Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card is essential for entry into construction work in the UK. There are five different types of CSCS cards coded by colour, with each one representing a different level of skill, experience and competency. What are the different types of CSCS cards? Let’s take a look at the requirements for each card so that you know which variety to apply for.
What Types of CSCS Cards Are There?
CSCS cards begin with entry-level Green and Red cards. Green cards are designed for general labourers who will be working with skilled workers. To achieve this card candidates must gain a Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. Red cards are for candidates who are in training for a formal construction-related Level 2 (or above) qualification that will lead to them becoming skilled workers. Once the formal qualification has been achieved, the card will be upgraded to a higher colour appropriate to their qualification, usually Blue.
Blue CSCS are suitable for skilled workers who have achieved a construction-related qualification or apprenticeship programme. This will usually be an NVQ or an SVQ Level 2. Gold cards are one step above Blue and represent that a candidate is at a supervisory level or has an advanced craft skill. It can be achieved by completing higher levels of formal qualifications and gaining experience in supervisory roles within a construction environment.
Black CSCS cards are the highest level available for construction workers and are suitable for managers. High levels of qualification – NVQ or SVQ level 4 or above – are required for this card in addition to relevant work experience in the construction industry.
What Type of CSCS Card Do I Need?
If you’re first entering the construction industry you will need either a Green Labourer or Red Trainee card. If you’re entering the industry by way of an apprenticeship or you’re working towards a formal qualification, you’ll need the Red card. Once the qualification has been achieved, you’ll be able to apply for the Blue Skilled Worker card. If you’re looking to apply for supervisory or managerial roles, you’ll need a Gold or Black respectively.
Here at FaCT, we offer the health and safety training for CSCS cards, and we provide CIBT approved tests for the renewal of all types of CSCS cards. Learn more about our CSCS Card test centres or check out our CSCS Card Guide to learn more about the cards.
For those working in the fencing industry, they need to hold FISS/CSCS cards which are similar to CSCS cards, but also enable card holders to work within the fencing industry. FaCT deliver the training and formal qualifications for the four different levels of FISS/CSCS cards.
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