How to get a Red Provisional CSCS Card

The Red Temporary Provisional card is designated for individuals navigating probationary periods during which employers evaluate their suitability for employment.

This card is exclusively available to applicants who have not previously held a CSCS card, and it can only be applied for once. Its validity is six months, and renewal is not an option. Prior to its expiration, Provisional cardholders are expected to either achieve or be officially registered for a recognised construction-related qualification and proceed to apply for the suitable CSCS card corresponding to their job role.

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How to get a Red Provisional CSCS Card

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How do I apply for a Red Provisional 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.

You should complete the CITB Health & Safety Awareness Course. We have one running weekly from our centre in Stoke-on-Trent. Alternatively you can complete an RQF Level 1/SCQF Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.

All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test (HSE) for operatives or any other test relevant to your role. You can select this option when booking online or let the team know if you’re booking over the phone.

The quickest and most convenient way to apply for your Red Provisional CSCS card is via the CSCS online application service.

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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