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 Portsmouth.
What to Expect in the Test
When you arrive, the staff on hand will check your ID and verify that you are scheduled to take the test at that time. They will then take a photo of you for security purposes. The test itself will take 45 minutes and consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. When you finish, you will be given your results certificate.
If you fail the exam, you can register for the next exam three days after the first exam. You should also purchase exam material to help you prepare for your retake. You can find this review material by following this link
It is highly recommended that you use this study material, especially if you don’t pass on your first try. Our revision material significantly increases your likelihood of getting a passing score.
Do you need to retake the CITB exam? Click this link
and fill out the requested information to get started.
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 your 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. Additionally, you may click here
for a complete list of approved alternative IDs.
What to Do Before Going to the Test Centre
For the best results, be sure to carefully look over your study material before taking the exam. If you need help preparing for the CITB test, please click here
to find out how you can get revision material.
How Do I Book a Test?
Are you prepared to take the CITB test in Portsmouth? To register, simply click here
and fill out our online form to apply. You will be asked to provide some basic information to get you registered.
Your test date and time are sent to the email address that you provide us. This information typically arrives within 24 hours.
Make Sure You Take the Right Test
There are 3 different CITB Health, Safety and Environment tests and it's crucial that you schedule the right test for the card you’re after. The tests currently being given are:
1: The Operatives Test
The Operatives Test is the most basic CITB HS&E test, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. You would do well to pick up some revision materials and put them to use. That said, the Operatives Test is given to those looking for a Green Card to work as a labourer on construction sites in Portsmouth, or a Provisional Red Card that provides the holder access to sites for specific academic or professional reasons.
2: The Specialist Test
The next step up from the Operatives Test is the Specialist Test. This test should be taken by those with special skills, such as Electricians, Gas Engineers, Pipe Fitters and others who wish to gain entry to UK Construction sites. Those seeking a Blue Card (Skilled Workers), Red Card (Experienced Worker, Apprentice or Trainee), or a Gold Card (Supervisory) should take the Specialist Test.
3: The Managers and Professionals Test
The highest level of CITB Test is the Managers and Professionals Test. This is given to people who occupy upper-level positions in the construction industry. If you are seeking a Red Card (Technical, Supervisory or Managerial), White Card (Academic or Professional), or Black Card (Managerial) you will need to take this test
Tips to Help with the Test
Tip 1: Preparation is the key - Most people who fail these tests failed to study beforehand. Buy some quality revision materials and use them.
Tip 2: Learn the software - You’ll have an opportunity prior to the test to get familiar with the test software. Make good use of this opportunity.
Tip 3: Don’t waste time on 1 question - If it takes you more than a minute to answer, either guess and move on or move on and circle back to the question later.
Tip 4: Answer all the questions - A guess gives you a 20-25% chance of being right. A blank gives you no chance. If you don’t know, don’t leave it blank, make a guess.