety, and is completed in the format of short multiple choice questions.

CITB Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)

Although not mandatory for a Gold CSCS card, many employers insist their supervisors complete a CITB Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme to complement their learning. Our CITB SSSTS course in Stoke-On-Trent is an ideal way to improve your skills in terms of monitoring, organising, and administering groups of staff within the construction and civil engineering industries.

Enrol With Acadame

For more information about how our construction supervisor courses and NVQs can help you to gain your Gold CSCS Card, speak to our team at Acadame today. Email us at hello@acadame.co.uk, or call our advisors on 0330 1242165.

Is There Such Thing as An Accident?

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How many accidents can be prevented? Why did 1.7 million people in the UK suffer from work related illnesses in the year 2020-2021? Anxiety and depression were a high proportion of this figure but given the years span across the coronavirus lockdowns, that might not be surprising. The shift in lifestyle was difficult for many to deal with – taking away a vital sense of community that benefits our mental health. But figures also show that a third of this figure incurred musculoskeletal problems. The course we provide for first aid at work in Derby and other areas in Staffordshire doesn’t just teach attendees how to deal with accidents but also how to prevent them.

Prevent Preventable Accidents

Some stringent people believe accidents never happen. Most people believe this holds people to a higher standard than what might be reasonable, especially given the fact everybody has free will and we need to be conscious of the decisions we are making. Even upper management with the fate of their business at stake acknowledge that sometimes, everybody makes mistakes. What our course for first aid at work in Derby helps to drive home is that accidents can be prevented and their impact on workflow lessened by swift and effective responses. It builds the confidence of the attendee as they know they will be equipped with the power to respond without high anxiety and with the right actions in place.

Act Now – Act Fast

Don’t wait until a major accident happens in your workplace – empower your team today. The only thing that builds confidence effectively is lived experience. When you know you have dealt with a problem that inspires nervousness beforehand, even in a trained environment, you can spring into action when it really matters.

Book Your Place

If you would like to find out more about our courses for first aid at work in Derby, or wherever you are based, our team are always willing to help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Academe by calling 0330 1242165 or emailing hello@acadame.co.uk. Plus, our upcoming courses can all be viewed and easily booked online today.

Minimise Staff Sickness with HSA

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Health and safety shouldn’t be shrugged at. It might seem like a ‘boring’ topic on the surface, since most people look at only the stereotype of innocuous rules being drawn up by men in suits for the fun of arbitrary admin, but the reality is very different. Health and safety legislation is put in place to protect your business from financial and reputational damage, your employees from incurring injury and workflow from being interrupted by unforeseen accidents. Whether you are looking for engaging training courses on HSA in Stafford or a surrounding area, Acadame are a great place to turn for a fresh new approach to the topic.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

In 2017, stress took over from musculoskeletal disorders as being the UK’s biggest work-related illness. Health and safety measures can be partially thanked for the apparent decrease in musculoskeletal disorders, however there were still thousands of accidents at work occurring that could have been avoided. These numbers are echoed in more recent years but 2017 marks a significant turning point with regards to work-related illnesses and highlights how important having health and safety aware staff is to sustain consistent workflow is at your business.

Specialist Courses

We believe staff training courses should be fun, interactive, and memorable in order to make an impact. Rather than box-ticking, courses such as HSA in Stafford are designed to make your employees think about its contents while they return to their daily duties. All courses are bespoke to your workplace or industry because we can specialise in something as specific as ladder training or we can offer you a slightly more generalised course as appropriate. The necessity of having health and safety conscious employees is highly important to minimising staff absences due to a work-related illness.

Book Your Place

If you would like to find out more about our HSA in Stafford, our team are always willing to help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Academe by calling 0330 1242165 or emailing hello@acadame.co.uk. Plus, our upcoming courses can all be viewed and easily booked online today.

Discover SSSTS Courses in Stoke

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Acadame specialise in providing high quality CITB courses that are expertly delivered to interested parties across the UK. This Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS for short) is ideal for those interested in taking on the planning, organising, administering, and monitoring of staff. For SSSTS in Stoke, look no further than the experts at Acadame. 

As touched upon, Acadame is based in Stoke-on-Trent. The location of our HQ makes this SSSTS course perfect for anyone local Stoke and Staffordshire. Alternatively, we hold courses at a variety of locations across the UK. 

Units Covered

This SSSTS course is split into five units. Some of the modules include:

Health & Safety Law


Site set up and security 

Underground and overhead working 

Waste materials 

Environmental awareness 


CITB stands for the Construction Industry Training Board. This organisation is responsible for attracting talent and supporting skills development across the construction industry. 

We also provide SSSTS Refresher courses for those looking to brush-up on their skillset. 


Contact the team at Acadame today by calling +44 03301242165 or emailing hello@acadame.co.uk now. You can browse upcoming SSSTS courses in Stoke now online. 

Get Started with Health & Safety Awareness

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Get Started with Health & Safety Awareness 

Our Health and Safety Awareness courses in Staffordshire can be delivered nationwide and offer individuals a chance to start their journey towards a safer and more successful work practice. Acadame is comprised of industry professionals at the top of their game, experienced in providing a fantastic level of service to those looking to learn in an efficient and comprehensive manner. 

What’s Involved?

A comprehensive and appropriate level of health and safety understanding is provided by a seasoned expert. All sessions are conducted in an efficient and professional manner, and everyone is welcome no matter their background. If you are looking to get your green card, or take part in a refresher course to improve your confidence, Acadame is here for you. 


You may browse and book all our upcoming CITB courses online. If you have any questions At Acadame we make booking simple, just find the available course at a date and time that suits you and secure your place online through our straightforward system. As touched on, we are proud to offer our Health & Safety Awareness courses in Staffordshire, Stoke, and across the UK from a number of venues. 


If you have anymore questions about starting your journey of Health and Safety Awareness in Staffordshire, contact our team today on tel:+44 03301242165 or fill out the online enquiry form. 

Explore Our HSA Course

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Our level one Health and Safety Awareness (HSA) course in Stafford and Stoke is designed to develop the understanding of potential hazards to those working in construction. This course provides several business and learner benefits, including being an ideal step for those looking to earn their industry site card, and is endorsed by Build UK as standard training for all operatives.

Learning outcomes include an understanding of health and safety laws, how to report unsafe activity, and the importance of a risk assessment and method statement. Learners will also have a comprehension of how their role fits into the control and management of a site, as well as how to perform safely and ask for advice.

This HSA course, delivered to those in Stafford and the surrounding areas, are comprised of 5 units. Learners will be taken through each of these modules with the appropriate care an attention given to ensure the best possible understanding of the material and their importance. We don’t cut corners at Acadame, continually driving efficient and comprehensive results that match the standards we hold ourselves to.

What is CITB?

CITB refers to the Construction Industry Training Board. It is their job to aid the construction industry in attracting talent, as well as to support skills development in Britain. This HSA course is one of many CITB courses that we at Acadame, as training partners, regularly deliver from our HQ and teaching venues around the UK.

Book Today

You may browse and book all our upcoming CITB courses online. If you have any questions about our HAS course in Stafford, that haven’t been answered here, don’t hesitate to contact us today via hello@acadame.co.uk or 03301242165.

Discover Our Range of CITB Courses

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Acadame are proud to deliver a range of CITB courses designed to enhance your learning and help drive your career. With our HQ in Stoke-on-Trent, we conduct regular training sessions in the area, and provide these services from our 12 nationwide venues. With everything from the Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) to our Health and Safety Awareness (HSA)  training in Stoke and beyond, our services are taught by leading industry experts that hold your progress and development as a top priority.

Our Courses

Our full range of courses encompass a variety of qualifications integral to a successful career in the construction industry.  Our full list of courses can be found below:

What is CITB?

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the industry training board for the UK construction industry. Their job is to ensure the construction industry is able to support skills development and attract talent. These courses are part of that mission and is why we are proud to deliver them at our venues. You can view our upcoming courses online today, such as Health and Safety Awareness training in Stoke and more.

Contact Acadame

If you have any questions regarding our courses that haven’t been answered online, contact a member of our team. We are always happy to help, simply call +44 03301242165 or email hello@acadame.co.uk today.

Successful construction supervision: SSSTS

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SSSTS: Site Safety Plus / Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme

It is no secret that working in the construction industry has a unique set of risks and lots of them, from heavy machinery, exposed electricity, excavations and even just the Great British weather. Comprised health and safety not only pose danger to the workers on site but can also significantly hinder the progress of a project, increase workflows and reduce profitability, with one major incident halting work while an investigation takes place. One way to keep things running smoothly is to prevent accidents by equipping the supervisory staff with suitable health and safety training. Our SSSTS course in Stoke is just the ticket – so what’s all the fuss about?


Designed for supervisors or those who want to progress and become one, the SSSTS course in Stoke is for those who oversee a team or want to, no matter how small or large. Supervisors are generally the middle point of contact between staff members and the managerial staff and so it is vital that they can be relied on by those both below and above them in the hierarchy to provide safety and challenge poor safety. This course is delivered in a legislative context, and covers law that effects decision-making processes, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. By ensuring Acadame learners become familiar with the legal implications of their procedures, our trainers can then equip them with the necessary information needed to complete a risk assessment that covers a range of realistic scenarios.


The CITB SSSTS course covers a variety of situations including demolition work, fire hazards, working at heights, electrical dangers and confined spaces. By providing supervisors with training that makes them effective at managing and reducing these risks, businesses who enrol them on the course can boost the overall success of the organisation by preventing injury to members of staff and making sure all practices are legally compliant.

For more information about our SSSTS course running not just in Stoke-on-Trent but nationally, book or just contact our team to discuss.

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