The Constructions Skills Card Scheme (CSCS), administered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), can be confusing at the best of times and is a subject often asked about. Here are a few sample enquiries…
Black CSCS Card with an Overseas Degree?
Despite my request was for the black Card the CSCS looking on my overseas degree and work experience they recommended for me to apply for AQP.
However, on the web site it request at least a three years of experience for attaining Black card. My inquires are, did my past 8 years overseas experience will be accounted on the evaluation to black card after I attain AQP or is it mandatory for me to be hired in UK to qualify for the black Card?
If I have to be hired in UK shall I have to work at least for three years to request for the level or can I be qualified to apply for the card immediately after getting the job?
Regretfully, your overseas experience does not count towards the Black card.
To get a black card you have to complete the NVQ level 4 or 5 Site Management.
Obviously though, your past experience will be a advantage in terms of achieving this new qualification.
Applying for the Green Card
Hi I am asking on behalf of my son 17 yrs old taking NVQ level 1 construction at college. He passed his test on health & safety but needs to take 30 hours work experience to help course work.
But because my elder son who is self employed on red card will take him to help his course work and teach him extra things for doing bricklaying etc, Please can you help him as to which way to apply for the green card either through college or personally take test as my elder son won’t take him until he is in line with law.
It is probably going to be faster if he applies for the card directly but bear in mind he will have to do the mandatory health and safety course first, if he hasn’t already.
More info here:
There is no requirement in law for anyone to have a CSCS card; it is a scheme operated by large construction companies as a measure of basic competence for workers on their sites. If he is not going to be working on a site where the card scheme is in operation he doesn’t need to have any card.
2nd Year Apprentice
I have a second year Plumbing apprentice starting Does he need a cscs card to work on a building site. Or can I get a red apprentice card for him until his nvq course finishes?
He only needs a card if he is going to be working on a site where the card scheme is in operation.
If he is on a recognised apprentice scheme he can apply for the Red Apprentice Card
If he is not on a recognised scheme but still doing the NVQ he should apply for the Red Trainee Card which is valid for 5 years and can not be renewed. The idea is that by this time he will have the NVQ and be able to go onto the Blue Skilled Worker Card.
As a temporary measure he could apply for a Red Provisional Card until he can start the NVQ.
The fallback option, if he is not going to be doing the NVQ, is the green labourers card.
Difference between green/gold card?
Hello, what is the difference between the green card and gold card please? Qualifications held are welding and fabrication City and Guilds level 3. I have been told a gold card is required – is this necessary? Can I just attend the standard CITB health, safety and environment test or would I need to attend a higher level course?
Many thanks for your help.
The green card is the basic card required by site labourers or anyone for who there is no alternative card available. The only requirement for the card is to have attended a half-day safety awareness course and the CITB health, safety and environment test.
There are two kinds of gold card, one for site supervisors who must have done the NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Site Supervision.
The other gold cards is for trades who have achieved a level 3, advanced craft certificate. They must also do the Operative or the Specialist health safety and environment test which is slightly more difficult than the standard test.
Bear in mind that you only need a card if you will be working on a site where the CSCS card scheme is in operation. There is no legal requirement to have a card at all. However, since adoption of the scheme is fairly widespread, it makes sense to have one anyway should the need arise.
Card for a labourer doing NVQ
My son (17) has been offered a labourer role part-time to run alongside his NVQ level 1 General maintenance/plastering/bricklaying, he has completed his first year and will start level 2 in September, please can you advise ASAP which card he will need to apply for and how to go about this, he has called but the automated service was not helpful and he could not speak to anyone, will he still need to sit the H & S test??
As a labourer he can apply for the Green Labourer Card. This also requires completion of a half-day health and safety course but if he can prove he has completed the first year of his NVQ this is not needed.
In both instances he’ll need to complete the appropriate Health, Safety & Environment test. It is possible to have both cards at the same time btw.
If you need to contact CSCS directly you can email them and they will answer you eventually (it can take two weeks though). For non urgent enquiries it is a lot less stressful.
Sadly the main construction companies want to have a very high turnover of low skilled employees and CSCS can not cope with the sheer number of people needing to get a card.