How to get a GQA Blue Skilled Worker CSCS Card

In January 2015, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) made a unanimous decision to endorse card schemes bearing the CSCS logo. This directive applies to all sectors of the industry, including trade associations, contractors, clients, and government entities, with no alternatives being considered.

GQA’s Q-Card is a collaborative partner program alongside CSCS and holds exclusive responsibility for the Glazing/Fenestration and Glass-related industries.

The validity period of this card is five years, and to apply for it, you must have successfully obtained your occupational qualification and completed the HSE Test within the past two years.

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How to get a GQA Blue Skilled Worker CSCS Card

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How do I apply for a GQA Blue Skilled Worker CSCS Card?

Not sure when your card expires? You can either download the CSCS Smart Check app on App Store or Google Play to check any construction industry card displaying the CSCS logo, or you can use the online card checker.

Achieved a construction related NVQ/SVQ level 2 or SVQ at SCQF level 5.
Completed an apprenticeship, such as an Employer sponsored apprenticeship, a City and Guilds Craft Certificate (CGLI) or a CSCS Approved Apprenticeship Standard.

If you aren’t sure which HS&E test is relevant to your occupation, use the Card Finder to find the relevant route.

The quickest and most convenient way to apply for your GQA Blue Skilled card is via the GQA Application Service.

The Q-Card can also be requested by completing an application form which can be obtained by email on or by calling 01142-720033.

Application forms will be checked, processed and if all is correct, a card will be issued, normally within 7 working days. All GQA CSCS Q-Cards cost £30.

CITB Internet Test Centre (ITC)

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 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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