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 Leicester.
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. For a full list of alternative IDs click here
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.
A Few Words About the Different CITB Tests
Virtually every significant construction site in the UK (and most construction companies) require workers to have valid CSCS Cards. To get a card you need to take the CITB safety, health and environment test. But there are different levels of CITB test, so which one should you take to get the card you want?
Currently, there are 3 levels of CITB test. They are:
- Operatives Test
- Operatives or Specialist Test
- Specialist, Managers or Professionals Test
Let’s look at the different levels and some of the cards they apply to.
The Operatives Test is the base level CITB test and is given to those hoping to obtain a CSCS Red Card (Provisional), or those hoping to get a Green Card and work as a Labourer. Provisional Red Cards are only given to individuals who have never held any sort of CSCS Card before. While Green Cards are only given to those who have completed either the HSA one-day level 1 course or completed and passed the online CSCS Green Card course.
While the Operatives Test is the easiest of the CITB health, safety and environment tests it also has the highest failure rate. It is believed this is because people think it’s no big deal and they show up to take this CSCS test in Leicester without studying. Don’t make that mistake.
Operatives or Specialist Test
If you are hoping to obtain a CSCS Blue Card (Skilled Worker), a Red Card (either Apprentice, Experienced Worker or Trainee), or a Gold Card, make sure you sign up for the Operatives or Specialist Test. This test is significantly more difficult than the standard Operatives Test so you would be well advised to engage in thorough revision in the days leading up to the test.
These cards also come with certain prerequisites attached. If you do not satisfy them you will not be issued a card, regardless of what your CITB test score is.
Specialist, Managers or Professionals Test
The highest level of CITB test is the Specialist, Managers or Professionals Test. This test is intended for those hoping to get a CSCS Black Card (Manager), A Red Card (Technical, Supervisory or Managers), or a White Card (Academically or Professionally Qualified Person).
Keep in mind that if you are trying to get a CSCS Card but it’s been more than 2 years since you took the relevant CITB test, you will need to be retested.