How to apply for a CSCS card

  • June 22, 2019

To get any CSCS card, you first must have passed the CITB health, safety and environment test at an approved test centre. The test may vary depending on your trade and qualifications, but in most occasions, you will need to pass the "operatives" test. There is some specialist test that may need to be taken for specific job roles and a guide to these tests are below.

We have made booking a test as simple as possible. All you need to do is complete our booking form and when you enter your postcode, we will select the nearest official test centre to you. Alternatively, you can search for a test centre from our find a centre page

Once you have passed your test you can then apply for your card. If your not sure which card you need then a guide to the available cards is here

supervisory (SUP)
demolition (DEM)
plumbing (JIB) (PLUM)
highway works (HIW)
specialist work at height (WAH)
lifts and escalators (LAEE)
tunnelling (TUNN)
HVACR - heating and plumbing services (HAPS)
HVACR - pipefitting and welding (PFW)
HVACR - ductwork (DUCT)
HVACR - refrigeration and air conditioning (RAAC)
HVACE - services and facilities maintenance
Managerial and Professional (MAP)


Green CSCS Card

Green CSCS Card

Labourer & General Operative

Are you a labourer, bricklayer, carpenter, electrician or general construction site operative? For most construction occupations you will need to apply for a green CSCS card and pass the operatives CITB health and safety test. You must have passed the CITB health safety and environment test within the last 2 years to apply for or renew a CSCS card. If you have not, you can request a test by clicking on the book now button below. This card replaces the Construction Site Operative card (CSO) that has now been withdrawn.

What test do I need? To apply for the green card you will need to pass the "operatives" CITB Health, Safety and environment test.

Valid for: this card is valid for 5 years

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Blue CSCS Card

Blue CSCS Card

Skilled worker

If you have completed an employer sponsored apprenticeship or achieved a construction related NVQ or SVQ level 2, then you can apply for a Blue CSCS card.

What test do I need? You will need to pass the CITB health and safety test relevant to your job role. In most cases, this will be the operatives test but if you are in a specialist role you may require a test matching your occupation (such as working at heights or highway works).

Valid for: This card is valid for 5 years

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Gold CSCS Card

Gold CSCS Card

Advanced Craft or Supervisory

Have you achieved a construction related NVQ or SVQ level 3 or Construction Related Supervisory NVQ or SVQ level 3 or 4? Then you need a gold card.

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Black CSCS Card

Black CSCS Card


Managers who have an achievement of construction related NVQ/SVQ levels 5, 6 or 7 in the relevant construction management level qualification will require a black card.

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White CSCS Card

White CSCS Card

Academically Qualified Person

Those who have completed certain construction related degrees, HNDs, HNCs, CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH diplomas.

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Red CSCS Card

Red CSCS Card

Apprentice, trainee, experienced worker or experienced supervisor or manager.

Red cards are temporary cards issued to apprentices, experienced workers and experienced supervisors or managers while training towards a recognised apprenticeship framework or construction related NVQ or SVQ. You will still need to pass the CITB health safety and environment test within the last 2 years to apply for a card. If you have not done so, click on the book now button below.

What Test do I need? All applicants must pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment Test. Construction Professionals in a Supervisory role should take the Supervisors test. Managers should take the Manager and Professionals Test.

valid for: This card is valid for 3 years only and cannot be renewed.

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How to book your CSCS card test today

Book Your CITB Health & Safety Test for a CSCS Card by following the below steps.

1. Complete our simple booking form.

Quick and easy online booking form, available in multiple languages, all exams covered at UK CITB centres. Secure payments using our payment portal.

2. Receive your appointment

We will check your requested dates against the appointments available to give you the best possible match. Unable to attend on your allocated date? Free rescheduling is available (just email us with your booking number, subject to terms)

3. Attend your exam

Attend your chosen centre on your given date/time and complete your CITB exam. Upon completion you will be given instructions on how to apply for your CSCS card.

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