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 Preston.
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 consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. When you finish, you will receive your results certificate.
If you fail the exam, you can register for the next exam three days after the first exam. We also recommend that you purchase revision material to help you prepare for retaking the test.
You can find revision material by following this link
. It is strongly recommended that you make use of these materials, especially if you don’t pass the first time. In doing so, you will significantly increase the likelihood of earning a passing score.
If you need to register to retake the exam, you can do so by clicking here
What to Take With You
You must bring an acceptable form of identification. If you don’t have a valid ID, you won’t be able to take your test (no exceptions). The most commonly accepted forms of ID include your UK driving license or your passport.
If you don’t have either, you will need to provide two alternate forms of identification. Acceptable documents include an EU Country ID card, Trade Union card, British Armed Forces card, credit or debit card, National Insurance card, or your most recent bank statement. Click here
to see a complete list of acceptable ID alternatives.
What to Do Before Going to the Test Centre
To ensure the best results, always review your study notes before coming in. If you need assistance preparing, click here
for more information. Please note that ¾ of those who failed the CITB exam did so because they didn’t study.
How Do I Book a Test?
Ready to take your CITB test in Preston? Simply click here
to fill out our online form. After providing the necessary information, we will email your test time and date. This information typically arrives within 24 hours.A Guide to CITB Tests in Preston
Taking the right level of test is essential if you want to hold the appropriate CSCS card. The following guide should help you work out which is the right test to take:
- The Operatives Test is the test to obtain a CSCS Green Card (Labourer) or a CSCS Red Card (Provisional)
- The Specialists Test is the test to obtain a CSCS Red Card (Trainee, Apprentice or Experienced Worker), CSCS Blue Card (Skilled Worker) or CSCS Gold Card (Supervisory or Advanced)
- The Managers or Professionals Test is the test to obtain a CSCS Red Card (Technical, Supervisor or Managers), a CSCS White Card (Academically or Professionally Qualified Person) or a CSCS Black Card (Manager)
Passing Your CITB Test
All 3 levels of the CITB test are challenging so you will need to prepare yourself to sit whichever one is appropriate for you. While there is no method that you can implement to guarantee a pass, there are steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of success.
- Revise thoroughly before you take the test. Nothing will prepare you more for your CITB test than revising beforehand. Make sure you use high-quality materials to improve your knowledge of the type of content that will feature in the test.
- Answer every question. The pass mark of 45 out of 50 is high so you will need to answer every question to increase your chances of passing. Even if you miss just a couple of questions, it will mean you have to get pretty much all of the questions you did answer correct, which is very difficult to do in this type of test.
- Use your test time wisely. Try not to spend too long on one question as you only have 45 minutes to answer all 50 questions. Spending too long on some questions will cause you to have to rush later questions making the test even more challenging for you.
Don’t panic. While your CITB test can be quite a nerve-wracking experience, try to stay calm and think clearly. If you have prepared properly, you should be able to pass the test first time.