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 Sidcup.
What to Expect in the Test
When you arrive, the staff on hand will check your ID and verify you are scheduled to take the test at that time. You will then have your picture taken for security purposes. The test itself takes 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 review materials to help you prepare for the retake.
You can find an overview of the exam materials under this link
. It is strongly recommended that you use these materials, especially if this is not your first time taking the exam.
By studying before taking the CITB test, you can significantly increase the probability of obtaining a passing score on your retake. To retake the exam, click here
and fill out the requested information.
What to Take With You
You must bring acceptable identification in order to take the CITB test. If you do not have a valid ID, you will not be allowed to take the exam (no exceptions).
The most common forms of identification include a UK driver’s license or passport. If you don’t have these forms of identification, you need to provide two alternative forms of identification.
These include your EU Country ID card, Trade Union Card, British Armed Forces Card, credit or debit card, National Insurance card, or your latest bank statements. Additionally, you can click here
for a complete list of approved identification alternatives.
What to Do Before Going to the Test Centre
To ensure that you get the best results on your test, always revise your exam information before coming in. If you need assistance preparing for test day, click here
for revision information.
How Do I Book a Test?
Are you ready to take your CITB test in Sidcup? Simply click here
to fill out our online form. We just need to collect some basic information from you to begin the application process.Figuring Out the Right Test for You
It’s important to take some time to figure out which is the right test for you, before making a booking. The following information may be of use and explains the three main tests that are on offer.
The Operatives Test: This is the most basic test, and will help you obtain a CSCS Green Card (Labourer) or a CSCS Red Card (Provisional). As well as being the most basic, it is the most common, as it suits a wide range of trades – such as General Labouring, Bricklaying and Joinery.
The Specialists Test: This test 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 is advised for people working in more specialised roles, such as electrical installation and plumbing.
The Managers or Professionals Test: 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). It’s the toughest test on offer and is suited for people working in higher-level construction roles.
If you still can’t work out which test or card might be right for you, we advise checking with your site supervisor.
How to Prepare For the Test
These tests aren't easy. And even The Operatives Test, which is described as the most basic test, can trip you up. Here are our top tips on how you can best prepare yourself:
Revision, revision, revision. This is the simplest and most effective way you can maximise your chances of passing these tests. Find some appropriate revision materials and then find time to go through them and ready yourself.
Don’t dwell. Something that is common with these tests is people spending so long on one question that they run out of time for others. If you’re stuck on something, move on and then come back to it later. Similarly, if you really are stuck, a guess is better than no answer at all.
Arrive early. This is another simple but effective tip. Make sure you arrive at the Sidcup test centre in plenty of time so you aren’t rushing and panicking when the test begins.