The CSCS White Card is issued in three types to suit professionally qualified operatives, those with a relevant academic qualification and those in occupations for where a there is currently no recognised qualification.
White/Grey – Construction Related Occupation (CRO) Card – this card is for workers whose occupation does not have an NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or higher or relevant trade specific units in place.
This card is valid for five years. The card is renewable upon application, providing CSCS health and safety requirements are met.
The current list of CRO occupations covered by the scheme can be found here.
White/Yellow Professionally Qualified Person (PQP) Card – this card is for competency assessed members of professional bodies. For a current list of acceptable competence assessed grades see here.
In addition to the competency requirements you should also have CPD records for the past two years which should be verified by a current member of the Professional Institution you belong to and whose membership is equal to, or higher than yours.
Apply with the PQP form. You will also need to pass the Managerial and Professional health, safety & environment test.
This card lasts for five years and may be renewed on verification of the current PQP criteria.
Academically Qualified Person (AQP) Card – This new card has been issued to cover people with relevant academic qualifications but have not yet achieved the necessary NVQ to gain the CSCS card.
The new Academically Qualified Person (AQP) Card is valid for 5 years and when it runs out you will not be able to reapply; it is assumed you will, by this time, have gained the relevant NVQ for your occupation.
The card covers a range of construction and civil engineering qualifications including HNC/HND’s, BSc Honours and Masters MSc Degrees. There is a full list of acceptable qualifications here.