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 Swindon.
What to Expect in the Test
When you arrive, just show your ID to the staff. Then they will take a picture of you (for security purposes) and confirm your test time. After the exam begins, you have 45 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate with grades.
If you fail the test, you can always register to retake it three days after your first try. We also suggest that you buy study materials to help you prepare for your retake.
You can find revision materials by following this link
. We strongly advise that you use these materials, especially if you are retaking the CITB test.
Studying before taking the exam improves your chances of earning a passing score. If you’re ready to retake the exam, click here
to fill out our online form.
What to Take With You
You must bring acceptable identification. If you do not have a valid ID, you will not be able to take the exam (without exception). The most commonly accepted forms of identification include your UK driving license or passport.
If you do not have either, you need to provide two alternative forms of identification. Acceptable documents include:
● EU Country cards
● Trade Union cards
● National Insurance cards
● Your most recent bank statement
● British Armed Forces cards
● Credit or debit cards
If you like, you can click here
to see a complete list of acceptable ID alternatives.
What to Do Before Going to the Test Centre
For the best results, be sure to double-check your test material before arriving. If you need help preparing for the CITB exam, you can click here
for revision information.
How Do I Book a Test?
If you are ready to take the CITB test in Swindon, simply click here
and fill out our online form. After providing the requested information, we will email your test time and date. This information usually arrives within 24 hours.Which CITB Test Should You Take?
Whatever CSCS Card you are looking to hold, you will always have to pass the CITB Health, Safety, and Environment Test.
If you are trying to work out which of the 3 levels of CITB Test to book at our Swindon Test Centre, you will find the following very useful.
The Operatives Test
The Operatives Test is the most basic of the 3 CITB Tests.
It is the right test for you if you are trying to obtain a CSCS Green Card (Labourer) or a CSCS Red Card (Provisional)
Despite this test being the most basic, it should not be thought of as an easy test. It is a challenging test that requires preparation and revision in order to pass.
You will need a basic knowledge of your job role and you should understand all of the basic Health and Safety implications of your actions while working on a construction site.
The Specialist Test
The Specialist Test is the second level of CITB Test and expects a deeper understanding of Health and Safety on construction sites.
This test is aimed at workers who have special skills such as Pipe Fitters and Engineers.
If you are trying to get a Blue Card as a Skilled Worker, a Red Card as a Trainee, Apprentice, or Experienced worker, or a Gold Card for supervisory work - the Specialist Test will be the one you need to take.
The Managers and Professionals Test
The Managers and Professionals Test is the highest level of CITB Test.
It expects a deep understanding of construction site Health and Safety and goes into much more detail about the types of information covered in the other 2 tests.
This is the test for senior position holders who want to hold a Red Card (Technical, Supervisor, Manager), White Card for Academics and Professionals, or Black Card for Managers.
Preparing For Your CITB Test
Whichever level of CITB Test you are taking, you should use high-quality revision materials to make sure you have a good level of understanding about the topics likely to be covered in your test.