CSCS stands for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. CSCS cards are a widely recognised certification system in the construction industry and although Acadame should not be confused with being directly associated with the CSCS scheme, we are a provider of courses and qualifications which enable construction workers to apply for these CSCS cards.
These cards are used to verify that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for their specific job roles.
CSCS cards come in various colours, each denoting the holder’s skill level and occupation within the construction industry. The different card colours represent different skill levels and professions, ranging from entry-level labourers to highly skilled tradespeople and management roles.
Not sure which card is right for you? The CSCS Card Finder Tool can help confirm which card you need for your occupation.
Below are just some of the reasons why CSCS Cards are a must have for a career in construction.
Whether you’re after a Green Labourer card, or a Black Manager card. Look no further than Acadame for your courses, qualifications and tests to further your construction career.
An Internet Test Centre (ITC) is a centre approved by CITB to provide testing facilities for tests such as the Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) test and Managers and Professionals (MaPs) test as well as many more.
Completing the HSE tests is a step towards your CSCS card, you will also need your individual course or qualifications depending on which card you want, for example the Green Labourers CSCS card you will have to have completed a Level 1 H&S or CITB Health & Safety Awareness Course and a CITB HS&E Operatives Test to apply for your Green Labourers CSCS card.
View the different coloured cards below to view which qualifications and CITB Tests you require or head over to the CSCS Card Finder for a more detailed search.
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If you are unsure which HS&E test to take, use the CSCS Card Finder. Simply enter your occupation or qualification into Card Finder and follow the steps on the screen. Card Finder will show you which card you are eligible for and which CITB HS&E test you need to take.
The appropriate test for you will depend on your occupation and the qualifications you hold. Please make sure that you sit the correct test as completing the wrong one will delay your CSCS card application.
There are three types of CITB HS&E test:
Operatives – tests for a basic level of health, safety and environmental awareness.
This test is required when applying for the Labourer card, the Trainee card, the Apprentice card, most Blue Skilled Worker cards and most Gold Advanced Craft cards.
Manager and Professionals
Manager and Professionals – tests for everything in the operative test, plus additional material relevant to managers and professionals.
This test is required when applying for the Black Managers card and the Academically or Professionally Qualified person cards.
Specialists – tests for everything in the operative test, plus additional material relating to a specialist area such as supervision or working at heights.
Specialist tests are required when applying for the Gold Supervisor card, as well as Blue Skilled Worker and Gold Advanced Craft cards in certain occupations.