Is the CSCS test hard?

09. 11. 2021.  

The CSCS test is not a difficult test to pass so long as you take the necessary steps to prepare yourself. 

There are of course different types of the CSCS test that can be taken by construction workers. These are reviewed on our blog post titled ‘What is the CSCS Test?’ The format for the test however will usually be the same and will consist of the following: 

  • 12 questions that deal with what action you think is appropriate in a particular real life scenario on site so that safety is maintained. 
  • 38 further questions which explore both what you know about specific health and safety issues as well as environmental issues. 

The most common test (and one which you will need to take to obtain the CSCS Green card) is the Operatives test. This will follow the format explained above.

One extremely useful way to prepare for the CITB Health, Safety & Environment test is to attempt some of the various mock tests which are available for free online.

What else can I do to prepare?

The most effective way to ensure that you pass the CSCS test is to adequately revise for the exam. We offer both physical books and online revision material which you can access on a phone or computer from our revision section, should you wish to make sure that you have the best possible chance of passing your test first time: 

In essence, a large part of being successful in your test, and more broadly in your work within the construction industry is to use common sense when working in what can always be a potentially dangerous environment. When making preparations for your test it would be beneficial to keep in mind some of the following: 

What to expect from the construction industry: 

  • Your employer must know when you’re on site
  • Your employer must always give you a site induction
  • Your employer must advise you on site specific information 
  • Your employer should always encourage open communication
  • Your employer must keep you informed and up to date with any developments

What to expect from yourself when working in the construction industry: 

  • You must respect sites rules
  • You must safely prepare in each task you undertake
  • You must carry out each task responsibly and with care
  • You must know when to stop in case of emergency or hazards 
  • You must continue to learn and maintain awareness 

You should also be sure to brush up your learning on some key topics. These may be: 

  • Dust & fumes
  • Health & welfare
  • Fire prevention & control
  • Environmental awareness & waste control
  • Working at height
  • Site transport safety & lifting operations
  • Excavations & confined places
  • Safety signs 
  • Manual handling
  • Electrical safety, tools & equipment
  • Noise & vibration
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) 
  • Hazardous substances
  • General responsibilities
  • First aid & emergency procedures
  • Accident reporting & recording

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