Which Test Do I Need?

The most common CSCS test taken is the Operatives test. This test covers the most common trades including: General Labourers, Site Operatives, Bricklayers, Joiners, Carpenters, Painters & Decorators, Plasterers, Ground-workers and many more. This test is suitable for the most popular CSCS cards including: CSCS Green Card, Red Trainee Card, Blue Card, Gold Card, White Card and Yellow Card.

The only time you may need to take another test other than the Operatives Test, is if you are a Specialist, see specialist test options below:
Manager or Professional > Managers & Professionals Test
Supervisor > Supervisor Test
Plumber > Plumbing/Gas Test
Demolition > Demolition Test
Highways > Highway Works Test
Scaffolder/Roofer > Working at Height Test
HVACR > HVACR Test
The information on this page is only a guide and can depend on your individual situation. Please check with your site supervisor or employer if you are unsure about which test or card would be right for you.

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CSCS Green Card Operative

CSCS Green Card Operative

To get this card you must have completed the Health Safety and Awareness one day level 1 course, or online CSCS Green Card course. Proof of the qualification must be submitted. All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test which can be booked below. This card is valid for 5 years.

Test: Operatives Test

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CSCS Blue Card Skilled Worker

CSCS Blue Card Skilled Worker

To get a CSCS Blue Card you must have completed and hold certification for an NVQ or SVQ level 2.  Proof of the qualification must be submitted. All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test which can be booked below. This card is valid for 5 years.

Test: Operatives or Specialist test

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CSCS Red Card Apprentice

CSCS Red Card Apprentice

This card is for anyone who has started a recognised apprenticeship. Proof from your training organisation or employer must be submitted. All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test which can be booked below. This card is valid for 4 years 6 months.

Test: Operatives or Specialist test

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CSCS Red Card Experienced Worker

CSCS Red Card Experienced Worker

This card is for people who hold on the job experience and are registered to complete an NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or higher. You must submit proof of your registration on to an NVQ from your training provider. This card is valid for one year and cannot be renewed.  All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test which can be booked below.

Test: Operatives or Specialist test

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CSCS Red Card Technical, Supervisor, Managers

CSCS Red Card Technical, Supervisor, Managers

This temporary card is only available to supervisors, managers and technical workers with on the job experience. You must be registered to complete an NVQ or equivalent level 3 or higher and submit proof of your registration from your training provider. All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test which can be booked below.

Test: Specialist, Managers or Professionals test

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CSCS Red Card Trainee

CSCS Red Card Trainee

This card is for someone who is registered to complete a vocational, academic or professional qualification. You must submit proof of your registration on to an NVQ from your training provider, professional body or university. This card is valid for five years and cannot be renewed. All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test which can be booked below.

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CSCS Red Card Provisional

CSCS Red Card Provisional

The CSCS Red Card is a provisional (temporary) card for people who have never held a CSCS Card. The card lasts for 6 months and is not renewable. You do not need to submit proof of any qualifications with this applications. All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test which can be booked below.

Test: Operatives test

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CSCS Gold Card Supervisory

CSCS Gold Card Supervisory

The CSCS Gold Card is for anyone in a supervisory position who has completed an NVQ/SVQ level 3 or 4. You must submit proof of your qualification with this application. This card is valid for 5 years. All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test which can be booked below. 

Test: Operatives or Specialist test

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CSCS Gold Card Advanced

CSCS Gold Card Advanced

The CSCS Advanced Craft Gold Card is for anyone who has completed an NVQ level 3 or apprenticeship qualification. You must submit proof of your qualification with this application. This card is valid for 5 years. All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test which can be booked below. 

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CSCS Black Card Manager

CSCS Black Card Manager

To get a CSCS Black Card is for anyone who has completed a construction management NVQ level 5, 6 or 7 or equivalent qualification. You must of previously held a level 4 qualification and submit proof of your qualification with this application. This card is valid for 5 years. All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test which can be booked below. 

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CSCS White Card Academically Qualified Person

CSCS White Card Academically Qualified Person

The CSCS White Card is for people who have completed construction related degrees or qualifications such as: HNDs, HNCs, CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH diplomas. You must submit proof of your qualification with this application. This card is valid for 5 years. All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and envrionment test which can be booked below.

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CSCS White Card Professionally Qualified Person

CSCS White Card Professionally Qualified Person

This CSCS White Card is for people who are members of CSCS assessed professional bodies. You must submit proof of your professional body registration or membership with this application, if you do not have proof you cannot proceed with this application. This card is valid for 5 years. All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test which can be booked below. 

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