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 Manchester.
What to Expect in the Test
Upon arrival, the staff will verify your identity and confirm that you are scheduled to take the exam. Then, you will be photographed for security reasons.
The test itself is a multiple-choice test with 50 questions and takes 45 minutes. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of your test results.
If you fail the exam, you can register for a retake three days after the first exam. We also encourage you to purchase revision materials to help you prepare for the retake exam. You can find these materials by following this link
It is strongly recommended that you use these materials, especially if this is not your first time taking the exam. Studying for the CSCS test greatly increases the likelihood of obtaining a passing score.
If you need to re-register to retake the exam, please click here
and fill in the requested information.
What to Take With You
You need a valid ID to take the CSCS exam. You cannot take the exam without this (no exceptions). A valid proof of identity is your UK driving license or passport.
If you don’t have these forms of identification, you must bring two alternative forms of identification for verification. Acceptable secondary IDs include British Armed Forces cards, recent bank statements, National Insurance cards, EU Country ID cards, credit or debit cards, or Trade Union cards.
To review the complete list of accepted IDs, please click here
What to Do Before Going to the Test Centre
Failure to study before the exam may result in a poor score. Be sure to check our Revision materials to help you brush up before retaking the test. You can find this material by following this link
How Do I Book a Test?
I’m ready to book my CSCS test in Manchester, now what? To apply to take the exam, simply click this link
and fill out our online form.
Determining Which CSCS Test to Take
Whether a person is trying to earn their first CSCS card or they need to upgrade, no cards can be issued until they take and pass the appropriate CITB health, safety and environment test. All the tests mentioned below are different levels of the CITB test. Which one is appropriate for you will depend on which type of card you want to obtain.
Before you go ahead and book a CSCS test in Manchester it's important that you know exactly which test you should be taking. That way you do not walk into the test centre unprepared. Currently, there are three levels of CITB test:
- The Operatives Test
- The Operatives or Specialist Test
- The Specialist, Managers or Professionals Test
The Operatives Test
If you are seeking a CSCS card for the first time - that would be a Red Card (Provisional) - or you wish to work as a labourer in the UK construction industry - for that you’d need a Green Card (Labourer) - the basic Operatives Test is for you.
Many people show up for the basic Operatives Test thinking it’s no big deal and wind up failing. Don’t make this mistake. The Operatives Test may be the lowest level of CITB tests, but that does not mean it’s easy. People who pass and obtain their Green or Red Card are usually those who have invested time in revision prior to their testing date.
The Operatives or Specialist Test
Skilled workers hoping to obtain a Blue Card, Apprentices, Trainees or Experienced workers hoping to obtain a Red Card, and those seeking a Gold Card will need to take the Operatives or Specialist test.
The Operatives of Specialist test is more detailed and technically orientated than the basic operatives test and will require a firm grasp of the relevant construction concepts, safety issues and environmental hazards related to their particular field. Be aware too that certain prerequisites apply to those hoping to obtain one of these cards.
Specialist, Managers or Professionals Test
Last, but certainly not least, those wishing to obtain a CSCS Black Card (Manager), CSCS Red Card (Technical, Supervisory, Managers), or CSCS White Card (Academically or Professionally Qualified Person), will need to pass the Specialist, Managers or Professionals test. Again, visit the official CSCS website to learn about any prerequisites before you show up to take your CSCS test in Manchester.