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 Watford.
What to Expect in the Test
Before you can take the CITB exam, the staff needs to verify your identity and confirm that you are scheduled to take the exam at that time. Furthermore, they are required to take your photo (for security reasons).
The test is made up of 50 multiple-choice questions and takes 45 minutes to complete. Once you’re finished taking the exam, you will receive your certificate with your test results.
If you don’t pass, you may enrol to take the exam again three days after the first exam. Please be sure to review study materials to help you get ready for the retake. The exam study materials can be found by clicking here
Studying for the CITB test in advance greatly increases your likelihood of earning passing results. In the event that you fail the first time, studying will likely ensure a passing score on your retake. If you would like to register to retake the CITB test, follow this link
to get started.
What to Take With You
Everyone is required to have a valid ID on the day of the CITB test. If you don’t have one, you will not be allowed to test. Valid proof of identity includes:
- UK driving license
If you don’t have one of these identifying documents, you may bring two alternative forms of identification.
- British Armed Forces Card
- National Insurance Card
- Credit Card Debit Card
- Paper Driving License
- Inland Revenue Card
- UK Travel Document
- Proof of Age Card
- Trade Union Card
- Work ID Card
To view a complete list of acceptable documentation, please click here
, scroll down, and click on “What Identification do I need to take on the day?”
What to Do Before Going to the Test Centre
One of the best things you can do for yourself prior to test day is take time to study for the CITB exam. Studying significantly increases your likelihood of earning a passing score. To obtain revision materials, please follow this link
How Do I Book a Test?
If you would like to register for the Watford CITB Exam, simply click here
and complete our online form.What Is A CITB Test?
A CITB test is a name that is commonly used when talking about the CITB Health, Safety, and Environment Test. The reason the CITB test is used instead of its official name is because it is the test you need to take in order to obtain a CSCS card.
The CITB Test actually has 3 different levels that you can take. The level you need to sit will depend on the type of CSCS card you are looking to get.
Knowing which test to take can be confusing but this simple guide should help you work out which one is right for you.
The Operatives Test
The Operatives Test is the most commonly taken CITB test as it covers the majority of roles that people hold in the construction industry.
CSCS Cards that can be obtained with the Operatives Test: CSCS Green Card (Labourer), CSCS Red Card (Provisional).
The Specialists Test
This is the second level of the CITB test and goes into more detail than the Operatives Test.
CSCS Cards that can be obtained with the Specialists Test: 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
The Managers or Professionals Test is the highest level you can take. It requires a great deal of knowledge to pass so it is best suited to experienced construction workers who are looking to hold senior roles.
CSCS Cards that can be obtained with the Managers or Professionals Test: CSCS Red Card (Technical, Supervisor or Managers), CSCS White Card (Academic or Professionally Qualified Person), CSCS Black Card (Manager).
Passing Your CITB Test
Whichever CITB test you take, they are all challenging and you will need to prepare before heading to the test centre in Watford. In our experience, the most common reason for not passing is lack of preparation. To pass your CITB test, you will need to achieve a score of 45 out of 50 correct answers. This can only be done if you prepare properly for the test. Holding a CSCS card can be extremely beneficial for your career so you should take the test seriously.