The CSCS card is a way to verify that people working on construction sites have the appropriate knowledge and training. This helps prevent on-the-job mishaps that endanger everyone's health and safety. You obtain a CSCS card by taking the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test. There are 150 CITB test centres nationwide including in Chester.
Book the CITB Test in Chester
The CSCS Card has enhanced safety on construction sites across the UK. If you don’t have one it will be difficult to find work in the construction industry. To obtain a CSCS Card you must pass a test that demonstrates your knowledge of health and safety issues.
What to Expect in the Test
When you arrive at the Chester Test Centre expect to have your photo taken for security purposes. After a brief wait, the CITB Test will commence and you will have 45 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions.
What to Take With You
You will not need a pencil, but you will need an acceptable form of identification, typically a UK driving license or passport with photo and signature.
If you don’t have either one you will still be able to take the CITB Test if you can show 2 alternative forms of ID. Acceptable alternatives include a credit or debit card, a bank statement, or a British Armed Forces ID. See a complete list of alternative IDs here
What to do Before Going to the Test Centre
Revision is the single most important thing you can do before the test. You can find revision aids here
How do I Book a Test?
Book your CITB Test in Chester using our simple and convenient online form
If you are trying to find work in the UK construction industry, the chances are you would have heard about CSCS cards. Some explanations can make them sound quite confusing but, in simple terms, they are proof that the cardholder has passed the relevant test and has been deemed safe to work on-site.
The test that all CSCS cardholders have to pass is the CITB Health, Safety, and Environment Test. This is the test people are referring to when they say CITB test. The CITB test actually covers 3 different levels - all of which can be taken at our Chester Test Centre. The 3 levels are:
- The Operatives Test
- The Specialists Test
- The Managers or Professionals Test
The type of work you want to do will help you decide which level you need to take. For example, the Operatives Test is appropriate for those looking to do general labouring, whereas the Specialists Test is for those who will be working in a specialist role such as an electrician or plumber. The Managers and Professionals Test is the top level of the CITB test and is for construction workers who will take on senior positions within the industry.
It’s worth mentioning that a CSCS card is not a legal requirement so it is optional as to whether you decide to hold one or not. However, most construction companies will only accept workers who hold the relevant CSCS card. With that in mind, your opportunities for work are greatly increased if you have the right card.
A Quick Guide to Find the Right Test to Take
To help you find the right test to take, we have come up with a very simple guide.
Operatives Test - CSCS Green Card (Labourer) or a CSCS Red Card (Provisional)
Specialists Test - CSCS Red Card (Trainee, Apprentice or Experienced Worker), CSCS Blue Card (Skilled Worker) or CSCS Gold Card (Supervisory or Advanced)
Managers or Professionals Test - CSCS Red Card (Technical, Supervisor or Managers), CSCS White Card (Academically or Professionally Qualified Person), or CSCS Black Card (Manager)
If you are still unsure which the right test is for you, speaking to your site supervisor can be helpful.