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 CSCS Health, Safety & Environment Test. There are 150 CSCS test centres nationwide including in Leeds.
What to Expect in the Test
When you arrive, the staff on hand will check your ID, verify you are scheduled to take the test at that time, and then take a photo of you for security purposes. The test itself will take 45 minutes and will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions. When you finish you will be given your result certificate.
What to Take With You
The most important thing to take with you is an acceptable form of identification. No ID, no test. No exceptions. Valid IDs include a UK driving license or passport.
If you do not have one of those you will need to show 2 alternative forms of ID. These include an EU Country ID card, a Trade Union card, a British Armed Forces card, a credit or debit card, a National Insurance card or a recent bank statement.
What to do Before Going to the Test Centre
It is strongly suggested that you spend time revising before going for your test. Of candidates who fail the test nearly 3/4 failed to revise before taking the test.
How do I Book a Test?
Click the book now button below and follow the steps. Your test date and time will be send to your email usually within 24 hours.
About The Different CITB Tests
There is some confusion about the various tests that must be passed in order to obtain the different CSCS Cards. The confusion seems to stem from the fact that a few websites talk about the CSCS test in Leeds as though it were different from the CITB health, safety and environment test. It's not.
The test you take at the Leeds Test Centre will be a variation of the CITB HS&E test. That test features different levels of difficulty depending on what CSCS Card you're trying to obtain. Nonetheless, they are all some version of the CITB health, safety and environment test. Currently, there are 3 versions of the CITB test, they are:
- Operatives Test
- Operatives or Specialist Test
- Specialist, Managers or Professionals Test
Let's take a closer look at the 3 types of tests now.
The Operatives Test
Of the 3 levels of CITB test, the Operatives Test is the most basic. But you would be mistaken if you believed it was easy. Unfortunately, many wind up making that mistaken assumption, fail, and have to take the test over again. Do yourself a favour and study in the days leading up to the test.
The Operatives Test is given to those who have never had a CSCS Card before and wish to obtain a CSCS Red Card (Provisional), and for those who want to work as labourers on UK construction sites but need a Green Card to do so.
The Operatives or Specialist Test
The Operatives or Specialist Test is the next level up the ladder of CITB tests and is given to those seeking a Blue Card (Skilled Worker), Red Card (Apprentice, Experienced Worker or Trainee), or a Gold Card (either Supervisory or Advanced)
Remember that in order to obtain one of those CSCS Cards you will also need to satisfy various prerequisites unrelated to the CSCS test in Leeds.
The Specialist, Managers or Professionals Test
The highest level of CITB HS&E test is the Specialist, Managers or Professionals Test. This is administered to those seeking a CSCS Black Card (Manager), CSCS Red Card (Technical, Supervisory or Managers), or CSCS White Card (Academically or Professionally Qualified Person).
Make sure you check the official CSCS website to determine what prerequisites you will need in order to obtain the particular card you’re after.