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 Northampton.
What to Expect in the Test
The exam day is simple and straightforward. On arrival, simply show your ID to the staff and take your photo (for security). After the start of the exam, you have 45 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions. When finished, you will receive your certificate of results.
If you fail the exam, you can register for a retake in three days. We highly recommend that you purchase revision materials to prepare for the retake. You can find these materials by following this link
We strongly advise that you use these materials, especially if you fail the CSCS exam the first time. Studying for the test significantly increases your chances of earning a passing score.
If you need to sign up to take the CSCS test again, you can do so by clicking here
. Fill out our online form with the requested information to get started.
What to Take With You
You must have an acceptable form of identification with you on test day. If you do not have a valid ID, you will not be able to take the CSCS exam (no exceptions). The most commonly accepted forms of identification include your UK driver’s license or passport.
If you don’t have one of these forms of identification, you will need to provide two alternative forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID 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 your latest bank statement.
To view a complete list of permitted alternatives, please follow this link
and explore the FAQ.
What to Do Before Going to the Test Centre
For the best results, always double-check your study materials before taking the CSCS exam. If you need help preparing for the test, click here
to learn how you can acquire revision material.
How Do I Book a Test?
Ready to take the Northampton CSCS test? All you need to do is click here
and fill out our online form to apply.Which Test You Need to Take
If you are new to the CSCS Card programme, you may find it difficult to know which test you need to take. To that end, we have outlined the different tests below.
Firstly, there are three types of test you can take. The Operatives Test, The Specialists Test and the Managers or Professionals Test.
The Operatives Test: This is the most common test as it covers a wide range of trades, including General Labourers, Site Operatives, Bricklayers, Joiners, Carpenters, Painters & Decorators, Plasterers, Ground-workers and more. As well as being the most common, this is the most basic test, and will help you obtain a CSCS Green Card (Labourer) or a CSCS Red Card (Provisional).
The Specialists Test: This is a more advanced test that will help you obtain a CSCS Red Card (Trainee, Apprentice or Experienced Worker), CSCS Blue Card (Skilled Worker) or CSCS Gold Card (Supervisory or Advanced). This test is generally for Plumbers, Electricians, Pipefitters or others with more specialist skills.
The Managers or Professionals Test: This is the toughest test you can do, and is for people who occupy higher-level positions in construction. This test will help you obtain a CSCS Red Card (Technical, Supervisor or Managers), a CSCS White Card (Academically or Professionally Qualified Person) or a CSCS Black Card (Manager).
If you are still unsure about which test or card might be right for you, it may be worth checking with your site supervisor.
Tips to Help You Pass the Test
As with any test, preparation is key. The most common reason that people fail these tests is because they assume they are easy, do not do enough revision and then struggle on the day. Remember the old saying – fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
Here are our top tips to help you pass:
- Revise, revise, revise – do not underestimate the test as many others have done before you – this can end in failure and a need to re-sit it
- Don’t leave any questions unanswered – a guess gives you a chance of getting it right – leaving it blank gives you a 100 percent chance of getting it wrong
Don’t spend too long on one question if you’re stuck – move on and come back to it later.