What is CSCS?CSCS is the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. CSCS is a not-for-profit company governed by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). We all know, education is the best method of prevention therefore this scheme is designed to give you the knowledge to look after yourself and others on site.
Anyone who wants to work on a construction site should hold a CSCS card. It shows that you have met training requirements and are qualified to work in construction. It’s not a legislative requirement but most construction employers want their employees to hold them. There are different cards to cover different jobs. These jobs include Labourer, Skilled Worker, Manager and Apprentice.
How can I qualify?You will need to pass a test to qualify for the card - much like passing a driving theory test. This is the CITB Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) test. The HS&E test has 12 case study questions, based on 10 principles. The idea is to see how you respond to health and safety on site.
The test ensures you are knowledgeable about 5 key areas. These are working environments; occupational health; safety; high risk activities; and specialist activities.
The best way to pass the test is to revise, and complete sample tests within the materials. You can get revision materials from:
- Bookstores on the high street or online
- Smartphone apps (available on Apple or Google Play)
- Construction Industry Training Board shop (CITB)
Find out more about applying by visiting the official CSCS website here.